Glynis Breakwell

Dame Glynis Marie Breakwell, DBE, FRSA, FAcSS, DL (born West Bromwich, 26 July 1952) is the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath in Bath. She is a social psychologist and an active public policy adviser and researcher specialising in leadership, identity process and risk management. In January 2014 she was listed in the Science Council's list of '100 leading UK practising scientists'.[1]

Breakwell has been a Fellow of the British Psychological Society since 1987 and an Honorary Fellow since 2006. She is a chartered health psychologist and in 2002 was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.[2]

Breakwell was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to higher education.[3] She is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Somerset.[4]

Criticism of excessive pay

In 2016, former education minister Lord Adonis called for an inquiry in the House of Lords as he criticised the "serious controversy" of salary increases awarded to Breakwell as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath. A pay rise of 11%, well above the 1.1% cap on pay for non-managerial staff across the higher education sector, took her yearly earnings to £451,000. "Put all that together, and Glynis Breakwell is paid almost exactly half a million pounds, more than three times the prime minister’s salary" said Lord Adonis.[5]

It was also reported around the same time by a freedom of information request submitted by Bath councillor Joe Rayment that Breakwell claimed an extra £20,000 in domestic expenses despite living in a grace-and-favour property owned by the university.[6][7][8]

In protest against Breakwell's pay package, four MPs resigned from the university court (advisory board) for the University of Bath: Darren Jones, Kerry McCarthy, David Drew, and Andrew Murrison.[9] Critics speculated that the controversy surrounding Breakwell's salary has led to a decline in applications; the university suffered an 18.5% drop in applications from non-EU applicants for 2018 entry, and an overall 6% drop against an 11.5% jump in applications for Bath's six closest competitors.[10]

A freedom of information request by the Bath Chronicle revealed Breakwell secured a further 3.9% pay rise in the 2016-17 academic year, raising her total wages and benefits to more than £468,000.[11] This led Adonis to refer to her pay rise – awarded whilst she herself was a member of the remuneration committee – as a "disgrace" and to call for her to resign. In response Breakwell issued a statement saying "The university is committed to the highest standards of governance and treats very seriously any complaint made." [11]

Addressing the issue of her salary in a 2015 interview, Breakwell stated: "I’m worth it...I’ve been in the job a long time and you do tend to get increases over time in most jobs. Frankly, I don’t think that there is anything I could say that would stop people saying that I earn too much and vice-chancellors earn too much, so I cannot engage in a conversation because I don’t think there is a way through."[12]


On 28 November 2017 Breakwell announced that she would step down as vice-chancellor on 31 August 2018, at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, and take a fully paid sabbatical semester before formally retiring on 28 February 2019.[13][14] As part of the terms of her resignation, the university will write off the interest-free loan for her £31,000 car which she can keep.[15]

Andrew Adonis called the terms of her resignation "outrageous" and that she was the worst case of "fat-cat pay", saying the sabbatical meant that she would be paid £700,000 to go.[16] A joint statement from trade unions representing staff at the University of Bath urged for Breakwell's resignation to be effective immediately, citing concerns over Breakwell continuing to exercise authority which generated a "climate of fear" on campus.[17] On 16 January 2018, the university court voted in favour for the immediate dismissal of Breakwell.[18]


Academic career

  • 1976-78 Lecturer in social psychology, University of Bradford
  • 1978-82 Prize Fellow in social psychology, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • 1978 BPS Young Social Psychologist Award
  • 1984 Associate Fellow
  • 1987 Fellow
  • 1993 Myers Award
  • 1995-99 Member Social Psychology Section Committee (Chair 1997-99)
  • 1978 MA (by special resolution) University of Oxford
  • 2006 Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • 2014 Science Council list of 100 leading UK practising Scientists
University of Surrey
  • 1981-87 Lecturer in social psychology
  • 1987-88 Reader
  • 1991-2001 Professor of Psychology
  • 1990-95 Head of Department of Psychology
  • 1994-95 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Staff Development and Continuing Education)
  • 1995-2001 Head of School of Human Sciences
University of Bath
  • 2001–present Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath
Shandong University, China
  • Honorary Professor

Current appointments


  • Banks, Michael; Bates, Inge; Breakwell, Glynis; Bynner, John M.; Emler, Nicholas; Jamieson, Lynn; Roberts, Kenneth B. (1991). Careers and Identities. Open University Press. ISBN 978-0335097142.
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Rowett, Colin (1982). Social Work: The Social Psychological Approach. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 0442305192.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1985). The Quiet Rebel. Century. ISBN 071260717X.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1986). Coping with Threatened Identities. Sydney: Law Book Co of Australasia. ISBN 0416371205.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1989). Facing Physical Violence. Routledge. ISBN 0901715956.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1990). Interviewing (Problems in Practice). BPS Blackwell. ISBN 978-1854330000.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1991). Social Psychology of Political and Economic Cognition. Academic Press Inc. ISBN 978-0121286804.
  • Rowett, Colin; Breakwell, Glynis (1992). Managing Violence at Work. NFER-Nelson. ASIN B0018LSXWM.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1992). Social Psychology of Identity and the Self Concept. Academic Press Inc. ISBN 978-0121286859.
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Canter, David (1993). Empirical Approaches to Social Representations. Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198521815.
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Millard, L. (1995). Basic Evaluation Methods: Analysing Performance, Practice and Procedure. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1854331618.
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Smith, Jonathan A.; Wright, Daniel B. (2012). Research Methods in Psychology (4 ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-0857022646.
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Lyons, Evanthia (1996). Changing European Identities: Social Psychological Analyses of Social Change. Garland Science. ISBN 978-0750630085.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1997). Coping with Aggressive Behaviour (Personal and Professional Development). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1854332059.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (2003). Doing Social Psychology Research. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405108126.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (2003). Doing Social Psychology Research. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405108126.
  • Breakwell, Glynis (2014). The Psychology of Risk (2 ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107602700.
  • Jaspal, Rusi; Breakwell, Glynis (2014). Identity Process Theory: Identity, Social Action and Social Change. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107022706.


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  2. ^ "Professor Dame Glynis M. Breakwell DBE, DL". University of Bath. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  3. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Vice-Chancellor appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset". University of Bath. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ Adams, Richard (13 July 2017). "University vice-chancellors are paid too much, says Lord Adonis". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Inequality cry over £18,953 home expenses of University of Bath Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell". Bath Chronicle. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  7. ^ "University boss paid £400,000 claims £20,000 domestic expenses despite living for free". The Express. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  8. ^ Glaister, Dan (26 November 2017). "Why genteel Bath is now leading the fight against sky-high executive pay". The Observer. London. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Fourth MP quits Bath University role over vice-chancellor's pay". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  10. ^ Bennett, Rosemary. "Vice-chancellor Dame Glynis Breakwell salary row deters Bath university applicants". The Times. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  11. ^ a b editor, Richard Adams Education (2017-11-19). "Calls for Bath University vice-chancellor to resign over further pay rise". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  12. ^ Ashton, James. "Vice Chancellor of Bath University says £9,000 tuition fees and maintenance grant cuts are not insurmountable problems". Independent.
  13. ^ "University announces retirement of Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  14. ^ Coughlan, Sean (2017-11-28). "Bath university head quits in pay row". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  15. ^ "Bath University chief Dame Glynis Breakwell quits with six-figure golden goodbye". The Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Highest-paid university vice-chancellor in UK resigns after pay pressure". Financial Times.
  17. ^ "'Climate of fear' under University of Bath vice-chancellor must end now, say trade unions". Bath Chronicle.
  18. ^ "University of Bath vice-chancellor voted out in pay row". BBC News. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Board". Universities Superannuation Scheme. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  20. ^ "UK Board". Universities UK. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
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Breakwell is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

David Breakwell (born 1946), former English cricketer

Dennis Breakwell (born 1948), former English first-class cricketer

Glynis Breakwell, DBE (born 1952), the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath in Bath, England

Ian Breakwell (1943–2005), British fine artist

John V. Breakwell (1917–1991), American control theorist and a Professor of Astronautics at Stanford University

Spike Breakwell (born 1968), British comedian

Thomas Breakwell (1872–1902), the first Englishmen to become a Bahá’í

Tom Breakwell (1915–unknown), an English professional footballer

David VandeLinde

David VandeLinde is an American electrical engineering graduate from Carnegie Tech in 1964 and was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick from 2001 to 2006.

David VandeLinde was raised in St. Albans, WV. He graduated from St. Albans High School in 1960. He played football and was an offensive end.

Professor VandeLinde came to Warwick in 2001 from the University of Bath, where he had been Vice-Chancellor for nine years. He was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) by the University of Bath in 2001.VandeLinde saw Warwick through five years of fast growth, but not without controversy. As well as being closely associated with the 'corporate' ethos of Warwick, he became prominent supporter of higher tuition fees for students. He was also a firm supporter of the University's attempts to build a campus in Singapore, which did not ultimately come to fruition.

Before coming to the United Kingdom, VandeLinde was dean of the engineering faculty at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Glynis or Glynnis is a given name of Welsh origin. It may refer to:

Glynis Barber (born 1955), South African actress

Glynis Breakwell, (born 1952), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath

Glynnis Talken Campbell, American romance writer, composer, musician and voiceover artist

Glynis Coles (born 1954), English retired tennis player

Glynis Johns (born 1923), Welsh stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer

Glynnis McDaris (born 1979), American photographer, artist and curator

Glynis Nunn (born 1960), Australian former heptathlete, and the first Olympic champion in the event

Glynnis O'Connor (born 1955), American actress

Glynis Penny (born 1951), English former long-distance runner

Glynis Roberts (born 1961), politician from the nation of Grenada

Glynis Sweeny (born 1962), American illustrator and caricaturist

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