Change in Staff Complement and Students 2009 to 2016

by Faculty Association | Filed under December 2017.

To explore the legacy of the Cannon Presidency, we are comparing the data from immediately before she took office (the 2009/10 academic year) to the most recent year available (2016/17).  To ensure there is no question of the validity of the figures, we are using the University’s own figures from the relevant Fact Books.

Full-time equivalencies:

December 2009 December 2016 # change % change
Senior Admin 49.3 50.8 1.5 3.0%
Academic Staff* 1808.7 1845.6 36.9 2.0%
Management and Professional (M&P) 698.4 949.1 250.7 35.9%
Support 2138.3 2367.6 229.3 10.7%
Total 4694.7 5213.1 518.4 11.0%

*includes continuing, limited term and contingent term; does not include sessionals. The academic staff category includes academic administrators such as Department Heads and Associate Deans.

In other words, during this six-year period, the overall growth of the university staff increased by 11.0%, the M&P staff skyrocketed with 35.9% growth, while the academic staff stagnated with only 2.0% growth. If the increase in hiring due to the Faculty of Nursing in Qatar is taken into account, the overall increase in academic staff becomes almost nil.

During the period, the growth of M&P staff is 18 times that of academic staff while the growth in student numbers is triple the growth of academic staff. Student numbers grew by 6.3% over the same period as indicated below (full and part-time combined), worsening the student/academic ratio from 16.4:1 in 2009/10 to 17.1:1 in 2016/17:

  Fall 2009 Fall 2016 # change % change
Undergrad 23824 25619 1795 7.5%
Graduate 5839 6054 215 3.7%
Total 29663 31673 2010 6.3%

It is interesting to review the experience of the Faculties in considering the impact of the changes in (non-sessional) academic staff over this period, as reported in the Fact Books.  Unfortunately, as of the date of this update the 2016/17 data by Faculties is not yet available on the OIA website, so the information below is based on the 2015/16 data:

Fall 2009 Fall 2015 # change % change
Arts 398.1 372.2 -25.9 -6.5%
Education 85.5 86.5 +1.0 +1.2%
EVDS 29.0 26.0 -3.0 -10.3%
HSB 78.5 85.3 +6.8 +8.7%
Kinesiology 34.6 25.0 -9.6 -27.7%
Law 16.5 25.5 +9.0 +54.5%
LCR 54.0 45.0 -9.0 -16.7%
Medicine 509.3 497.1 -12.2 -2.4%
Nursing 54.1 77.4 +23.3 +43.1%
Qatar 25.0 49.0 +24.0 +96.0%
SSE 157.8 153.5 -4.3 -2.7%
Science 254.0 236.7 -17.3 -6.8%
Social Work 48.0 44.6 -3.4 -7.1%
Vet Med 49.9 68.9 +19.0 +38.1%
Total 1794.3 1792.7 -1.6 -0.1%


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