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Dear Herefordshire College of Technology,

You will be aware that paragraph 12 of the SFA Funding Rules 2012/13 is newly revised and states that “Where the Agency has made a full contribution to the costs of a Learner’s programme, Providers must not make compulsory charges to employers or Learners for any delivery of the learning activity funded by the Agency.
This includes: administration, registration, assessment, materials or examination costs whether incurred directly by the Provider or charged by other organisations such as awarding organisations. This includes charges for identification passes, uniforms, tools and material where without them, a learner cannot complete and achieve their learning aim.”

Please can you provide me with the following information:

1. The estimated cost to the college of implementing these requirements in the year ahead
2. Copies of any papers, including at Corporation level, pertaining to the implementation of these requirements
3. Can you make clear whether you are intending to apply these standards to other provision in the college, and specifically whether you intend to implement for EFA funded provision

You will also be aware of changes to the required Instrument & Articles for the college that give it freedom to adopt new structures and practices.

Please can you provide me with the following information:

1. The number of student members of the corporation at present
2. The existing methodology in use for their appointment/selection/election
3. If there are any plans to change the number, or methodology for their appointment/selection/election"

Any Qs let me know

Jim

Yours faithfully,

Jim Dickinson

Amy Llewellyn, Herefordshire College of Technology

Hi Jim,
 
Please find below the response to your request:
 

1. The estimated cost to the college of implementing these requirements in
the year ahead:

£65,000 based on 11/12 enrolments

2. Copies of any papers, including at Corporation level, pertaining to the
implementation of these requirements:

None

3. Can you make clear whether you are intending to apply these standards
to other provision in the college, and specifically whether you intend to
implement for EFA funded provision.

The College does not charge EFA funded learners for enrolment,
registration or examination fees. The 'standards' only apply to SFA
provision.
    
You will also be aware of changes to the required Instrument & Articles
for the college that give it freedom to adopt new structures and
practices.
    
Please can you provide me with the following information:
    
1. The number of student members of the corporation at present
2. The existing methodology in use for their
appointment/selection/election
3. If there are any plans to change the number, or methodology for their
appointment/selection/election":

We appoint 2 student governors - one student studying at Hereford and the
other from Holme Lacy. 

The Learner Service Coordinator runs elections for student governors
amongst the Course Reps/Student Council.  We receive a great deal of
interest and 'candidates' and it is an effective process and don't have
any plans to change things currently.  The Search and Governance
Committee, who is responsible for recommending governor appointments,
discussed student governors and agreed a student from each campus should
continue to be appointed to ensure fair representation of students on the
Board.

I trust this completes your request.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Amy
 
 
Amy Llewellyn
Herefordshire College of Technology
Tel: 01432 365472

>>> Jim Dickinson <[FOI #127720 email]> 31/08/2012
12:04 >>>
     Dear Herefordshire College of Technology,
    
     You will be aware that paragraph 12 of the SFA Funding Rules
     2012/13 is newly revised and states that "Where the Agency has made
     a full contribution to the costs of a Learner's programme,
     Providers must not make compulsory charges to employers or Learners
     for any delivery of the learning activity funded by the Agency.
     This includes: administration, registration, assessment, materials
     or examination costs whether incurred directly by the Provider or
     charged by other organisations such as awarding organisations. This
     includes charges for identification passes, uniforms, tools and
     material where without them, a learner cannot complete and achieve
     their learning aim."
    
     Please can you provide me with the following information:
    
     1. The estimated cost to the college of implementing these
     requirements in the year ahead
     2. Copies of any papers, including at Corporation level, pertaining
     to the implementation of these requirements
     3. Can you make clear whether you are intending to apply these
     standards to other provision in the college, and specifically
     whether you intend to implement for EFA funded provision
    
     You will also be aware of changes to the required Instrument &
     Articles for the college that give it freedom to adopt new
     structures and practices.
    
     Please can you provide me with the following information:
    
     1. The number of student members of the corporation at present
     2. The existing methodology in use for their
     appointment/selection/election
     3. If there are any plans to change the number, or methodology for
     their appointment/selection/election"
    
     Any Qs let me know
    
     Jim
    
     Yours faithfully,
    
     Jim Dickinson
    
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