A row has blown up in Cheshire over a claim by a student tenant that she pays more rent than the college’s Vice Chancellor.
The Cheshire Live website says Chester University Vice Chancellor Eunice Simmons has an annual pay package of around £280,000 and rents on campus for £121 per week - and that is accommodation recently renovated at a reported cost of £21,000.
However, the same news website reports that the average student rent for accommodation is £149 per week.
This has prompted one student - Lauren Poole-Smith, 19 - to describe the perk for the Vice Chancellor as “incredibly disappointing and disheartening” which “reeks of privilege” and is “an abuse of power.”
A spokesperson for Chester University told the website that with regards to the Vice Chancellor’s rent level: “The valuation took into account that the kitchenette to be used … will also be used to service the adjacent meeting room and office so it is not self-contained like studios elsewhere on campus and the property is unfurnished, unlike other studios.
“Under the terms of the valuation contract, the university is unable to share details of the firm which carried out the work leading to the rent figure Prof Simmons will pay for the accommodation she will occupy in service to widening participation and student engagement at the university.”
Student accommodation has been in the spotlight in the past 15 months as rows have erupted over break clauses and whether students should be expected to honour tenancy contracts, despite being sent home for periods of time during the pandemic.
You can read the full Cheshire Live story here.
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