Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (326)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


326. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of each one-point reduction in the academic staff to student ratio for universities. [35251/19]

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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 and externally funded staff.   The estimated annual cost for a one point reduction in core academic staff is calculated at 200 staff at an annual cost of €12m.