At a meeting of the OCA Board on 27th September, a recommendation from OCA Chief Executive, Gareth Dent, was accepted, to the effect that:
- The President of OCASA will have observer status on the OCA Board. This means that they will be able to contribute to debates, but will not have the financial responsibilities of a Trustee.
- The President will have the same status on the OCA Development Committee – the sub-committee of the Board which considers educational matters.
- A new, OCASA – Chief Executive bilateral meeting will be introduced and held every two months. The OCASA President will be able to determine who should attend from the student side and the OCA Chief Executive will ask members of the senior management team to attend as needed.
- The OCA Teaching and Learning Committee will come to an end, partially replaced by the new bilateral meeting and partly subsumed into the Curriculum & Quality Meeting.
Gareth Dent: These changes mean that OCASA will have significantly increased powers to influence the future of the OCA
OCASA President, Stan Dickinson: This is excellent news for OCASA and the student body as a whole. It’s very encouraging to know that the ‘student voice’ will be heard at the ‘top table’
The changes have immediate effect and the final TLC Meeting was on 9th October.