Minutes

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10:00

1.

Welcome, introduction and apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Paul Crossley, Ian Orpen and Steven Fuller.  Jo Farrar chaired the meeting in the absence of Cllr Crossley.  Caroline Peters from Avon and Somerset Police and Van Du Bose (subbing for Steven Fuller) were welcomed to the meeting. 

10:05

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The minutes and actions of the 6th August 2014 were agreed.

 

10:10

3.

Connecting Communities pdf icon PDF 378 KB

10:40

4.

Public Services Board Work Programme Development: pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Additional documents:

11:30

5.

Developing a Timeline - visualising the direction of travel

Minutes:

Bernie Morley from Bath University and Neil Sammells from Bath Spa University both presented to the Board an overview of their organisations, including key strengths and identified some of the key issues for them in the future.

 

Both emphasised the funding difficulties facing them in the future as student fees remain fixed.  The ability for universities to grow in size causes increasing levels of competition between all universities meaning that there is a smaller pool of students from which to recruit from.  The Board heard that the intake of students to Bath University is predominantly students from outside the area, while Bath Spa predominately attracts students from within the immediate area. Therefore the level of competition between the two is much lower as they are offering different courses and attracting students from different areas. 

 

Bath University is moving into the existing Police Station building in Manvers Street and welcomed discussions about linking services more with the One Stop Shop in Manvers Street.  The two universities described the contribution they make to the local economy and both have high numbers of students who are keen to stay in the area, with a high proportion of those wishing to focus on digital and high tech industries. 

 

The Board noted the update. 

11:45

6.

Identifying the Big Issues

11:55

7.

AOB, Forward Plan and next meeting:

Minutes:

Thursday 4th December 2014, 10-12pm in The University of Bath.