A survey has found that lecturers in Institutes of Technology are experiencing high levels of work related stress due to cutbacks in the sector.

The research was carried out by the Teachers' Union of Ireland in December 2014 with over 1,000 responses received.

Around half of those surveyed were found to be experiencing very high to high levels of work-related stress due to the impact of "flex hours", a lack of consultation on change and increasing student numbers.

The TUI is calling for immediate action to combat the problem, including the abolition of the "flex hours".

Under the Haddington Road Agreement, these are two additional hours of lecturing given per week.

The data was released ahead of the TUI's annual congress in Wexford on Tuesday.