Trinity College Dublin worried high student to staff ratio will damage international reputation

University has not made any progress in reducing class sizes and has privately warned that the issue could damage its reputation

Trinity: university has said it wants to cut its student–staff ratio to 16:1 by 2025. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Trinity College Dublin has admitted that it is “dismayed” by its inability to reduce its student:staff ratio, blaming a lack of government funding for an issue that the university fears could damage its reputation globally.

The country’s oldest university has said it wants to reduce its ratio of staff to students from 18:1 to 16:1 by 2025 as part of its five-year strategic plan, amid concerns that Irish universities are struggling compared to their European ...