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From the President

1. ACEN Board elections - now five vacancies

2. ACEN Membership renewal

3. HERDSA/ACEN Rekindled Conference - ACEN Vic/Tas

Friday December 2nd 2016, 9.15am – 1:15pm

4. Tell us your story and get your work noticed!

5. 2016 ACEN Conference 'WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries'

Proceedings, Pics and Presentations

2016 Conference Best Paper

2016 Conference Best Poster

2018 conference

6. Bakehouse Local Hero

7. NSW/ACT Forum: Thursday 16 February 2017

8. No Mickey Mouse program

9. International reports

Taking the Pulse of Work-Integrated Learning in Canada

Employability in Higher Education (UK)

10. Education research internship aim

Judie Kay ACEN PresidentFrom the President

I had the great pleasure of being able to personally present the inaugural ACEN Local Hero industry award to the Bakehouse Studio over the last week.

The event highlighted yet again the innovation  and commitment that many of our host organisations demonstrate in their engagement with universities and the great contribution they can make to student learning. The owners of Bakehouse, Quincy McLean and Helen Marcou, talk glowingly about the relationship with RMIT and the benefits to their organisation of this partnership and involvement of students as well as the contribution to the live music industry itself. It was great to see that all stakeholders are benefiting  from this very creative and innovative partnership across multiple disciplines. The event reinforced for me that the ACEN Industry Awards can make a valuable contribution in recognising and showcasing the vital input of our host organisations to WIL such as Bakehouse Studios  and our other award winner the Salvation Army.

I hope everyone will join us for the upcoming AGM and nominate and / or vote of the vacant positions on the Board. Nominations close in a few days.

Judie Kay
ACEN President

1. ACEN Board elections - now five vacancies

A Board member has recently resigned bringing the number of vacancies to be filled by election to five.

Nominations close at 5.00pm AEDT on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Interested in nominating? You need to be a registered member and have your nomination supported by two other registered members.

Forms and details and responsibility here.

If necessary, an election will be held prior to the AGM on December 7, 2016

2. ACEN Membership renewal

Membership renewal letters and invoices have been sent to institutions. The fees for 2017 stay the same as for 2016.

3. HERDSA/ACEN Rekindled Conference - ACEN Vic/Tas

Friday December 2nd 2016, 9.15am – 1:15pm

Monash Caulfield

HERDSA Victoria Branch, ACEN Vic-Tas Branch and Monash University are revisiting a selection of the 2016 HERDSA and ACEN conferences presentations.

Topics include:

Full program and details

4. Tell us your story and get your work noticed!

Do you have a great relationship with your placement providers? Have you developed a WIL activity that is a 'bit different'? Do your students tell you their WIL experience gave them that "Ah ha!" moment, either during or beyond their studies? If you are involved in the delivery of an innovative WIL activity that could be of interest to other institutions or disciplines, tell us about it!

Our aim is to develop a catalogue of models of good practice to share with and inspire our members and we would love to help you develop your WIL activity into a case study to share via our website (don't forget this recognition can also be included in your academic portfolio).

Get your work noticed as an exemplar project showcased via the ACEN webpages by filling in a case study..

See the rubric

Complete the form

Showcase your work to our members!

5. 2016 ACEN Conference 'WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries'

Proceedings, Pics and Presentations

2016 Conference Best Paper

The Best Paper was awarded to Diana Messum, Lesley Wilkes, Kath Peters and Debra Jackson for their paper 'Senior managers' and recent graduates' perceptions of employability skills for health services management'.

Congratulations

Abstract

2016 Conference Best Poster

The 2016 Conference Best Poster award went to Panos Vlachopoulos, Hayley Harris and Sarah White for their poster entitled 'Learning in a Connected World: where employability agenda meets the principles of enactivism and connectivism'.

Congratulations!

Poster

2018 conference

In early 2017 the Board will be calling fro proposals to manage and host the 2018 conference. Guidelines will be available at that time to interested parties.

6. ACEN Local Hero Award Winners 2016

This year's Local Hero award winner Bakehouse studio recently celebrated their success and ongoing contribution to WIL with RMIT staff. Judie Kay presented the award to the owners Quincy McLean, Helen Marcou and staff of Bakehouse studios, recognising their significant contribution to RMIT's students through their WIL Programs. 

From left - John Phillips (Programs Manager, Media & Communications RMIT), Elena Popa (Project manager RMIT), Judie Kay (ACEN), Aaron Cuthbert (Commoner films), Quincy McLean (Bakehouse Studios), Helen Marcou (Bakehouse Studios), Milo Fisher (Bakehouse Studios & RMIT alumni), Photographer - Joanne Sayasane (Photo Imaging Diploma)

Pic courtesy Joanne Sayasane

7. NSW/ACT Forum: Thursday 16 February 2017

The University of Sydney Business School CBD campus – Save the date!

The NSW/ACT Chapter will bring you a one day forum focusing on WIL and International students. Content to be finalised but will focus on co- and extra-curricula (non-credit bearing) WIL activities for international students and how it prepares them for more formal WIL experiences. Details to follow.

8. No Mickey Mouse program

The School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University recently visited students who were successful at gaining a place on their six month Disney Cultural Exchange Program. Lauren Carvell is there as part of her WIL placement and Bethany Allen is a recent business graduate. Both have been asked by Disney to extend their stay for twelve months.

During the visit the School were able to meet with representatives from their education program, alumni, international recruitment and housing. Both students are gaining valuable experience by working and living with other cultures whilst learning and experiencing how Disney operates their global brand.

9. International reports

Taking the Pulse of Work-Integrated Learning in Canada

This report examines

It outlines numerous challenges that have emerged in the field of work-integrated learning in Canada. It also identifies a number of practices and recommendations that could alleviate these concerns and promote a high-quality, high-value experience for students.

Full report

Employability in Higher Education (UK)

This report​ from the University of Exeter was commissioned by Pearson's Efficacy and Research team to provide a review​ of practice and strategies around the world. 

It reviews the literature associated with the practice, ecosystems and strategies in place around the world that are used to improve the employability levels of students and graduates and ensure that their skills and knowledge are fit-for-purpose for the graduate labour market upon leaving Higher Education.

Full report

10. Education research internship aim

'As a recent BSc Advanced Research Honours graduate I'm seeking an internship opportunity.

I have spent the past year conducting a self-directed research project at Monash University. My study focused on determining science undergraduates' perceptions of teamwork within their degree, with the goal of determining how to enhance teamwork skills development in science students. I have strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and considerable knowledge of existing educational and employability literature. I am passionate about pursuing educational research because of the positive impact that pedagogical progression and development can have on the future of Australian graduates.'

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