Professor Hugh Brady is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol.
A graduate of University College Dublin, Professor Brady trained in general medicine and was awarded PhD and MD degrees for research in renal physiology and molecular medicine. His academic career has included positions at Harvard and the University of Toronto, and he is an international authority on the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease.
In 2004 Professor Brady was appointed President and Chief Officer of University College Dublin. Through his ten year term he led UCD through a strategic and physical transformation that enabled it to increase its market share of the most able students, grow its international student numbers, boost its research income and performance, expand its international partnerships, and increase its income from philanthropy and other non-governmental sources.
Professor Brady has held several leadership roles, including as a member of Ireland’s Higher Education Authority, Chairman of the Irish Universities Association and Chairman of the Universitas 21 Network of global research universities.
He is a non-Executive Director of the Kerry Group plc and ICON plc. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Queen’s University Belfast, an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Anaesthetists in Ireland and the Robert Menzies Medal from the University of Melbourne.
The University of Bristol is a leading research intensive UK university, ranked within the top 50 universities in the world. The University is a major driver of prosperity in the region and, in accordance with its charitable mission, delivers a public benefit to its students and to British society. In a very competitive market for the best talent, it is essential that the University of Bristol offers a competitive remuneration package that allows it to attract an outstanding Vice-Chancellor to lead this diverse and complex organisation of 22,000 students, over 6000 staff and an income of over £500 million.
The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Hugh Brady, whose salary is set and reviewed annually by the Remuneration Committee of the Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Board. The Remuneration Committee is comprised primarily of independent lay members of the Board. For further information, please see the terms of reference of the Remuneration Committee. Although also a member of the Remuneration Committee, Professor Brady is not present when his remuneration, including salary and other benefits, is being considered or decided upon.
In reviewing the Vice-Chancellor’s salary the Remuneration Committee considers a number of factors taking account of performance, general pay movement for all University staff, retention, and any relevant market considerations. The latter is informed by salary survey information provided by the Committee of University Chairs.
With effect from 1 August 2016 the Remuneration Committee awarded Professor Brady a 1% pay increase and he currently receives an annual salary of £277,750. There are no additional bonus arrangements. The Vice-Chancellor is entitled to membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) but has elected to receive payment in lieu of pension contributions, currently £44,162pa; a sum derived from the employer’s contribution rate in USS and which is provided on a basis that is cost neutral to the university.
Professor Brady is required to live in the Vice-Chancellor’s official residence which is extensively used for hosting a varied annual programme of formal and informal University engagement and fundraising events with our alumni, supporters, partners and philanthropic benefactors. He is also required to travel extensively in the UK and internationally to raise the University's profile in a competitive Higher Education market place, broker partnerships with leading institutions, contribute to the international student recruitment activities, and to maintain and extend the University’s worldwide network of alumni and major donors.
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