Written answers

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Further and Higher Education

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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146. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund has concluded or if additional calls will be made in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59336/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy may be aware,  five projects were approved under the Higher Education strategic infrastructure Fund (HESIF). The five projects in question are at various stages, from planning and design to construction (see table below). Delivery of projects in the higher education sector is devolved to the higher education institutions.  Responsibility for the planning and procurement processes, as well as project delivery timelines, all fall within the remit of the HEIs. 

Project reporting by the HEIs to the HEA is in line with agreed Devolved Control Procedures. 

HEI Location/Name DFHERIS Funding Stage
Maynooth University Technology Society & Innovation Building €25m On site
IT Sligo Extension to Central Campus (EO1) Project €6.6m On Site 
UCC Cork University Business School (CUBS) Project €25m Design
NUIG Learning Commons Project €15m Design
UCD Future Campus Project €25m Pre-tender
My Department is currently reviewing the parameters of the next phase of Exchequer capital investment in the further and higher education sectors in the context of NDP ceilings published last month.  It is intended that new funding programmes will be rolled out in the near future.


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