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July 2019 newsletter





In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACEN Research Grants awarded

3. ACEN Research Conversations

4. Positions vacant

5. 2020 ACEN Conference • Save the date

6. ACEN student scholarships

7. NAGCAS Conference 'Careers future, future careers'

8. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

9. Case study in focus - 'Three-way virtual, global WIL project'

10. Resource in focus - 'Conference proceedings'

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

A number of important announcements for the ACEN community are included in the July newsletter.


It is with great excitement that ACEN announces the successful recipients of the inaugural Early Career Researchers’ Grants. The grants are awarded to ACEN members who are in the early stages of their research career or studying a higher degree by research. The aim is to build the capacity of ACEN members through providing funds to support research and an opportunity to gain recognition and broaden networks in the field of WIL. In addition, the winners of the full research grants of $10,000 are also announced in this issue. A huge congratulations to our winners. We look forward to working with you as you progress your research projects and plan your presentations for the 2020 ACEN Conference.  The eight ACEN Student Scholarship awardees are also announced in this newsletter. These scholarships enable students to undertake an empowering learning experience in regional or remote Australia. Well done to the scholarship winners – the reflections submitted after the WIL experience provide excellent insights into the impact of their experiences.

Conference and publication

Two other important ACEN initiatives are also notable. Firstly, the 2020 ACEN conference will be hosted by RMIT and Deakin Universities. This promises to be an enlightening and enjoyable conference with planning well underway. Key your eye on the ACEN news for key conference themes, submission and registration dates. I will see you all on the dance floor. Selection of authors for the ACEN publication: Theories, practices and research in work integrated learning in Australia: Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future has been a difficult process for the editors as there were many high quality expressions of interest submitted. Everyone who submitted an EOI will be contacted shortly. The editors are currently negotiated with the publisher who provided very positive feedback to the submission which outlines the focus, aims, and impact of the publication.     

Case study

A big thank you to Anna Rowe and Ceri MacLeod for conducting the Q and A webinar on requirements for submitting a WIL case study that inspires, informs and assists WIL practitioners. Attendees enjoyed the session, found it to be very informative, and complimented the presenters on the planning and presentation of the webinar.

Quality review

Finally, Phillips KPA have been commissioned to undertake a Review of the Quality of WIL across Australia. They have been in contact with ACEN and will consult with the ACEN community throughout the review.    

Once again, I urge you to connect with the Australian WIL community through Twitter and LinkedIn. Engaging in conversations through these portals raises the profile of WIL, strengthens the voice of the ACEN community, and provides a mechanism for sharing WIL practices and ideas.   

Sonia Ferns, President, ACEN

2. ACEN Research Grants awarded

From a strong field of submissions ACEN is delighted to announce the following successful research grants

Early career researchers grants $5,000

Full $10,000 grants

3. ACEN Research Conversations

Research ConversationsWIL Research Conversations is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded practitioners and scholars interested in furthering our knowledge of WIL scholarship, research and practice. We get together once a month around a paper or topic, to hear from the author(s) of the paper and engage with each other through small online group discussions.

Research Methods 2: Qualitative Analysis Workshop

Friday, 26 July 12pm – 1pm (AEST)

In our July session, Dr Anna Rowe and Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto will take us through some practical advice and tips for analysing qualitative data through NViVo.

Inclusive WIL

Friday, 30 August 12pm – 1pm (AEST)

In August, we will hear from Dr Jacqueline Mackaway (Macquarie University) on some of the barriers and opportunities for developing an inclusive approach to WIL.

4. Positions vacant

WIL position at ANU

The ANU College of Business and Economics is recruiting a Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning (3 years fixed term). The appointee will convene their Internship Project and Special Industry Project courses while seeking to advance WIL collaborations within and beyond ANU.

Application deadline: 12 August 2019.

Contact: A/Prof Vinh Lu on (02) 6125 4905 or at vinh.lu@anu.edu.au

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor (Applied Medical Science Coordinator)

Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Full-time fixed term position to September 2022

Location: Parkville 

Salary: Level C (Senior Lecturer) or Level D (Associate Professor) plus 17% superannuation. Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications relevant to the role. 

Applications close: 11 Aug 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

5. 2020 ACEN Conference • Save the date

Melbourne Skyline

Hosted by RMIT and Deakin Universities

Register your interest (regular recipients of this newsletter will automatically get information).

6. ACEN student scholarships

Successful applicants for the 2019 ACEN student scholarships were enrolled in:

These students have received $1,500 in financial support for their WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2019/2020 university studies. Upon completion of the placement recipients are required to provide a reflection of the WIL experience and we'll publish these as they become available.

7. NAGCAS Conference 'Careers future, future careers'

NAGCAS logoPerth 27 - 29 November 2019

All presentation sessions will be 40 minutes and should include time for questions and/or general participation by the session audience.

Abstract submissions should not be longer than 300 words.

Abstracts should address some aspect for the Conference theme; Careers Future / Future Careers.

Call for papers closes July 31, 2019

8. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

ACEN social media inviteConnect with Australia's rapidly expanding WIL community and share your WIL experiences in real-time.

Why wait?

Follow us on Twitter @ACENau and join our closed Linkedin Group now.

9. Case study in focus - 'Three-way virtual, global WIL project'

irish-us-Australian-students-present-at-RMITA Virtual Global WIL Project (VGWP) is an innovative pedagogical model for developing global competency and business skills that reflects real-world business practice.

The VGWP brings students from multiple countries and time zones together to solve a real-life business problem for a multi-national client. Students use a range of online business technologies to collaboratively develop a solution according to requirements set by the client.

10. Resource in focus - 'Conference proceedings'

2008 Conference proceedingsSee the ACEN Conference proceedings back to 2008