UL to increase teacher numbers following Government approval

UNIVERSITY of Limerick is set to increase its number of teaching staff by 140 in the near future.

This comes as universities across Ireland have been given the green light by Government to recruit more than 1,500 new permanent teachers.

The move is aimed at improving student-staff ratios, which have been shifting towards a steep imbalance since austerity-era recruitment restrictions were set down in 2010.

Student-staff ratios in Irish universities currently stand at around 23:1, a jump above the EU-wide average of 15:1.

In University College Cork, 124 new permanent teaching staff have been greenlit, with 156 set for University College Dublin, 150 at Technological University Dublin, 119 at Trinity College Dublin.

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Atlantic Technological University will see the largest injection of new permanent teaching staff with 192 teachers greenlit.