Shaping the WIL Vision Creating and sustaining WIL relationships Fostering WIL engagement Communicating and influencing Driving organisational outcomes WIL Context

The WIL Leadership Framework

Domain: Creating and sustaining WIL relationships

Domain Creating and sustaining WIL relationships
  1. Identify and engage with diverse WIL stakeholder networks
  2. Collaborate within, across and outside the organisation
  3. Nurture relationships to strengthen WIL culture
Leadership Approches that Enable WIL


  • Foster external engagement plans and frameworks for WIL
  • Encourage and support staff to operate in wider contexts
  • Develop sustainable relationships with WIL partners
  • Foster and maintain professional networks

Partners and organisations

  • Foster engagement with WIL university staff
  • Encourage and support staff to operate in learning contexts
  • Develop sustainable relationships with university WIL staff
Leadership Approches that Enact WIL


  • Create and harness stakeholder and WIL provider networks
  • Collaborate internally and externally to maintain WIL partnerships
  • Maintain currency of professional practices, to guide activities
  • Mentor staff to operate in wider contexts

Partners and organisations

  • Work collaboratively with university networks
  • Work collaboratively with university WIL partners to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes
  • Accommodate and be mindful of constraints and contexts
  • Mentor staff to operate in learning contexts

Related Vignettes

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Justine Lawson, Central Queensland University

Rather than return to fostering individual relationships – and contacting individuals to this point had been done repeatedly - the decision was made to work with a regional director of the largest employer group of schools in the area – Education Queensland (EQ). Their interest in supporting the university related to their need for graduate teachers to work in EQ regional and remote schools. More...

CQuniversity Multimedia Studies and Community Volunteers
Dr Ashley M Holmes, Central Queensland University

In 2013 a team of three students produced a 3 minute promotional video and an iPad app promoting the Hay Point Foreshore Revegetation Project which is a project of Community Volunteers CQ (Mackay) office and corporate sponsors BMA. More...

Service Learning at Griffith University
Carol-joy Patrick, Griffith University

There is a growing interest in service learning, or community engaged learning in Australian universities. Griffith University offers a service learning elective course available to all undergraduate students, meaning that all students are able to engage in a WIL activity if they choose. More...

Journalism's changing dynamics
Dr Asha Chand, University of Western Sydney

In this collaborative project, the Blacktown library staff working on the oral histories project identified half a dozen senior citizens from the local area who were willing to share their stories. The journalism students then met with these senior citizens to record their stories (for video and print journalism). More...

Mathematics, Science and Technology Learning through Community Engagement
Carmel Coady, University of Western Sydney

UWS students were required to work (60 hours at times negotiated between UWS student and teachers) with a teacher or group of teachers in a school making classroom resources. The teachers provided guidance and the materials needed. UWS students also assisted the classroom teacher by helping to manage a small group of targeted students while they completed the classroom activity. More...

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk
Karina Wardle and Dr Pheroza Daruwalla, University of Western Sydney

Graduates reflected and acknowledged the benefits of the 'hands on' approach and the reduction of the town and gown divide. The divide between reflection, research and practice along with a desire to have relevant, meaningful engagement between industry partners and tertiary educators to build capacity and create sustainable relationships led to the project's implementation. More...

The Ultimate Partnership – The indigo Project – An NGO, a high school and a university
Associate Professor Diana Whitton, University of Western Sydney

The purpose of the partnership was to meet the educational needs of the CHHS students through a engaged learning partnership with UWS teacher education students. As a team, the students from CHHS and UWS had the opportunity to make a difference for a community group, with the support of the classroom teachers and a UWS academic, to create solutions to real world problems. More...

Working with Australia/China industry partners to make Chinese learnable
Professor Michael Singh and Dr Jinghe Han, University of Western Sydney

Research students from China who volunteer to participate in the ROSETE Program undertake work integrated learning through structured activities that combine real-world academic work with practical experience of teacher-research. They produce original knowledge about way to make Chinese learnable for largely monolingual English speaking school students, so as to improve the teaching and learning of Chinese in Australian schools while also producing highly skilled language teacher-researchers. More...

Interior Design and Decoration Mentor Program
Associate Professor Suzie Attiwill, RMIT University

The program's annual launch brings together industry professionals, students, invited guests and program teaching staff in a workplace environment, reinforcing the value of the connectivity between education and industry. This is a special night where students meet their mentors and exchange dreams and plans. More...





Last Update: 23 April, 2014
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