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In this issue

1. President's update

2. 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity' 2014 ACEN Conference

3. ACEN member survey results

4. 'What stops students accessing, participating and progressing in WIL?'

5. ACEN $1,500 Student Scholarships close on April 25

6. Two $10,000 research grants available





11. 26th Annual AAGE Graduate Recruitment & Development Conference

Juide Kay, ACEN President1. President's update

A brief update to all ACEN members on action flowing from signing of the WIL Statement of Intent with peak industry groups and Universities Australia in February.

The signing of the statement has enabled a shared understanding to be developed and formal communication established between the groups. It is anticipated that a number of streams of activity will develop as the year progresses. One stream that has already commenced, with ACEN's participation, is an industry group set up through the Office of the Chief Scientist focused on progressing WIL in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

A meeting is being organised shortly between all signatories to develop an action plan. The ACEN Board is dedicating our next meeting to discuss and identify ACEN priorities that can inform ACEN's contribution to the joint action plan. The Board invites your feedback or suggestions either through state chairs or any board member. I also welcome the initiative of the NSW chapter in dedicating the next symposium to this topic, which provides another forum for ACEN members to contribute their views (see item below).

Regular updates will be provided through ACEN meetings and the newsletter.

This Statement provides ACEN a unique chance to enhance WIL in Australia in collaboration with industry groups and the ACEN Board is keen to ensure that this opportunity is maximised.

Judie Kay, President

'Work Intergated Learning: Building Capacity'  2014 ACEN Conference Wednesday 1st • Friday 3rd October, 20142. 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

2014 ACEN Conference Wednesday 1st • Friday 3rd October, 2014 • Twin Towns Services Club

Early Bird Closing date June 30, 2014

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Pre-conference workshops announced

Tuesday 30 September, 2014
Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Riverside Campus

We have finalised the pre-conference workshops and we have developed workshops that are focused on challenges that academic and professional staff are facing in developing and improving WIL. The pre-conference workshops will provide opportunities for participants to collaborate, share and discuss contemporary topics as active participants. Each workshop will run for 3 hours with a half hour break.

Reflection as a pedagogical practice (ways of enhancing students' ability to learn from the work experience and to connect it to theories and concepts learned in higher education).
Professor David Thornton Moore, New York University.

WIL Risky Business - Embedding proactive strategies for managing risks arising in WIL
Judie Kay and Leonie Russell, RMIT and Judith Smith and Michelle Low, QUT

Assessment in WIL: the unique challenges
Keri Moore, SCU and Sonia Ferns, Curtin

How can we better engage with our key stakeholders: academics and hosts to create more meaningful, sustainable relationships?
Mark Creyton, Manager Education, Research and Policy of Volunteering Queensland and Dr Phil Crane Queensland University of Technology

Want more info about the pre-conference workshops?

ACEN Research Symposium (Pre-conference Event)

Hosted by Griffith University and QUT in Brisbane

Monday, 29 September 2014

Full day research symposium, prior to the ACEN Conference on the Gold Coast.

Full details and registration available soon.

Mark this date in your diary and visit Brisbane before travelling to the Gold Coast

Details: heather.smigiel@flinders.edu.au

Call for presentations - one month to go

Call for Showcase Presentations: Two hundred word abstracts (excluding references) for Showcase presentations are due on 1st May. Authors of Showcase abstracts will be notified by the 5th June.

Call for Roundtable Discussions: Two hundred word abstracts (excluding references) for Roundtable discussions are due on 1st May. Authors will be notified by the 5th June.

Call for Posters: Two hundred word abstracts (excluding references) for Poster submissions are due on 1st May. Authors will be notified by the 5th June.


Call for Conference Session Chairs and Facilitators

Whether you have had previous experience or not, if you are willing to assist with the delivery of the ACEN 2014 Conference Program please contact The Program Chair, Dr Keri Moore - keri.moore@scu.edu.au

3. ACEN member survey results

We asked you to tell us what you wanted from ACEN, and you did! Over 200 of you responded to our National Survey, offering you thoughts and feedback on ACEN events, activities and publications. You told us what works well, what needs to be improved and the issues you would like to focus on. You also provided your preferences on the format and frequency of activities, both and National and State level. We listened to your comments, and incorporated your feedback into ACEN's Strategic Plan for 2014 and beyond.

Read on for a summary of the survey results.

‘What stops students accessing, participating and progressing in WIL?’  An ACENQ half-day symposium4. 'What stops students accessing, participating and progressing in WIL?'

An ACENQ half-day symposium • Wednesday 16th April

While much is done to assist increasingly diverse cohorts of students to authentically engage with their learning journey, particularly during first year, perceived barriers to successful participation in WIL remain largely unexplored. This Symposium aims to examine this identified gap, along with some of the issues which inhibit effective student engagement in WIL, through a range of speakers, showcase presentations and discussion groups.


ACEN Student Scholarships5. ACEN $1,500 Student Scholarships close on April 25

ACEN are offering five scholarships, each valued at $1,500, to assist students undertaking placements in Regional and Remote locations.

Applications for the scholarships close on 25 April 2014.

The aim of the 2014 ACEN Student Scholarship is to support students who will undertake a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate education.


ACEN Research Grants 20146. Two $10,000 research grants available

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

In 2014 ACEN is offering funding for two research grants to conduct an investigation into an area of WIL that address a theme identified through consultation with ACEN membership as part of the 2012 ACEN National Research Symposium. These themes are:

  1. International WIL

  2. Building partnerships

  3. The use of WIL to meet the needs of community Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:



Save the date - 22 May 2014

'WIL – strengthening University and Business partnership'

University of Western Sydney 'Female Orphan School' - Building EZ

Thursday 22 May 2014

A recent release from Universities Australia was the statement of intent (SOI) WIL – strengthening University and Business partnership. One quote from this SOI is: - 'Universities and business working together can improve the currency, quality and capability of our education programs and our global competitiveness'.

The signatories to the Statement of Intent were:
Belinda Robinson – Chief Executive – Universities Australia
Jennifer Westacott – Chief Executive – Business Council of Australia
Jenny Lambert – Director, Employment, Education and Training – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Innes Willox – Chief Executive – Australian Industry Group
Judie Kay – President – Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited

Read the Statement of Intent


Sue Elston, Careers and Industry Consultant, Business & Economics Careers Centre, The University of Melbourne has made contact with the Federal Government Department of Industry, which is charged with putting the Core Skills for Work-Self Assessment (CSfW-SA) on their website. The CSfW-SA is based on the Core Skills for Work Framework, and will allow anyone who completes the assessment to receive an automated report. Sue has been using the tool as a pre- and post- WIL assessment, to see if the impact of a WIL experience can be measured in terms of how much the students believe the experience contributed to building their employability. The Department of Industry are committed to finalising all project outcomes, including making an automated assessment tool available to the public.

The WIL@Deakin Group was given the opportunity to host a number of Japanese Delegates at their Burwood with Geelong staff virtual meeting into the program with the delegates in February. This was a great chance for WIL practitioners, researchers and administrators to share insight into the variety of Work-Integrated Learning programs offered at Deakin and the University-wide Course Enhancement Process.


Amanda Eillis and Judy HartleyOn Wednesday 19th March, ACEN WA in collaboration with the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project team for Building institutional capacity to enhance access participation and progression in WIL, hosted a webinar titled Engaging diverse students in work integrated learning with over 100 attendees. Amanda Willis, Director Corporate Values and Equity at Curtin University provided a thought provoking presentation on Equity in WIL. Amanda's presentation included ideas and visualisations that prompted an interesting discussion.

Judy Hartley, Manager Student Equity Services at Griffith University, expertly facilitated a discussion following Amanda's presentation. The OLT project team were over-whelmed with the level of interest and the discussion that took place during the webinar. The outcomes from this webinar clearly indicate the need for further investigation on the area of inclusivity and WIL.
Thanks to Amanda and Judy for their input which was integral to a successful webinar. A big thanks to Dave Spann from Curtin who provided exceptional technical support, making the event possible.

On Wednesday 26th March, University of Western Australia hosted two events facilitated by Karen Nelson, Sally Kift and Liz Smith. Workshop One: Effective teaching and support of students from low socio-economic status backgrounds flagged some interesting thoughts and prompted discussion on inclusive practices in a higher education environment, all of which were transferrable to a WIL context. The second workshop titled Good practice for safeguarding student learning engagement also provided some excellent ideas. The workshops were well attended and enjoyed by all. The workshops were expertly facilitated by Karen, Sally and Liz despite delayed flights.

Dr Denise Jackson, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University has received an internal grant ($10, 000) to explore the development of career management competencies among business undergraduates completing WIL. Denise is conducting the study in collaboration with Dr Nick Wilton at the University of West England. They plan to merge and compare data gathered in both the UK and at ECU. The outcomes of this research will provide excellent international benchmarking opportunities.


The next ACEN SA/NT committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th April, 10am – 11am, to be held by teleconference. The purpose of this meeting will be to focus on setting our local events agenda for the coming year.  This is an ideal opportunity for local members to help shape the local agenda, and all are welcome to attend. Please email ceri.macleod@flinders.edu.au for dial in details if you would like to participate in the teleconference, or if you are unable to attend but would like to contribute any suggestions or comments.

26th Annual AAGE Graduate Recruitment & Development Conference11. 26th Annual AAGE Graduate Recruitment & Development Conference

Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 October 2014 • Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria
The AAGE Annual Conference is ideal for those involved with graduate recruitment and development, including human resources professionals, university careers advisers, service providers and professional associations with graduate programs. The program contains a variety of keynote presentations, workshops, panels and discussion groups which allow the sharing of knowledge across the 300 or so delegates.

Further information via: www.aageconference.com.au