Title Trade Union and University Lifelong Learning in Partnership
Project Number 133848-LLP-2007-UK-LNW
Project Type Networks
Country EU-Centralised Projects
TULIP is a project network of 14 partners funded under the Leonardo strand of the European Socrates Programme. It was launched in December 2007 to facilitate the exchange and transfer of models of cooperation between Trade Unions and Universities in the delivery of work based lifelong learning (WLLL) to Trade Union members/employees.
In this context, WLLL means lifelong learning (LLL) opportunities (below-degree or low-graduate level) that respond to both formal and informal learning at work, flexible accreditation pathways, patterns and modes of contact compatible with working lives.
Who will be interested in TULIP?
Staff in Trade Unions and Universities who currently (or wish to) design and deliver collaborative WLLL.
The ultimate beneficiaries are Trade Union members/employees, as work-based lifelong learners.
The TULIP Network comprises 14 organisations representing Trade Unions (TUs), Universities, & University & TU sectoral confederations from 9 European member states. Its principal aim is to facilitate exchange & transfer of models of cooperation between TUs & Universities in the delivery of work-based lifelong learning (WLLL) to TU members/employees. In this context WLLL means lifelong learning (LLL) opportunities (sub-degree or low-graduate level) that respond to both formal and informal learning at work, flexible accreditation pathways, patterns & modes of contact compatible with working lives. Universities & TUs bring complementary strengths to the Network: universities their expertise/ experience in development of flexible accreditation & pedagogic structures, & their continuously developing outreach activity; & TUs their strong bipartite social dialogue. Both sectors already collaborate successfully in developing learning opportunities to tackle the issues above, & TULIP will further develop both its volume and quality.
The model for TULIP presented here represents Phase 1 of the planned incremental growth of a Network which, in the medium term, will develop to become a fully multi-player partnership. In Phase 1 key players from TUs & Universities, single & umbrella organisations and sectoral networks, all make distinct contributions to the Networks’ overall aims & objectives. Whilst employers are not represented formally in Phase 1 they are indirectly involved through the contributions of TU members as employees. As all partners are members of wider sectoral networks, the project will fully exploit the extensive opportunities to increase cooperation between relevant European organisations in this field.
Description See summary.
Sectors Other Service Activities
Product Types website
The TULIP Project aims to produce a web-based resource kit, to include:
National Reports - providing an overview of Trade Union- University collaboration in the provision of WLLL opportunities
Case studies, - presenting and exploring distinct models of cooperation, illustrating good practice
Papers describing one activity run under each model from the learners perspective
Collated papers from the final conference
Data on ‘experts’ on TU- University WLLL collaboration
Bibliography & Web references
Other network activities include:
Network meetings and a Conference in the final year (early summer 2009)
The Conference will include all Network partners and invited WLLL learners (TU members) & interested parties beyond the Network
Dissemination and exploitation e.g. through leaflets/poster sessions at relevant events/weblinks