20 JANUARY 1950, Page 16

University Salaries think there is a certain amount of misunderstanding

about university salaries, to which your remarks last week might seem to lend support. It is perhaps worth making clear that, in Oxford and Cambridge at least, only a small number of university teachers are affected by the increases in salary. This is, of course, because the majority of teachers are paid by their colleges, and to increase their salaries would require the decision of the individual colleges. If I may give an example: it is still possible for a fully qualified married lecturer, living out of college, to be employed as a full-time teacher on a gross salary of £300 a year, and under conditions laid down by the college, which make it impossible to supplement this salary in any way. There remains, therefore, very considerable disparity between the incomes' even of people doing the same kind of work within the univer- sity. Moreover, the civil servants could hardly justify an increase in their own salaries by comparison with those of all university teachers.—Yours