Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (370)

Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.