Excerpt from Politics.co.uk article, 08 Feb 2007
University and College Union joint general secretary, Sally Hunt, will today [yesterday] tell delegates at a major European education seminar that unless trade unions are centrally involved in plans for greater mobility for staff and students across Europe the whole process risks becoming a white elephant.
Speaking at the ‘Making Bologna a reality’ seminar in central London, Sally Hunt will say:
“We are delighted that at last the trade unions representing the academic community in Europe are now fully integrated in the Bologna Process - it has taken us long enough to get to here. I want to impress just how important it is for the government and other key decision makers in every country to engage with the staff representatives and trade unions of our universities. The full involvement of academic and support staff in the Bologna Process will give it the dynamism it needs; without this the whole process risks being a grand idea that does not come fully to fruition.”
The aims of the Bologna Process are to create greater mobility between European countries for students and staff and to produce a system of easily comparable degrees..
The seminar takes place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 February at the TUC Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS. Sally Hunt is speaking at in the first session starting at 11am. Other speakers at the event include TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber.