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In this issue

1. From the President

2. In The News

3. Research

4. Higher Education students' agency workshop WA

5. WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures 2018 ACEN Conference • Brisbane • October 3-5

6. Employment Opportunities

7. WIL in Science: Leadership for WIL project

8. WACE Update

9. 2017 NAGCAS Conference

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

The last month or so has been particularly busy. Around 25 Australians joined delegates from across the world at the WACE World Conference in Chiang  Mai, Thailand with  ACEN Board members  participating in National Association meetings, International Research  group a WACE Board meeting  and the customary Australian, NZ , Canadian get together. Highlights included participating in the Thai National WIL day which was  attended by around 1,000 University staff and the Minister Higher Education who delivered a keynote displaying the strong focus and government support for WIL in that country. Australian researchers were successful in the WACE research grant which was fantastic news.

Meanwhile a number of recent developments in Canberra highlight yet again the growing importance of WIL nationally. Minister Birmingham has directly referenced the National WIL strategy in papers related to Higher Education Reform and also recommended changes to the funding for Work experience in Industry units in the proposed reforms. See the Report.

Last week the Federal government also announced, as part of the International Education Strategy, funding for a national WIL audit that will be undertaken by Universities Australia. In other news the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training: Inquiry into Innovation and Creativity: Workforce for the New economy released their report with two recommendations around WIL,  one around maximising WIL in Vocational education and the other around exploring a national WIL framework. See the Report.

All in all there is a lot to keep abreast of!

Judie Kay, President

2. In The News

New cadet ship scheme in the Victorian Public Service

The Victorian Government has announced a new cadetship scheme which will be run in partnership with the Community and Public Sector Union will place 21 cadets  into entry level public service positions as part of a two year placement.

In The Age, June 26

ABC RN 'Best Practice' podcast, June 25

3. Research

Invitation to WIL researchers to join WACE International Research Group 

WACE: The World Association for Co-operative and Work Integrated Education is welcoming active researchers, or those with an interest in research, in the field of co-operative and work integrated education and work-integrated learning to our international research community. The goals and mission of this community can be found at http://www.waceinc.org/researchgroup/index.html. If you are currently on the mailing list for our existing International Research Group, your name will remain, this communication is intended to invite additional participation. Expressions of interest in joining our community can be sent to Marty Ford: WACE@uml.edu . Those who express interest will receive a follow up email requesting information on areas of interest and research focus to help us build our network and collaborations.

Australian researchers recipients of the WACE Research Grant 2017

Australia was successful in winning the WACE research grant award made at the World Conference held in Chiang Mai Thailand in June.

WACE Research award

Pictured (l.to r.) Norah McRae Executive Chair of the WACE International Research Group, Paul Stonely CEO WACE, Dr Sally Burford, University of Canberra, one of two researchers and Prof Nick Klomp DVCA University of Canberra, keynote speaker at the WACE conference.

Grant title - 'Stolen Knowledge: learning and knowing in workplace practice' by Associate Professor Sally Burford (University of Canberra) and Professor Lesley Cooper (University of Wollongong)

WIL Research Portal is Live

WIL Research PortalThe WIL Research Portal developed by the University of Waterloo, Canada  is an online resource dedicated to research on work-integrated learning and co-operative education. Find and suggest relevant articles, explore research trends in work-integrated education, and connect with other members of the community.

The idea for this project grew out of discussions within Waterloo and the international co-operative education and work-integrated learning community. This site is a resource providing links to WIL research and connecting the community of WIL practitioners and researchers.

As seen on the Find a Resource page, the portal will store additional metadata for its resources which will increase search options and provide insight for research trends.

HDR Scholarship – Assessment in higher education- Deakin

Deakin UniversityTwo PhD scholarships are available in Deakin University's Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), School of Education, Faculty of Arts & Education. The PhD student/s will work with researchers in the centre on the topic of 'Assessment in higher education'.

The potential projects aim to provide useful evidence to inform assessment research, practice and policy, with a particular emphasis on approaches that work at a large scale.

4. Higher Education students' agency workshopACEN HERDSA WA workshop

Presenter: Stephen Billett, Griffith University

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus

Thursday, 10 August 2017 • 9:30am-1:30pm

Promoting students to be active, intentional and interdependent learners has been a long-standing goal for higher education. Fostering that capacity is important for:

  • effective study;
  • reconciling experiences across educational, workplace and community settings;
  • transitioning to working life and becoming effective 'lifelong learners'.

So, how should we seek to develop further higher students' capacities as agentic learners?

5. WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures

ACEN 2018 conference strip

2018 ACEN Conference • Brisbane • October 3-5

Hosted by The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Research Symposium

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Queensland University of Technology

Pre-conference workshops

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Griffith University, South Bank

Two day Conference

Thursday, October 4 and Friday October 5, 2018 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

It's expected fees will be announced shortly.

6. Employment Opportunities

Academic Director at Macquarie University 

Macquarie UniversityMacquarie University is seeking a highly motivated, engaged and capable person to work in the Faculty of Arts as an Academic Director of PACE (Professional and Community Engagement). PACE is a University-wide initiative designed to provide all undergraduate students with experiential learning opportunities with a range of local, regional and international partners. PACE provides the academic framework through which students engage with the community, learn through participation, contribute to partner organisation goals, develop their capabilities and build the skills valued by employers. Further information is provided on the universities employment website:

Applications close July 30.

RMIT seeking a WIL Project Officer 

RMITRMIT are seeking a project officer for a part time position approximately 2 days per week (flexible) over 6 months on a national project undertaking project management, writing case studies and developing resources in conjunction with the project team.

QUT Senior Lecturer – Work Integrating Learning

QUTQUT Learning and Teaching Unit is currently advertising a university-wide position in work integrated learning.

 Are you ready to lead collaborative action across faculties and divisions to build QUT's capacity to deliver on QUT's work integrated learning priorities? An exciting opportunity exists for you to contribute your expert knowledge and leadership to support high quality work integrated in the curriculum and to realise our Real World Learning 2020 Vision.

The closing date for applications is 30 July 2017.

For more information, go to: http://www2.qut.edu.au/jobs/ and see Senior Lecturer – Work Integrating Learning

7. WIL in Science: Leadership for WIL project

The WIL in Science: Leadership for WIL Final project report 2015 – 2016 was recently accepted by the Office of the Chief Scientist and makes a solid contribution to the national discussion about employability and the role of higher education.

8. WACE Update 

In conjunction with the recent WACE world conference in Thailand in June, the WACE Board met and undertook a strategic planning session. Among the outcomes of this session was the decision to have a greater voice for national associations on the world body. As a result one representative of National Associations, such as ACEN, will now be represented on the Executive Committee of the WACE Board. Judie Kay, ACEN President, has been nominated to represent all National Associations on this key  decision making group. In addition a formal subcommittee of the WACE Board, the  Global National CWEI Associations Committee will now be formed. For ACEN members this is a great outcome as we will now be formally represented on the world body for work integrated learning.

9. 2017 NAGCAS Conference

The 2017 NAGCAS Conference will focus on the importance of having an evidence-based practice, to maximise employability in an ever-changing world. Our keynote speakers will focus on the importance of professionalisation, reporting outcomes, maintaining relationships, research and the status quo.

November 28-30, 2017