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Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has embarked on a comprehensive utilisation survey for the whole academic year in order to gain an insight into the use of the estate. The Continuous Utilisation Survey is a physical check of 335 rooms every hour between 9am and 6pm to count the number of occupants. To avoid excessive paper waste while saving £570 in printing costs, temporary staff used iPads to record data. Drop box was used to synchronise records and mitigate the need to manually transfer all information. This significantly streamlined data capture and analysis. Following its success in the teaching space category, the utilisation survey is now being rolled out into staff offices. This will also ensure that NTU is making progress towards the government guidelines of a 0.8:1 ratio of desks per FTE.
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