The University of Surrey speaks out in a row over pay.
It has been under fire for refusing to explain why it had given its vice-chancellor a pay rise.
Sir Christopher Snowden’s salary has increased to £329,000 having received a 2.73% raise from the university.
But in a statement, bosses say the rise is in line with average increases secured by other staff in the same year.
A spokesperson for the University of Surrey said: “This is very much in line with the average increases secured by other staff in the same year once base salary, performance pay and salary increments are taken into account.
“It also reflects the fact that under Professor Sir Christopher Snowden’s leadership, the university had an outstanding year.
“There were a number of notable successes including league table rankings in which the university gained top ten status for the first time, highest ever student satisfaction, the launch of the new School of Veterinary Medicine and the world’s first research centre dedicated to mobile technology which will lead international research into 5G.”
Last week a UK-wide report revealed details into the world of senior academic pay.
All but five university vice-chancellors earned more than the Prime Minister last year.
University staff have been on strike six times since October in protest at a 1% pay increase.