2018 Research grants announced

2018 Research grants announced

The following research grants have been announced.

‘Using a near-peer clinical supervision model: Creating sustainability in WIL and developing students’ leadership skills’

A/Professor Thea van de Mortel, A/Professor Saras Henderson and Dr Judith Needham, Griifth University

‘Teaching millennials and promoting deep reflective learning on workplace experience: Does reflective writing on online forums provide an answer?’

Margaret Castles, University of Adelaide Law School and Matthew Atkinson, University of South Australia

‘Developing a framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality in work integrated learning’

Matthew Campbell, Queensland University of Technology, Professor Lindy McAllister, University of Sydney and Leoni Russell, RMIT

‘Story-care: An innovative WIL model for aged-care that builds students’ clinical confidence positive attitudes, and sense of community’

Professor Margaret McAllister, CQ University

Manager, Student Employability and Enrichment, UniMelb

Manager, Student Employability and Enrichment, UniMelb

Academic Services
Faculty of Business and Economics
University of Melbourne
Salary: $115,726 – $120,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics seeks to appoint a dynamic, industry-engaged leader who can drive our approach to ensuring that our students develop the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to be professionally-ready for the workforce.
Close date: 24 July 2018
For full position information and to apply online go to:

Associate Professor or Professor of Work Integrated Learning – vacancy

Associate Professor or Professor of Work Integrated Learning – vacancy

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences are seeking applications for the position of Associate Professor or Professor of Work Integrated Learning.

This full-time continuing role is an exciting opportunity to join a world leader in health sciences research and education, and be part of a unique interdisciplinary team of academic staff and administrators.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST) Sunday 12 August 2018

Full details

Emerging models of WIL – ACEN WA workshop

Emerging models of WIL – ACEN WA workshop

Workshop leader: Sonia Ferns – Manager, Course Design. Curtin Learning and Teaching

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018

Time: 9:15 Registration, 9:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch.

Venue: Carpe Diem Studio, Hackett Hall, UWA Map
Please note that as visitor parking is limited, public transport is encouraged.

Cost: Free to staff of ACEN member organisations (please see note below), $20 for non members.
Registration is required.


The contemporary and emerging environment facing Australian and global enterprises is characterised by the arrival of disruptive technologies and global economic transformation with innovation as an economic driver. In this rapidly changing landscape graduates need to be highly adaptable, resilient and prepared to gain and create their own employment opportunities over their careers. Research shows that work integrated learning (WIL) has a positive impact on enhancing student work readiness and the demand for WIL is rapidly increasing. With growing student numbers, traditional models of WIL which are resource intensive are unsustainable. Further expansion of quality WIL opportunities is seriously limited without system-wide attention being given to innovative models enabling greater engagement and capacity. Importantly, these emerging WIL models need to align with the contemporary work environment and meet student needs by preparing them for this changing world of work.

  • showcase innovative WIL models such as micro internships, WIL in Incubators and other emerging approaches to WIL that overcome constraints to engagement particularly for SMEs and respond to the changing nature of work.
  • explore emerging features and success factors for these innovative models
  • enable you to consider how these emerging models might be adapted in your context
  • provide opportunity for you to share and co-design innovative models of WIL

For further details contact: Jean Wootton at J.Wootton@murdoch.edu.au

To ensure you are kept up to date on all things WIL, if you are not already registered please do so at www.acen.edu.au.

Membership is free for staff of member institutions. All five WA universities shown here are members.

Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar

Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar

Webinar: Monday 30 July 2018 • 11.30 am–12.30pm (AEST)

Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model

Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model

The Experiential Entrepreneurship WIL model aims to demonstrate how adaptable and resilient graduates can be developed who are ready to respond innovatively to the new world of work.

This webinar gives an overview of the model, which was developed and trialled at the University of the Sunshine Coast and share findings and resources on how this model can be rolled out at other universities. Participants will be able to discuss their ideas and initiatives, as well as challenges and how to overcome this in their own contexts.

The webinar is supported by the funded ACEN research project: “Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Models” in the WIL models that promote entrepreneurial practice theme.


Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers is the project lead and an entrepreneurship academic from the School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Her research and publications are in the area of entrepreneurial decision-making, developing nascent entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education.

Dr Renee Barnes is a journalism academic, who has worked in practice for more than 15 years. Her passion is online journalism and her research and teaching focus on emerging developments in this field. She is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

More can be read about the model they’ve developed in their recent peer reviewed article:

De Villiers Scheepers, M.J., Barnes, R., Clements, M. and Stubbs, A.J., 2018. Preparing future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship. Education+ Training60(4), pp.303-317.

Cost: Free but registration required

Not able to attend? Yes, it will be recorded and made available through the newsletter and website.