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Cardiff University Bologna Process Seminar

Speaker: Stephen Adam, David Lloyd.

Starts: 25 January 2008

David Lloyd (REGIS) welcomed those present to the seminar and explained that the seminar’s purpose was not only to share information on the Bologna Process with colleagues but also to learn from Schools which elements of the Process were of most interest or concern.

We were pleased to welcome Stephen Adam, a UK Bologna Expert, as our first speaker. Stephen gave a very informative presentation setting out the issues and challenges of various aspects of the Bologna Process including qualifications frameworks, credit and the use of ECTS and the UK’s position on these aspects. Stephen also had a number of suggestions of possible ways that HEIs might engage further in the Bologna Process:

Develop a strategy statement + institutional commitment (NB. 40% UK HEI have a European strategy – Europe Unit 2007 survey) + implementation plan + targets with identified resources;
Disseminate information and instigate staff development and hold events;
Select strategic European partners (academic twinning);
Re-evaluation of curricula and embed an appropriate European dimension;
Consider if existing qualifications are ‘fit for purpose’ in the 21st century;
Create large-scale staff, student (ECTS) and programme mobility;
Implement flexible credit accumulations systems and express all programmes/modules in terms of ECTS credits ;
Develop joint Masters programmes (e.g. Erasmus Mundus);
Issue Diploma Supplements and consider other EUROPASS developments;
Consider implementation of jointly supervised Doctoral studies and exploit European research funding opportunities.

David Lloyd then gave a personal view of recent trends in European quality assurance based upon his recent attendance at the Second European Quality Assurance Forum in Rome. David outlined the background of quality assurance within the Bologna Process and introduced the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance. David then went on to present some of the issues arising from the adoption of quality assurance processes across the participating countries.

A lively and informative discussion followed which focussed on the potential recognition problems in relation to integrated Masters programmes as these typically do not provide enough credits at Masters level to qualify for a second-cycle qualification under the “typical” credit ranges for these qualifications. Various solutions were proposed and discussed. Other discussions centred on the debate between study time and learning outcomes as a basis for awarding credit. There was also a discussion on the need to raise awareness of mobility amongst UK students – possibly by changing the way that programmes are marketed to emphasise the opportunity to study abroad. The role of professional bodies and the constraints that they impose on programmes was also touched upon.

Council Chamber, Main Building


Name:Matthew Turner, REGIS

Phone:02920 879220

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Open To: Staff and Students