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Staff numbers rise

Universities are growing, according to figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency on 21 January.

Higher education providers added 8,055 jobs in the year to 2014-15, an increase of 2 per cent.

Academic staff comprise just under half of all employees, the same proportion as the previous year. Some 90 per cent of full-time academic staff were employed on teaching and research or research-only contracts, whereas 60 per cent of part-time staff were employed on teaching-only contracts.

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