Sir David Bell is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading.
As Vice-Chancellor, Sir David has general responsibility to the University governing body – the Council – for maintaining and promoting the effectiveness, efficiency and good order of the University.
He chairs the Senate and the University Executive Board, and is an ex-officio member of all major committees in the University, many of which he chairs. He is a Board member of Universities UK and is the principal channel of communication with the Higher Education Funding Council, other universities, outside bodies and the general public.
Sir David Bell’s salary has been set at £260,383 in 2016/17. He is a member of the University (USS) pension scheme. The employer pension contribution is fixed at 18% for all scheme members.
His salary and conditions of service are independently determined by the University’s Remuneration Committee, where he plays no part in the decision.
In June 2016, the Committee decided Sir David will receive no salary increase in future years, aside from future national pay awards available to all university staff. This will be next reviewed in June 2019. View the University of Reading's published accounts for details of Sir David’s salary in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
Sir David lives in a University-owned property. He pays the University privately for the cleaning of the property.
From 2016/17 Sir David will donate £13,500 to the Vice-Chancellor’s China Scholarship Scheme. He is also a monthly donor to the University and contributes on a regular basis to the University’s prize fund.
As of 1st August 2016, Sir David is on the Universities UK Board. He is part of UUK’s Efficiency Monitoring & Oversight Panel; UUK’s Funding Policy Network; and UUK’s Student Funding Panel.
In addition, Sir David has the following external interests:
- John Madejski Academy: governor and trustee
- Open Futures Trust: trustee
- Higher Education Policy Institute: member of the Advisory Board
- Royal Military Academy Sandhurst: Independent Advisory Panel member
- Reading UK CIC: Board member
- The Law Commission: non-Executive Director (for which he is paid £300 a day for up to 20 days per year)