PACE Manager – Macquarie

PACE Manager – Macquarie

The PACE program at Macquarie University is seeking a Faculty PACE Manager for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The successful applicant will lead a small administrative team in managing and supporting students, partners, and Unit Convenors in the operational implementation and maintenance of the PACE initiative. 

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WACE Awards – call for nominations

WACE Awards – call for nominations

WACE is excited to announce the CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for its three prestigious awards: The Donald MacLaren, JR. Academic Award for Professional Achievement in Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education; the Dr. John Curry Employer Award for Professional Achievement in Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education and the Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis Leadership Award for Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education.

These awards are presented every two years at the World Conference. The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is June 1, 2019. Please go to the WACE Awards tab on the WACE website for more information about the awards and a full list of all the criteria for each award

Here is a brief overview of each award and the recent recipient for each, respectively.

Mr. Donald MacLaren, Jr. Academic Award

Donald MacLaren Jr., the former Public Affairs Manager of Air Canada, who was an avid supporter of closer working relationships between all cooperative education institutions throughout the world. This prestigious award is to be presented to an individual in recognition of high achievement and continuing commitment to the enhancement of international cooperative education.

Recent recipients:
2009 Olof Blomqvist, University West (Sweden)
2011 Ian Goulter, Charles Sturt University (Australia)
2013 Professor Wichit Srisa-an, Suranaree University of Technology (Thailand)
2015 Dr. Karsten Zegwaard, University of Waikato (New Zealand)
2017 Dr. Norah McRae, University of Victoria (Canada)

Dr. John A. Curry Employer Award

Dr. John A. Curry is President Emeritus of both Northeastern University in Boston, MA and WACE. He served WACE with distinction and has been a major force in its advancement. This prestigious award is to be presented to an individual from industry in recognition of high achievement and continuing commitment to the enhancement of international Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education.

Recent recipients:
2007 Mr. Adrian Jefferies, BP Castro
2009 Mr. Jim Watson, Scottish Enterprises
2011 Mr. William Finke, LEONI Wiring Systems Inc.
2015 Dr. Sampan Silapanad, Western Digital (Thailand)
2017 Mr. Supant Mongkolsuthree, Synnex (Thailand) PCL & T.K.S. Technologies PCL, (Thailand)

The Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis Leadership Award

Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis was President of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. for 13 years, where he became a university leader like no other before him. He changed people, brought ideas to life, and improved everything he touched, and during his Presidency Drexel experienced one of the most remarkable and sustained periods of success in the University’s history. Taki was highly respected, both nationally and throughout the world, as a passionate leader and advocate for high quality cooperative & work-integrated education.

Recent recipients:
2011 C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, Penonni and Associates
2013 Mr. William Howard, CDM Smith (United States)
2015 Ms. Judie Kay, RMIT University (Australia)
2017 Professor Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, Universiti Utara Malaysia(Malaysia)

How to submit

Go to the WACE Awards tab on the WACE website for more information about the awards

Please submit a Letter of Nomination identifying the award, the person being nominated and how this person meets the award criteria.
Please submit to Mr. Marty Ford at by June 1, 2019.

2018 ACEN Member Survey responses

2018 ACEN Member Survey responses

Key findings from ACEN Member Survey 2018

Conducted in November/December 2018

There were 204 responses in total, 33% from NSW/ACT, 29% from VIC/TAS, 18% from QLD, 10% from SA/NT, and 8% from WA. Of those responding, 37% were academics, 35% were professional staff, and 27% worked in careers, as a head of unit/discipline or other types of roles. Fifty nine per cent of respondents had more than 5 years’ experience in working with, or learning about, WIL.

Respondents’ key interests spanned, almost equally, the following areas: traditional models of WIL (placements/practicums/internships) (17%), industry/community engagement (16%), collaboration between WIL practitioners/researchers/professionals (15%), careers and employability (15%), networking within and between institutions (13%), non-placement activities (12%), and research opportunities (11%).

Responding members were generally very positive about the activities they had engaged in through ACEN with between 65% and 80% finding the following either very beneficial or beneficial: biennial conference, state-level events, national webinars, website resources (including case studies), monthly newsletter and networking.

At the state-level, responding members were most keen to participate in workshops, followed by presentations, research forums/symposiums and expert panels. Almost all respondents indicated that they would like to attend between 1 and 4 events each year. Responses did not vary significantly by State.

Members generally found the newsletter useful with suggestions for improvement largely focused on formatting and presentation.

Regarding advocacy, some suggested ACEN should be actively engaging more with senior leadership at universities, certain government departments and industry. Also, some felt ACEN could be more focused on demonstrating the success of WIL in ways the government understands and values (including gathering data from members to lobby change). The development of national standards, more promotion of WIL in the media, greater connection with peak and other relevant bodies and high schools were also raised.

Broader suggestions for improvement included greater industry involvement at events, a review of individual membership costs, facilitating more face-to-face, online and regional, state-based activities which people from different states (where possible) can access and more professional development opportunities for professional staff.

Finally, some suggested broadening membership to those working in schools and the vocational education sector and there was interest in a national, online community space for sharing good practice and research purposes.

Internships on the Fringe

Professor Jennie Shaw, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide (left) and students.

The University of Adelaide has a major sponsorship agreement with Adelaide Festival that connects creative arts students with some of the world’s most renowned performances.

The two-year agreement builds on historic connections between the University and the Adelaide Festival.

The Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Arts, Professor Jennie Shaw, says the partnership will benefit undergraduate students studying Creative Arts and other students in the Faculty, by offering them a variety of internships during the Festival.

“The University has a long history of training the next generation of creative arts professionals,” says Professor Shaw.

“Internships during the Festival will partner students with specific productions giving them an immersive experience of how the arts world works behind-the-scenes.

“First-hand experience of working with the arts industry to deliver world-class productions is of immense value to students.

“A university course will teach students about the theory behind the performing arts, but the value that exposure to the hands-on world of delivering productions and performances, is beyond measure,” she says.

Festival of Arts and Fringe

The Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Fringe are annual open-access arts festivals run over four weeks in Adelaide during February and March. Together they combine to make one of the largest, most popular and diverse arts Festivals in Australia. Thousands of artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus & physical theatre, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.

Students from the University of Adelaide are able to find placements and internships across all departments at the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe assisting in the day to day management of administration, media, marketing, creative and visual arts, music and the technical aspects of producing the events and shows associated with the Festivals, as well as having the opportunity to work in various departments on specific projects and tasks.

Students who undertake such placements and internships are able to have this unique experience count as an elective course in their degree by enrolling in the appropriate Festival of Arts Internship course, which runs over the summer.

There’s a specific course which connects students to the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

CRARTS 2002 – Creativity and the Adelaide Festival of Arts

This course is run in partnership with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, which will provide students with discounted tickets to selected productions, including Indigenous, theatrical and musical performances and visual art exhibitions, and students will also attend sessions at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Depending on availability, they may also attend special events such as dress rehearsals and Festival Forums. Students will research the origins of a selected work, touching on its relation to conventions of genre, its performance history, the creative decisions that underpin its current iteration, collaborative inputs, and so forth. Students will also be asked to respond to the artwork in their chosen creative form. With input from Festival staff, we will go on to consider the role of the Festival itself, developing an understanding of the curatorial and commissioning roles of festivals in the broader arts ecology, and the current funding landscape of the arts in Australia.

Manager, Internships University of Adelaide

Manager, Internships University of Adelaide

12 Month Fixed-Term Contract

We are seeking a highly skilled senior professional who will be able to plan, implement and manage institution-wide support for internships in the Student Employability team. This role will be responsible for the growth and development of new industry relationships to facilitate increased internship opportunities for students.

The position will play a key role in driving new internship initiatives and engagement activities with employers. In addition the Manager, Internships will provide leadership and support to staff who coordinate internships and will oversee a small team.

Applications close 24 Feb 2019 11:55 PM

For more information and to apply

Preparing students for WIL – ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

Preparing students for WIL – ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

RMIT’s WIL Community of Practice invite the Vic/Tas ACEN community to join them in their first workshop for 2019.

Vic/Tas ACEN & RMIT WIL Community of Practice event – 6th Feb 2019

RMIT 445 Swanston St – Building 80, level 9, room 6


The program includes:

  • A series of snapshot presentations from various institutions about their preparation for WIL activities
  • RMIT showcasing their new WIL Ready micro-credentials for students and staff
  • Mini workshop to identify key components for preparing for WIL (ACEN Research project on Developing a framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality WIL)

Please RSVP to by 4th Feb, 2019

This event will not be recorded or available via zoom.

Free to ACEN members $20 non-members