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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 July 2019

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (370)

Kathleen Funchion


370. 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 institutes of technology. [31671/19]

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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 Institutes of Technology is recorded at 15:1.

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 345 academic staff and an estimated cost €20m per annum.  It should be noted that this figure includes Department funded staff and externally funded staff.