In a video seen by The Telegraph, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University Peter Horrocks appears breaking down in front of the academics after being accused of having a "hard heart."
Earlier this year, Horrocks came under fire for criticizing the striking staffers and accusing them of "not teaching."
"I think it's really important that the way that we use language absolutely acknowledges people's strengths and their differences," he is heard saying in the video.
The Vice-Chancellor argued that "using a particular verb: harden and soften" was inappropriate and that he "was hurt by that."
"I've got quite a soft heart. I care about this place. I didn't come here to be told I've got a hard heart," he exclaimed.
"I'm trying to save the place. Who do you think I am? A monster? Just driven by business? I came here because I care. I really care. And this place may fail."
The OU, which offers courses primarily to mature and part-time students, has been plagued by a decrease in the number of students ever since university fees were tripled in 2012.
He has since become a subject of major controversy for earning £360,000 per year, while overseeing a dramatic number of redundancies.
In April this year, the academic council at the OU passed a vote of no confidence in Horrocks, though his fate as the Vice-Chancellor currently remains unknown.