Dáil Éireann - Volume 622 - 27 June, 2006

Written Answers. - Third Level Education.

Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of students enrolled on courses (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24664/06]

  Ms Hanafin: In May 2002 my Department approved the provision of 175 additional therapy training places to tackle shortages of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists as identified in the report “Current and Future Supply and Demand Conditions in the Labour Market for Certain Professional Therapists”, which was undertaken by Dr. Peter Bacon and Associates in 2001. The table below shows the student numbers on these courses in the 2004/05 academic year (latest full information available).

Enrolments Academic Year 2004/2005

M

F

Total

B.Sc. Speech and Language Therapy UCC

0

53

53

B.Sc. Speech and Language Therapy NUIG

0

48

48

B.Sc. Occupational Therapy UCC

3

51

54

B.Sc. Occupational Therapy NUIG

0

44

44

M.Sc. In Speech and Language Therapy UL

0

50

50

M.Sc. In Occupational Therapy UL

4

38

42

B.Sc. In Physiotherapy UL

18

67

85