Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (369)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

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.