There is a fluctuating population of approximately 30 staff, roughly half of whom are core-funded by the DCAL. Senior research staff at the Observatory are employed on a Research Astronomer scale equivalent to the NICS Grade 7, which equates roughly to the level of a university senior lecturer, reader or professor. On the average, each Research Astronomer will have 1 externally funded post-doctoral research assistant and between 1 and 3 research students. In the past, students have been registered at various UK and other European universities, but most are usually registered at the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB), an institution that has strong links with the Observatory and which has formally recognized the Observatory as an approved institution for the supervision of PhD and MPhil students. The Observatory currently employs 20-25 research staff including students, who are supported by a pool of 2 technical (computer-related) staff, 1 librarian, 1 group secretary, 1 finance officer, and a senior administrator shared (50%) with the Armagh Planetarium. The 14 acres of landscaped grounds, which include the Armagh Astropark, are maintained by a grounds/meteorological support officer who is also responsible for recording the daily meteorological observations. The current staff position of the Armagh Observatory (31 December 2000) is given in Appendix A.