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Third Level Facilities

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 9 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Questions (87, 88, 89)

Brendan Smith

Question:

85 Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the most recent percentage occupancy rates of teaching and research facilities in each of the third level institutions here in terms of the number of hours that these facilities are used. [33679/11]

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Brendan Smith

Question:

86 Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the most recent percentage occupancy rates of teaching and research facilities in each third level institution, broken down on a monthly basis in terms of the number of hours that these facilities are used. [33680/11]

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Brendan Smith

Question:

87 Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the most recent percentage occupancy rates of teaching and research facilities in each third level institution during the day, evening time and weekends, in terms of the number of hours that these facilities are used. [33681/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 85 to 87, inclusive, together.

The detailed information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. However, the Higher Education Authority has commenced an exercise to assess the efficiency of utilisation of existing higher education space with a view to determining whether spare capacity exists within the sector critically during holidays, night-time, weekends and which may be used to absorb increased student numbers or for other relevant purposes. It is anticipated that data collected from the exercise may become part of a space management tool that may be used by institutions to more effectively manage their physical estates.

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