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In this issue

1. From the President

2. 2018 ACEN Conference

3. Professional development opportunities

4. Enhancing International Student Capacity Through WIL - grant

5. ACEN student scholarship awardees

6. Positions vacant

7. Ways of learning

8. Honorary Life Membership nominations

9. ACEN Awards

1. From the President

WACE Conference and Board meeting - Stuttgart, Germany • July

Top left: Panel session 'Insights into a research career' with ACEN Board member, Sonia Ferns (Curtin University) and ACEN member Craig Cameron (Griffith University).

Top right: Best Paper Award winners Suniti Bandaranaike (James Cook University) together with Cava Pop from South Africa and Buratin Khampirit, Thailand with Jenny Fleming (NZ) and Paul Stonley and Marty Ford (WACE).

Bottom left: Panel session 'Decolonisation of work integrated learning' including ACEN Board member Franziska Trede (UTS) and ACEN member Christine Bilsland (Macquarie University).

Bottom right: WACE Board meeting, attended by Judie Kay, ACEN President.

In June, 15 Australians joined 140 delegates from across the world at the WACE International Research Symposium in Stuttgart, Germany with ACEN Board members participating in National Association meetings, International Research Group and the customary Australian, NZ, Canadian (Commonwealth) get together. One outcome of the National Association meeting was that the Associations will exchange information on national quality frameworks to inform each other's practice. I also attended the WACE Executive Committee meeting representing ACEN and other National Associations.

At the Symposium, there was a strong Australian presence with many Australian papers presented and ACEN Board members participating on two interesting panels, Sonia Ferns (Curtin) on developing a research career and Franziska Trede (UTS ) on decolonisation of work integrated learning. Craig Cameron (Griffith University) and Christine Bilsland (Macquarie University) were also on these panels. The best paper award for the Symposium went to a paper by Suniti Bandaranaike (James Cook University) together with Cava Pop from South Africa and Buratin Khampirit, Thailand, a truly international collaboration. The paper was titled 'Efficacy of Work integrated learning pre and Post perception among Cooperative Education students'.

With the titles of the papers accepted for the ACEN National Conference in October being released over the last week it is very clear that the conference will provide important information on cutting edge practice, new research and emerging trends as well as providing a great networking opportunity. Register as soon as possible.

Judie Kay, ACEN President

2. 2018 ACEN Conference

2018 ACEN Conference

Early bird registration closes on July 31

Save with early bird discounts but act by July 31.

Accepted papers and sessions

See the papers, showcases, roundtables and posters that have been accepted. More are added to this list as they move through the process.

Poster Submissions from HDR and Early Career Academics

Those undertaking Masters and Higher Degree Research programs or Early Career Academics are invited to submit a poster abstract for the conference. ACEN recognises and values the contribution of emerging WIL researchers and is keen to support you and help disseminate your research to the wider WIL community.

Pre-conference half day workshops - 3 to choose from

Wednesday, 3 October 2017 • Griffith University, South Bank Campus

Draft three day program

The draft program of the full three days is now available - times, venues and blocks to help with your planning.

3. Professional development opportunities

Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar

Chees piecesMonday 30 July 2018 • 11.30 am–12.30pm (AEST)

The Experiential Entrepreneurship WIL model aims to demonstrate how adaptable and resilient graduates can be developed who are ready to respond innovatively to the new world of work.

This webinar gives an overview of the model, which was developed and trial led at the University of the Sunshine Coast and share findings and resources on how this model can be rolled out at other universities. Participants will be able to discuss their ideas and initiatives, as well as challenges and how to overcome this in their own contexts.

Emerging models of WIL – ACEN WA workshop

Emerging modelsThursday, 30 August 2018 • 9:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch, University of Western Australia

Cost: Free to staff of ACEN member organisations, $20 for non members. Registration is required.

With growing student numbers, traditional models of WIL which are resource intensive are unsustainable. The contemporary and emerging environment facing Australian and global enterprises is characterised by the arrival of disruptive technologies and global economic transformation with innovation as an economic driver. In this rapidly changing landscape graduates need to be highly adaptable, resilient and prepared to gain and create their own employment opportunities over their careers.

4. Enhancing International Student Capacity Through WIL - grant

RMIT, leading a consortia with the other ATN universities, has just been awarded an Australian International Education : Enabling Growth and Innovation Grant 2018. The grant WIL to Work : Enhancing International Student Capacity Through Work Integrated Learning will enable the development of resources and online modules for international students to support effective participation in work integrated learning. Research indicates that International students face a range of challenges and barriers to engaging with WIL and the resources to  be developed will assist in preparing and supporting them to access and then maximise the outcomes from WIL experiences. The resources will be initially available to international students enrolled at ATN Universities with plans for broader dissemination to other universities later.  ATN Universities have 18 % of all international students in Australia enrolled in their Universities.

This project, which will be lead by Judie Kay, RMIT. For more information contact: judie.kay@rmit.edu.au

5. ACEN student scholarship awardees

Farm drive

Each year ACEN offers eight scholarships to the value of $1,500 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 2018/2019 university studies.
They are offered to eligible university students who may experience financial disadvantage from having to complete a WIL placement. The scholarships are competitive, and are awarded to those who are assessed by a specially convened ACEN panel to have more proficiently met the criteria.

The scholarships awarded this year went to students in the following areas:

6. Positions vacant

Associate Professor or Professor of Work Integrated Learning

University of SydneyThe University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences are seeking applications for the position of Associate Professor or Professor of Work Integrated Learning.

This full-time continuing role is an exciting opportunity to join a world leader in health sciences research and education, and be part of a unique interdisciplinary team of academic staff and administrators.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST) Sunday 12 August 2018

WIL Lecturer, School of Business and Law, ECU

Edith Cowan UniversityAs well as contributing to the growth of their discipline in research and teaching, the successful applicant will:

Closing Date
Applications close on Sunday 5 August 11.30pm (AWST).

7. Ways of learning

Medical Student clinical placements as sites of learning and contribution

University of Melbourne has released the findings of research commissioned last year by Medical Deans 'Medical Student clinical placements as sites of learning and contribution'

School camp mining

A school holiday program is aiming to inspire a new generation of mining experts amid a skills shortage in the industry. ABC News

8. Honorary Life Membership nominations

Nominations are invited for the Honorary Life Members to recognise the outstanding service given by individuals.

Criteria for assessing applications will include

Honorary Life memberships will be awarded at the discretion of the ACEN Board.

Nominations close on July 31, 2018

9. ACEN Awards

ACEN awards

ACEN Collaboration Award

This award is made to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

Institutions may submit multiple nominations.

This year documents can also be uploaded in support of the nomination.

Nominations close on July 31, 2018.

ACEN Local Hero Award

This award is made to a small-medium enterprise (SME; 0-199 employees) partner that is contributing to WIL beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation.

Institutions may submit multiple nominations.

This year documents can also be uploaded in support of the nomination.

Nominations close on July 31, 2018.

WIL Case Study Award

There are some great examples of WIL out there. From formal placements, on-line preparatory programs and virtual team projects, many of us have developed WIL initiatives that are innovative and adaptable, often on a shoe-string budget. These activities can often slip under the radar, but we want to give them the recognition they deserve! If you have an example of innovative practice in WIL that will motivate and inspire, we want to hear from you.

Submit an outline of your case study to ACEN. Those accepted and published on the ACEN website as exemplars of good practice by 1 August will automatically be considered for the 2018 ACEN Excellence in WIL case study award.

More info casestudies@acen.edu.au