Agenda and minutes

Sarah Cowley Committee
Thursday, 3rd December, 2015 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 9 - Town Hall

Contact: Kelley Dunne 

Items
No. Item

15.

Appointment of Chairman

Minutes:

*           Resolved that Councillor Mussell be appointed as Chairman for this meeting of the Committee.

 

Councillor Mussell here took the Chair.

16.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowden, Dyer, Haw and Murphy.

17.

Minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2015 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Minutes:

*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2015, be approved and signed.

18.

Declarations of Interest from Members

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.

19.

Exclusion of the Public

Recommended that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item for the reason stated:

 

Item                 Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)

 

 5-7                  Exempt information relating to applicants for financial assistance (Para. 3 of Schedule 12A)

Minutes:

*          Resolved that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item for the reason stated:

 

            Minute                 Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)

           

 20-22                   Information relating to any individual (Para 1 of

schedule 12A).

20.

Income and Expenditure Projection for the Year Ending 31 March 2016

Minutes:

The Management Accountant presented the Income and Expenditure Account for the Year Ending 31 March 2016, outlining the foundations fund’s current position and updating the Committee on the awards claimed for the 2014/15 academic year.

*           Resolved that the report be noted.

 

21.

Applications Received by the Sarah Cowley Committee Since 2005/06

Minutes:

At the meeting of this Committee held on 19 February 2015, Members resolved that a report on the number of applications received by year be brought to the next meeting of this Committee for consideration.

The Management Accountant presented the report on Applications for support received by the Sarah Cowley Committee over a ten year period since 2005/06.

Analysis of the applications received indicated that the general trend over the last decade had been:

·         a declining number of applications received each academic year from 39 in 2005/06 to 8 in 2014/15;

·         historically fewer applications considered by the Committee held in February than the meeting previously held in November; and

·         a declining level of income over the last decade from a peak of £9,523 in 2007/08 to £1,963 in 2014/15 (a decrease of approximately 80%)

 

Members were informed that the Committee meetings held in November had been moved to December in order to allow students commencing study in September more time to understand and evaluate the costs associated with their courses however this had not increased the number of applications received.

As a result of the findings it was proposed that the Committee give consideration to the date and frequency of the meeting cycle. The following cycles were proposed: biannual cycle with meetings in December and early April, a biannual cycle with meetings in December and late May or a single annual meeting to be held in December.

*           Resolved that:

            (1)        the report be noted;

 

(2)        the Committee move to a single annual meeting to be held in December;

 

(3)        a review of the current application procedure be undertaken to determine whether the application form can be revised and/or information requirements reduced without significantly affecting the integrity of the process; and

 

(4)        a dedicated page on the Authority’s website continue to be maintained to promote the fund and market the opportunity directly with appropriate local schools and colleges.

22.

Applications for Financial Assistance

Minutes:

The Management Accountant and the Senior Accounting Technician presented the applications to Members.

Members considered the application for financial assistance for the academic year 2015/2016.


*           Resolved that;

 

(1)        the report be noted; and

(2)        the applications be dealt with as set out below:

Application Ref No.

Course Description

Non Advanced Courses

A1

The Beauty Academy, Manchester: City and Guilds in Beauty Academy : £0.00

A2

St Helens College: BTEC Diploma Level 2 IT : £452.55

 

 

Advanced Courses

B1

University of Liverpool, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery : £500.00

 

 

Post Graduate Courses

C1

University College London, MSc Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering : £260.00

 

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