Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (369)

Kathleen Funchion


369. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of each one point reduction in the academic staff to student ratio for universities. [31670/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that in accordance with the methodology used in the published institutional profiles, the current academic staff:student ratio in Universities is recorded at 20:1.

This is calculated based on the 2017/18 enrolment figures for full time equivalent (FTE) students (full and part time) to all academic staff as at 31 Dec 2017. 

A one point reduction would require an estimated additional 288 academic staff and an estimated cost €17m per annum.  It should be noted that this figure includes Department funded staff.  The estimated annual cost for a one point reduction in Department funded academic staff, is calculated at 200 staff at an annual cost of €12m.