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• July 2013 Newsletter •

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In this issue

1. ACEN Special General Meeting

2. 18th WACE Conference - Durban

3. WIL and the Law (Report)

Swansong for unpaid internships? – Law Report, ABC Radio National

4. ACEN endorsed project wins OLT grant

5. ACEN 2013 Research Grants

6. ACEN Student Scholarships

7. ACEN LinkedIn Group

8. NSW/ACT Chapter forum • 6 September, 2013

9. 2014 ACEN Conference

10. Assessing and accrediting graduate capabilities in 21C: People, practices, places and public accountability

11. Projects Update

Good WIL Leadership

Assessing the Impact of WIL

12. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Journal

13. You can contribute too

14. Contact us

1. ACEN Special General Meeting

Thanks to those people who dialled in and took part in the Special General Meeting which considered and passed the motions required to move us to a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Documents have now been submitted to the Office of Fair Trading (Queensland) as the next step. In due course application will be made to ASIC to register the company.

2. 18th WACE Conference - Durban

Over 450 delegates from 19 countries attended the 18th WACE conference in Durban in late June including 20 Australians,  the third largest delegation.

With over half the delegates from South Africa we gained an insight into WIL and the critical role it plays as a key strategy  to enhance the work readiness of students in the country. Some key features of this WACE conference included greater industry involvement through a range of South African employers, active participation by students and a stronger ASEAN presence with a panel that included contributions from Cambodia, Nepal,  Myanmar, Thailand  and China. ACEN was represented for the first time on the WACE Board and chaired a meeting with 9 other national associations to enhance collaboration and exchange into the future.

Durban pics

3. WIL and the Law (Report)

Swansong for unpaid internships? – Law Report, ABC Radio National

Originally broadcast on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 5:30PM

Two interns who worked on the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan have successfully sued Fox Searchlight for illegally employing them.
Listen, download, transcript

Guests on the program were

  • Sally Abrahamson – New York lawyer who worked on the internship case involving Black Swan intern Eric Glatt
  • Zana Bytheway – Executive director of JobWatch
  • Jenny Lambert – Director of Employment, Education and Training at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Dr Dev Kevat – Doctor with a strong interest in the law and public health
  • Andrew Stewart – Professor of Law, University of Adelaide (known to many ACEN members as the author of the recent Fair Work Ombudsman's Report titled 'The nature and prevalence of unpaid work experience, internships and trial periods in Australia. Experience or Exploitation'

Office Learning and Teaching4. ACEN endorsed project wins OLT grant

An ACEN endorsed project has won a grant for the Office of Learning and Teaching.

Project title: Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Project synopsis: This project will translate inclusive education principles into the WIL context in order to improve student access, participation and progression. The project intends to use a strategic approach across four levels: principles, policies, guidelines, and procedures to support students from diverse backgrounds in the disciplines of built environment, business and health .

 Lead institution

  • Queensland University of Technology - Dr Deborah Peach

Partner institutions

  • Griffith University - Matthew Campbell
  • Southern Cross University - Dr Keri Moore
  • Curtin University - Sonia Ferns
  • Macquarie University - Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Jacqueline Mackaway

Dollars5. ACEN 2013 Research Grants

Applications have now closed for two grants of $10,000 each.

The proposals are now being considered by ACEN and the successful applicants will be notified in August.

Dollars6. ACEN Student Scholarships

Short-listed applicants had until June 30 to provide supporting documentation. This material is now being considered and five successful applicants for the scholarships of $1,500 each will be announced in early August.

7. ACEN LinkedIn Group

ACEN members can join this discussion and networking group however you must be a member.

If your institution is a member, you can register without paying a fee.

8. NSW/ACT Chapter forum • 6 September, 2013

Advance notice

'The Challenges of creating WIL Placements for a diverse student cohort'

University of Newcastle

2014 ACEN Conference9. 2014 ACEN Conference

'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

Gold Coast, Queensland

Research Symposium • Sept 29, 2014

Pre-Conference Workshops • Sept 30, 2014

Conference • Oct 1–3, 2014


Assessing10. Assessing and accrediting graduate capabilities in 21C: People, practices, places and public accountability

A six-week event in Melbourne, Australia (19 August - 27 September 2013)

Who will be there?

  • Professor Mantz Yorke, University of Lancashire, UK
  • Dr Gary Brown, Portland State University, US
  • Professor Joy Higgs, Charles Sturt University
  • Dr Helen Chen, Stanford University, US
  • Rob Ward, Centre for Recording Achievement, UK
  • Professor David Nicol, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Professor David Boud, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Mary Catherine Lennon, Leader AHELO, Canada
  • And more...

Deakin University’s City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia.

Colleagues from any higher education institution are warmly invited to attend any event (all attendance must be booked at Assuring Graduate Capabilities and places will be limited—booking opens 1 July). There is no charge to attend any event.

11. Projects Update

Good WIL Leadership:

Two recent two-day face-to-face meetings have enabled the WIL Leadership Project Team to bring together the data captured from WIL leaders in universities and partner organisations to identify the key domains of WIL Leadership, and to develop the emerging findings into a WIL Leadership Framework. By articulating the responsibilities WIL Leaders bear, and the strategies needed to enable and enact WIL effectively in each domain, the Framework identifies the diverse capabilities needed by WIL Leaders. Over the months to come, the Team will be identifying resources to support the development of WIL Leadership capacity and capability, and testing the Framework with WIL Leaders across a range of disciplines.

Assessing the Impact of WIL:

Thanks to concerted efforts by the Impact of WIL Project Team and members of their Universities, Semester 1 has proved to be a bumper period for data capture from students! With the two extensive surveys coming to a close, the data are being prepared for analysis of students views on their work-readiness in relation to the nature of their studies and WIL experience.  Data currently being captured from experienced WIL employer partners via interviews will inform the design of a wider survey to be conducted over the coming months.

12. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Journal

Focusing on the interface between higher education and the workplace

Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning (HESWBL) is the official journal of the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC). A peer-reviewed scholarly journal focusing specifically on the interface between higher education and the workplace, HESWBL publishes academic and scholarly practitioner-focused papers which aim to provide a broad international coverage of global issues, developments and innovation in higher level skills, higher level work-based learning and higher education.

The articles and case studies published in the journal encompass worldwide policy priorities, such as: employer engagement; graduate employability; workforce development and widening participation, issues of interest to ACEN members. HESWBL provides relevant reading material as well as an attractive outlet for members’ research.

The editorial team are always keen to encourage submissions of relevant research, and are currently also recruiting new reviewers; members of ACEN, with appropriate areas of expertise, would be very welcome – please contact Dr Ruth Helyer, (r.helyer@tees.ac.uk) the journal editor for further information, or to express your interest.

For a short period the journal can be accessed free online, please take a look at what we are publishing: go to www.emeraldinsight.com/login and use the username and password provided below:

username: HESWBL13 password: emerald

13. You can contribute too

Space permitting, in this newsletter we'll share news about state, national and international events, research, projects, position vacancies and more. Submit material by the 10th of each month for distribution a few days later.

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