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In this issue

1. President's update

2. ACEN Conference 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

3. Invitation to quote on development of a professional learning program

4. Two $10,000 research grants - date extended

5. NSW/ACT Forum 'Developing Engagement with Industry: Implementing the WIL Alliance Between Universities and Business'

6. ACEN $1,500 Student Scholarships

7. In the news

8. ACEN Board changes

9. 26th Annual AAGE Graduate Recruitment & Development Conference

Juide Kay, ACEN President1. President's update

The ACEN Board recently met in Brisbane to progress some strategic projects. The Board spent several hours discussing the recently signed Statement of Intent and prioritising key areas to progress in collaboration with Universities Australia and the industry groups. The Board concluded that  key areas for focus that would have the greatest impact on the quality and quantity of WIL experiences in Australia  were:

The ACEN Board is keen to get feedback from ACEN members around these focus areas and any specific suggestions that can be included in discussions as we progress our collaboration with the groups involved.

The ACEN Board is currently requesting quotes for a project to partly address Capacity Building, see article later in the newsletter, so please forward this Request for Quote to anyone you believe would be able to undertake this project.

2. ACEN Conference conference logo'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd October, 2014

Twin Towns Services Club

Early Bird Closing date June 30, 2014 - Register now

Abstracts now due 8th May, authors notified by 5th June.

Call for Showcase Presentations: Showcases will provide an opportunity for delegates to share aspects of best practice, emerging research projects, and topical issues that are being developed. Abstracts (200 words) should outline the initiative, practice or issue being showcased, and relevance to the conference community.

Call for Roundtable Discussions: Roundtables are intended as interactive engagements and they should consider the the importance of the proposed issue and how the presenters intend to engage delegates in discussion.  Roundtable presentations will be allocated 90 minutes for presentations and discussions./p>

Call for Posters: Abstracts (200 words) for Posters should be evidence-based and outline the background/context and outcomes.


Accepted full paper abstracts

The refereeing of the abstracts for full papers has been completed and we have accepted more than 50 of the 69 abstracts submitted. Here's some of the accepted abstracts.

See the full list of accepted abstracts for full papers.

International Research Symposium

Monday 29th September, Brisbane, at QUT, Gardens Point Campus and later at Griffith University

Participants at this symposium will have the opportunity to work with a group of colleagues to develop and present an outline for a research project that investigates a particular aspect of work-integrated learning.  Participation will require some preliminary reading and preparation.

Numbers are restricted to 60..

Free to ACEN members and affiliated national associations. Non-members $150.

Registration is now open

writing pen3. Invitation to quote on development of a professional learning program

ACEN invites quotes to provide a scoping document for the development of a professional learning program 'Capacity Building for WIL in Australia'. The scoping document will outline appropriate topics, learning experiences and delivery methods for a professional learning program in relation to WIL in Australia. The aim of the program is to build staff capacity to enhance WIL in Australian and international contexts to ensure work-ready graduates.

Quotations must be received by May 26, 2014

More (PDF)

4. researchTwo $10,000 research grants - date extended

Applications must be forward to admin@acen.edu.au by 5p.m. AEST on Monday May 26th, 2014

ACEN aims to foster research and scholarship initiatives in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by endorsing research and scholarship proposals and identifying and advancing WIL research and scholarship in priority areas.

In 2014 ACEN is offering funding for two research grants to


5. NSW/ACT Forum

'Developing Engagement with Industry: Implementing the WIL Alliance Between Universities and Business'

A recent release from Universities Australia was the Statement of Intent 'WIL – strengthening University and Business partnership' (PDF).

The NSW/ACT Chapter of ACEN invites you to join representatives from Universities Australia, ACEN and business organisations to discuss the recently signed agreement aimed at improving the work-readiness of university graduates.

Enquiries: NSW/ACT state chair - Ange Samuels. Angela.samuels@newcastle.edu.au, Ph: (02) 49216413.


scholarships6. ACEN $1,500 Student Scholarships

Applications closed on April 25 by which time over 320 had been received.

Applicants will now be short-listed and further information requested. All applicants will be notified of their progress by May 23.


7. In the news

ACCI policy statement

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Peter Hood, in his introductory remarks to 'Learning to Work' have released a major policy statement on the transition from Learning To Work. 

The Age

Companies freeloading on unprotected interns

'Before she started as an intern at a booming Melbourne arts publishing company, Colleen Chen was asked to sign a contract. It stated she would be unpaid for her 12-week placement.

Unpaid interns put in 'compromising position' (video)

While many young people see unpaid internships as a way to find work in competitive industries, Interns Australia says too many employers use the system for their own benefit.

8. ACEN Board changes

Calvin Smith (formerly Griffith University) has resigned from the Board having served in several positions since 2012. Thanks to Calvin for his contribution. We wish him well for the future.

Jude Smith (QUT), has been appointed co-company secretary, joining Alan Blackman (Griffith University) in that role.ACEN BoardACEN Board members at a face-to face meeting, University of Canberra, February 2014. l. to r. Don MacDowall (Admin), Sonia Ferns, Jude Smith, Judie Kay, Heather Smigiel, Ceri Macleod, Pam Struthers, Freny Tayebjee, Alan Blackman. Not present: Keri Moore, Ruth Wallace, Michael Whelan, Friederika Kaider.

AAGE logo9. 26th Annual AAGE Graduate Recruitment & Development Conference

Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 October 2014 • Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria

The AAGE Annual Conference is ideal for those involved with graduate recruitment and development, including human resources professionals, university careers advisers, service providers and professional associations with graduate programs. The program contains a variety of keynote presentations, workshops, panels and discussion groups which allow the sharing of knowledge across the 300 or so delegates.