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: Driving organisational and joint industry/university WIL outcomes

Domain Driving organisational and joint industry/university WIL outcomes
  1. Identify and manage common challenges and risks
  2. Promote shared benefits
  3. Build, cultivate and maintain capacity and equitable outcomes
Leadership Approches that Enable WIL


  • Resource WIL appropriately.
  • Establish systems for collecting evidence and evaluating WIL outcomes
  • Identify and communicate agreed expectations and targets
  • Negotiate and navigate through obstacles and challenges associated with WIL
  • Facilitate staff to achieve WIL outcomes
  • Recognise WIL contributions in workload models and career paths

Partners and organisations

  • Resource WIL appropriately.
  • Establish systems for collecting evidence and evaluating WIL outcomes
  • Facilitate staff to achieve outcomes for students
  • Encourage and recognise expertise in WIL supervision
Leadership Approches that Enact WIL


  • Negotiate, develop and implement actions to achieve agreed WIL outcomes
  • Manage workload for WIL staff
  • Actively seek evidence for strategic WIL decision making
  • Manage access to WIL for diverse groups
  • Facilitate development of employability skills through diverse on-campus WIL activities

Partners and organisations

  • Negotiate, develop and implement flexible plans to achieve agreed WIL outcomes
  • Actively seek evidence for strategic organisational WIL decision making
  • Manage WIL access for diverse groups of students
  • Engage in diverse on-campus WIL activities
  • Facilitate development of employability skills in students

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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...

Service Learning at Griffith University
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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...

WIL: Delivering engaged curriculum and graduate employability at UWS
Prof Elizabeth Deane, University of Western Sydney

The quality and relevance of University education and the employability of graduates is an issue of both national and international importance. Government and community expectations of post-graduation success are evident in initiatives such as national Graduate Destination Surveys, My University web sites and in surveys of graduate starting salaries and areas of employment relevant to degree. More...

Integrating industry experience throughout a construction management program
Mary Hardie, University of Western Sydney

The construction management undergraduate program at UWS is one of the largest in Australia with approximately 1000 students. The construction industry puts great value on a work history of practical site-based experience. UWS students come from very diverse backgrounds and some have already worked in industry before they commenced their study. More...

Working with industry partners to avert future school tragedies
Jim O'Kelly, University of Western Sydney

A tragic incident occurred in a state High School, where a 16 year old boy with a nut allergy died. He went into anaphylactic shock after he ate a biscuit baked by other students in a cooking class. This triggered changes in how schools deal with students who have dangerous allergies. More...

Professional learning and leadership through WIL partnerships
Anne Power, University of Western Sydney

In a partnership between Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) and the University of Western Sydney, pre-service teachers develop understandings of the learning difficulties of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as they can reasonably expect to encounter students on the spectrum in their classrooms as they enter the teaching profession. 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...

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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