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In this issue

1. 2016 ACEN Conference • save the date

2. ACEN Student Scholarships update

3. Three $10,000 ACEN Research Grants reminder

4. Draft National Strategy for International Education

5. 'Non-placement authentic WIL'

6. 'Diversity in WIL' webinar

7. 'Contemporary Challenges in WIL'

8. 'Innovate and Prosper' Report

9. Griffith University Service Learning Summit

10. IEAA International Employability Symposium

1. 2016 ACEN Conference • save the date


Expression of interest

2. ACEN Student Scholarships update

Over five hundred applications were received for just eight scholarships. The applications are now being considered, a shortlist will be developed and those students then asked to provide more information.

Analysis of the applications and successful applicants will be provided in the future.

3. Three $10,000 ACEN Research Grants reminder

ACEN aims to foster research and scholarship initiatives in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by endorsing research proposals and identifying and advancing WIL research in priority areas.

In 2015 ACEN is pleased to increase the Research Grants from two to three.

This year ACEN is offering funding for research grants to:

  1. build the capacity of ACEN members to undertake research into WIL

  2. promote and support scholarship in WIL

  3. develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs

  4. leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research.

The themes for the 2015 grant scheme are:

  1. Partnerships models for engagement with industries and communities to grow WIL

  2. Working with small to medium enterprises (

  3. ) on innovative WIL models

  4. Evaluation strategies supporting quality WIL .

Applications are due on May 18, 2015.


Draft National Strategy for International Education4. Draft National Strategy for International Education

The Australian Government has just released a draft National Strategy for International Education for consultation and feedback.

 See the Strategy

The strategy outlines a vision , goals , strategic actions to enhance and grow international education in Australia.

Strategic action 5.3 ( page 41 )  focuses on work experience / WIL for international students.

ACEN intends to provide feedback on the strategy generally and Strategic Action 5.3 specifically and is seeking ACEN member input to this response.

Areas that the ACEN  Board have already identified that will be addressed in our response are:

Case studies of good practice are also being sought , so please send any examples that you believe should be included along with your  feedback to judie.kay@rmit.edu.au or a.willox@uq.edu.au

5. 'Non-placement authentic WIL'

May 15, 2015

ACEN (Vic/Tas) and HERDSA (Vic) will showcase a variety of authentic non-placement WIL approaches and will offer opportunities to discuss them and shared experiences.

Presenters: Karen Le Rossignol (Deakin), Sally Parrot (RMIT) and Dr Viet Le (Swinburne).

It is increasingly challenging to find placements for our students to have intensive WIL experiences and prepare them for employability. The majority of students don’t have access to placements and these non-placement authentic WIL activities provide them with opportunities to engage with industry and community in work-related assignments. The workshop will include opportunities to discuss WIL challenges and effective ways to implement non-placement WIL with experts in the field.

Register: with Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson: rachael.hainswesson@deakin.edu.au – there will be VMP facilities available – please alert Rachael if you will be attending face-to-face or via VMP for catering purposes.

Where: Deakin University City Centre Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

Morning tea will be provided.

Video-conferencing is available.

More (PDF)

6. 'Diversity in WIL' webinar

Wednesday 29 April

On behalf of the OLT Project team, you are invited to attend the third Webinar in a series on 'Diversity in WIL', entitled, 'Building Institutional Capacity for Student Diversity'.  The Webinar will be held on Wednesday 29 April at 9:00am (WA), 10:30am (SA and NT) and 11:00am (AEST). 

The webinar will be hosted by the OLT Project entitled, 'Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in Work Integrated Learning', in partnership with ACEN WA.  Sonia Ferns will moderate the webinar. The webinar will feature presentations on:

Guest speakers include:  Leoni Russell, Senior Advisor, Learning and Teaching, RMIT and Judith Smith, Associate Director Academic, Real World Learning, Learning and Teaching Unit, QUT.

Register:  http://goo.gl/forms/HbdvINxCF5

Qyestions: Project Officer, Lainie Groundwater, on 0432 431 247 or email at l.groundwater@qut.edu.au or lain.groundwater@gmail.com

7. ‘Contemporary Challenges in WIL’

Monday 15 June, The University of Sydney – save the date

Save the date for the NSW/ACT Forum to be held at The University of Sydney - details and agenda to follow.

For enquires please contact state co-chairs: Theresa Winchester-Seeto theresa.winchesterseeto@mq.edu.au  or Sarah Fletcher sarah.fletcher@sydney.edu.au  

8. 'Innovate and Prosper' Report

A report by the ATN and Australian Industry Group focused on strategies to enhance collaboration between industry and Universities and research . The report advocates for increased integration of experience for research students, tax incentives for industry to provide placements and for scholarships and grants for domestic internships.

 Download (PDF)

9. Griffith University Service Learning Summit

October 1-2, 2015, Gold Coast

You're getting very early info - so early that the link to the website - http://www.griffith.edu.au/servicelearningsummit2015 - won't be live until Friday.


10. IEAA International Employability Symposium

Friday 15 May 2015

Employability of international students has emerged as a key issue for Australia's international education sector. Competition for graduate jobs is intense and overseas work experience has never been more important.

However, international students face a number of barriers when seeking employment, including:

IEAA's International Employability Symposium will bring together students, education institutions and industry representatives to address these barriers and explore strategies to enhance graduate employability of international students in Australia.