§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what he expects to be the average student-academic staff ratio for the university sector.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
In December 1983, the latest year for which information is available, the student-staff ratio in universities in Great Britain was 10.2. This ratio is 707W defined as the full-time equivalent of undergraduate and postgraduate students divided by full-time academic staff funded wholly from university funds.
Academic staff student ratios for future years will depend on individual universities decisions on staffing levels within the resources available to them.