A teaching union wants the Welsh Asssembly to investigate the appointment of a university boss’s wife to a highly-paid new job at the same institution.
Professor John Hughes has just taken up the post of vice chancellor at Bangor University, north Wales.
His wife Xinyu Wu has been appointed the university’s first director of international development on a salary of £75,000.
The couple will live in a £475,000 house, bought by their employer.
Philip Dixon, director in Wales of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), told the Western Mail newspaper: “It is a miraculous coincidence that these two people should find two highly paid jobs at the same institution at the same time.”
Possibly not. Professor Hughes was previously president of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where Wu was director of the international office
Dixon from the ATL went on: “This comes as university budgets are being slashed in a way they have never been slashed before.
“It seems extraordinary that a new post is being created at this time. I am not aware that Bangor University has any problems recruiting foreign students.
“I think the assembly government should put our minds at rest by having a look at this matter."
Bangor University said there was no cause for concern.