UL medical school chief to earn €240,000 per annum

THE new head of a medical school in the University of Limerick will earn about €40,000 more than the college president.

The salary for the head of UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) could top €241,000.

The salary is in line with Government-approved pay scale for a medical consultant.

It will be one of the country’s highest-paid academic jobs.

The outgoing head of the medical school Prof Paul Finucane is to step down next year.

The successful applicant is to earn between €231,653 to €241,539 yearly, but less 10% if the successor is a new entrant to the public sector.

The salary is well above the €193,843 earned by the president of UL, Prof Don Barry.

A spokeswoman for UL yesterday said: “This salary scale is set by Government. The head of the GEMS is at medical consultant level and the salary scales for medical consultants are set by government.

“The salary costs associated with the head of the school are provided for in the grant for GEMS that is received from the Higher Education Authority.”

The head of the GEMS is one of five UL employees earning between €200,000 and €250,000.

Last week, the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn confirmed that of the 99 employees in the higher education sector receiving in excess of €200,000 per annum, 89 are academic medical consultants.

The GEMS at UL was established in 2007 and is the first medical school to be founded since the establishment of the State and the first graduate entry medical school in Ireland.

The first 32 students graduated from the school this year and currently, it has 366 students.

The UL spokeswoman said: “70% of the students enrolled are currently Irish /EU and 30% international.”

Irish /EU students pay annual fees of €13,915, while the HEA contributes an additional €11,000 to UL for each student. Non-EU students pay €38,500 per annum.

A €15 million GEMS building &is due for completion in time for the 2012/2013 academic year.

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