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February 2019 newsletter

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1. From the President

2. ACEN Research Grants

3. New Initiatives to Support WIL HDR Students and Early Career Researchers

4. ACEN Student Scholarships

5. 'Solving Australia's tertiary education challenge' - AiG report

6. ACEN webinar - 'Employability Week: A tool to increase ...'

7. ACEN Q workshop - 'Evaluation and quality assurance of WIL'

8. ACEN Member Survey responses

9. ACEN VIC/TAS report

10. Internships on the Fringe

11. 2019 WACE $15,000 CWIE Research Grant

12. WACE Awards - call for nominations

13. Innovative Research Universities case studies

14. WIL Manager vacancy, University of Waikato

15. Case study in focus - PwC Industry Based Learning Program

16. Resource in focus - Good Practice Guides

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

With semester one now underway, I am sure you are all very busy planning interesting WIL activities for your students and getting organised for the busy semester ahead. As you develop and implement WIL initiatives to build students’ employability capabilities, don’t forget to share your great ideas with the ACEN community by submitting your case study.

The ACEN Board recently held a face to face meeting at the University of Adelaide. The meeting, conducted over an evening and a full day, involved lots of robust discussion culminating in decision making and excellent outcomes. Largely informed by the feedback received from the member survey administered in 2018, several new initiatives were identified for the ACEN Board to focus on in 2019. Among these are strategies for supporting and developing Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and Early Career Researchers (ECR) in WIL.

A high priority for the ACEN Board is to improve communication channels and platforms, including social networks, for enhancing communication and our global reach. While the professional development opportunities ACEN provides are extensive, there are plans to broaden this further including the development of another Global WIL module as the modules continue to attract high demand internationally. In addition, ACEN plans to develop an industry Guide and a publication on WIL. The ACEN Board also identified promoting quality WIL approaches and building leadership capacity in driving engagement in WIL as a key priority. You will hear more about these new initiatives in the coming weeks.

Sub-committees of the ACEN Board were also reshaped and Sub-committee Chairs allocated. Jude Smith will continue to lead the Research and Scholarship Sub-committee and will work closely with Anna Rowe over the coming year. The Communications and Membership Sub-committee will be led by Faith Valencia-Forrester while Sharon Scott, newly appointed to the ACEN Board in 2018, has agreed to take on the leadership of the Professional Learning and Resources Sub-Committee. Student Scholarships and ACEN Awards will be run by Chris Gonsalvez. Dino Willox will again lead the Finance and Audit Sub–committee with the able assistance of Susan Rowland. Additional information about the sub-committees and membership is available here.

Finally, I am delighted to advise the ACEN community that Robert Ewers has agreed to take on the role of Company Secretary. Robert was a very active member of the ACEN Board in 2018 but was unable to retain his Board appointment due to retirement. However, ACEN will continue to benefit from Robert’s expertise and commitment through his role as Company Secretary. We look forward to working with you Robert.

Sonia Ferns, ACEN President

2. ACEN Research Grants

Magnifying glass and eyeIn 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

Additional support for emerging WIL researchers.

ACEN is excited to announce additional support for emerging WIL researchers. One of these initiatives is the provision of two new research grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from this year.

Information session

An information session on the research grants will be held via Zoom 12.00-1.00pm on Thursday 4 April, 2019 AEDT. We'll send you details just prior.

3. New Initiatives to Support WIL HDR Students and Early Career Researchers

ACEN is providing additional support for emerging WIL researchers. One of these initiatives, mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter, is the provision of two new research grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers (ECRs).

Details of other initiatives will follow and include expand professional development opportunities for HDR/ECRs at future ACEN events including the national conference. ACEN recognises the importance of supporting emerging WIL researchers and these initiatives are in direct response to member feedback received at the HDR/ECR session held during the 2018 National Conference.

4. ACEN Student Scholarships

Road and hillOnce again eight scholarships of $1,500 will be offered to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2019/2020 university studies.

Applications will open within the next few weeks.

5. 'Solving Australia's tertiary education challenge' - AiG report

Realising Potential AiG reportAi Group - a key industry group - has released a report called 'Realising Potential' which is a wide ranging report proposing a range of recommendations for the tertiary education system in Australia.

One of the key recommendations is 'Promote workplace learning as a recognised key delivery component in all tertiary education.'

This is a strong endorsement of WIL with the National WIL Strategy referenced that ACEN partnered with other peak bodies to develop. 

6. ACEN webinar - 'Employability Week: A tool to increase ...'

Cranes on the skylineWebinar - 'Employability Week: A tool to increase students' engagement, career awareness and employability through industry experience'

Date: Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Presenter: Laurence Orlando, Monash University.

'Employability week' (EW) is an extra-curricular intervention that provides a clear framework for students' career. A day is dedicated to students' profile building, industry visits with workshops on recruitment processes are organized in the three next days and the last day focusses on networking, speed dating interviews and recruitment workshops where students need to actively work with employers to conduct the activities.

7. ACEN Q workshop - 'Evaluation and quality assurance of WIL'

Date: Bathroom scales and tape measure18 March 2019, 10-11am  

Location: Ship Inn Southbank

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore concepts of quality assurance and evaluation of WIL experiences, with participants being invited to contribute to a research project which aims to develop an institution-wide framework for the quality assurance of WIL (funded by an ACEN Research Grant). 

8. ACEN Member Survey responses

Verb=nier caliper measuring ACENThanks to the 204 ACEN members who completed the national member survey towards the end of last year. Overall, the Board was very pleased with the positive ratings and comments in the results. There were also some very useful suggestions for improvement. Board has collated and reviewed the findings and used them to inform strategic planning at their recent face-to-face meeting in Adelaide. It was decided that the survey will be conducted on a biennial basis going forward.

9. ACEN VIC/TAS report

RMIT University invited Vic/Tas ACEN members to their first WIL Community of Practice for 2019, to share and learn about approaches to preparing students for different types of work integrated learning. Rachael Baron (LaTrobe), Clare Dyson and Louise Gravina (Swinburne), Chris Gonsalvez (Monash) and Leoni Russell (RMIT) presented their various student preparation approaches to over 60 participants from 7 Victorian institutions. The workshop included engaging group discussions on what constitutes quality student preparation for WIL and potential quality indicators for these activities.

10. Internships on the Fringe

Adelaide Fringe Festival studentsThe 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.

11. 2019 WACE $15,000 CWIE Research Grant

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WACE (World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education) and the WACE International Research Community (IRC)reminds all researchers that the dedaline to submit the $15,000 grant application is March 1, 2019.

WACE established the research grant, now in its third edition, to promote research activity that will advance and strengthen the understanding of cooperative and work-integrated education (CWIE) in post-secondary/tertiary education across the globe. One grant of $15,000 will be awarded to the successful application. 

12. WACE Awards - call for nominations

WACE logoWACE (World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education) 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 www.waceinc.org

13. Innovative Research Universities case studies

Innovative Research Universities case studiesThe National Innovation Case Study Collection has been developed to showcase innovative practices that support student and graduate success. The aim of the collection is to disseminate good practice, and provide a mechanism through which to encourage cross-sector collaboration and save institutions from 'reinventing the wheel'.

Within the collection, each case provides a detailed summary of the rationale for the innovation, description of the activity and the impact this work has made on students, institutional activities and the community.

14. WIL Manager vacancy, University of Waikato

University of Waikato logo'In this position you will be responsible for maintaining central oversight of all operational WIL processes at the University. You will establish and maintain connections between University staff and industry, employers, researchers and professional bodies to create collaborative relationships and facilitate the University’s WIL programme. You will identify opportunities to strengthen staff and student engagement in WIL and make recommendations to ensure the WIL programme continues to improve graduate outcomes for University of Waikato students.'

15. Case study in focus - PwC Industry Based Learning Program

PwC PorgramThe Industry Based Learning (IBL) program provides an opportunity for students to be immersed in the PwC workplace for a full semester, thereby providing an authentic workplace experience. The program is a 12 credit point full time paid internship, where PwC has matched the student training and projects to the learning outcomes of the academic internship unit. Students are coached and developed by senior PwC staff while working on real client projects. They receive valuable training, networking and feedback throughout the program. The IBL program is offered to students studying technology or business-related degrees. Being paid to participate helps to ensure the program is more accessible and inclusive to students.

16. Resource in focus - Good Practice Guides

Assessing the impact of WIL logoIn the ACEN Resources section is a wealth of valuable tools such as the series of Good Practice Guides which provide insights and resources for use with industry.

Explore these