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The University of Chester has been criticised over plans to rent accommodation to its vice chancellor for less than what its students pay while 86 other staff face redundancies

The University of Chester has been criticised over plans to rent accommodation to its vice chancellor for less than what its students pay while 86 other staff face redundancies

A university has been criticised for plans to charge its £280,000-a-year vice chancellor LESS in rent than its own students.

The University of Chester's vice-chancellor Professor Eunice Simmons boasts an annual salary and pension package of £284,533.

Professor Simmons is planning to move into a 42 square-metre flat in plush and luxurious Senate House on campus, with her rent set at £121-a-week.

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But the University and College Union (UCU) have revealed she will pay £28 a week less than students on campus renting the £149-a-week university flats.

It comes as 86 staff members at the university are under consultation and at risk of losing their jobs.

The university's website describes historic hotel and conference building Senate House as 'one of our most attractive and historic buildings'.

It adds: 'Senate House has been transformed into an elegant entertaining space for all occasions, whether you are celebrating a birthday, , leaving dinner or another special occasion.

'It offers fine dining in its elegant restaurant and hosts meetings in the drawing room in a relaxed environment.'

The university insist a valuation was carried out to work out the rent, taking into account that she would be sharing the kitchenette with nearby meeting rooms.

But students living in small en-suite studio rooms in the university-owned Grosvenor House, with no washing machines and 'small double beds' are paying 23 per cent more than their vice chancellor will pay.

Prof Simmons plans to 'reconfigure two offices' at Senate House to create her flat, for which she will pay the rent, to give her somewhere to stay on campus.

Prof Simmons said in the email to staff: 'I have been giving thought as to how I can contribute to building our University community going forward.

Prof Eunice Simmons (pictured) plans to 'reconfigure offices' at the University of Chester's Senate House to create her flat and will pay £28 less each week than its own students

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Prof Eunice Simmons (pictured) plans to 'reconfigure offices' at the University of Chester's Senate House to create her flat and will

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