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In this issue

1. From the President

2. 2016 ACEN Conference

3. ACEN AGM Board vacancies

Constitution changes approved

4. Life members announced

5. ACEN National WIL Awards winners

Collaboration Award winner

Local Hero winner

6. WIL case studies

7. Exploring Global WIL: International WIL Experiences

8. Online WIL Evaluation Tool

9. Future-proofing Global Citizens Symposium

10. Invitation to collaborate through research on ethical practice

11. Views and ideas

12. Academic Leadership Position in WIL – The University of Sydney Business School

13. 2016 ACEN Scholarships analysis

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

It was wonderful to be able to talk to so many ACEN members at our National Conference two weeks ago. The conference commenced with the Research Symposium hosted at Western Sydney University where we were welcomed by the VC Professor Barney Glover, Chair of Universities Australia who reinforced the importance of work integrated learning and the National WIL strategy in his opening address.

The Conference itself at Macquarie University again showcased the breadth and depth of WIL research and practice across the country. Highlights included the awarding of the first honorary life members to Carol-joy Patrick, Professor Jan Orell and Freny Tayebjee who have all made significant and lasting contributions to WIL nationally and the awarding of our inaugural industry awards. Congratulations to all the award winners. Our sincere thanks to Theresa Winchester-Seeto – and the rest of the conference committee for all their hard work which resulted in such a successful and informative conference.

For those that weren't able to attend the Conference, state based events are a great opportunity to network with colleagues so I would encourage you to attend; Vic/Tas and Queensland events are coming up. ACEN has also funded and initiated a project to collect case studies of great WIL to showcase and share good practice from across the country on the ACEN website. We are continuing our call for Case Studies so please consider contributing so that the sector can benefit from your experience.
Other current activities include working on a response to the TEQSA Guidance Note: Work Integrated Learning. Many thanks to those that have already provided feedback. The ACEN Board's response will be published on our website shortly.

Judie Kay, ACEN President

2. 2016 ACEN Conference

Our thanks to the Conference team Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Anna Rowe and Marina Harvey for a memorable ACEN Conference attended by 260 at Macquarie University.

It was preceded by a day of equally successful pre-conference workshops and a Research Symposium

Conference proceedings will be available shortly.

Professor Dawn Bennett has provided the PowerPoints from her keynote presentation 'Breaking Open WIL: preparing students for 2020 and beyond'. (Nose flute and ocarina - do you own investigation 'You needed to be there'.)

Pics courtesy of Kylie Twyford

3. ACEN AGM Board vacancies

The ACEN AGM is planned for November 16, 2016 (formal meeting notice will be issued shortly) and several Board positions become vacant.

Aspiring Board members should read 'Executive responsibilities', 'ACEN Strategic Plan' and 'Board sub-committees'.

ACEN is a member organisation run by members for members, and we have opportunities for you to get involved at state as well as national level. State chapters run networking, workshop and professional development sessions for members to gather, create and share best practice. At national level, the Board sets the strategic direction of the organisation and liaises with government and other national bodies to help drive forward the WIL agenda.

Constitution changes

Thanks to those people who attended the Special General Meeting by teleconference to consider the changes to the Constitution. It has now been submitted to ASIC.

Revised Constitution

4. Life members announced

Honorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

Three life members were announced at the ACEN, during the conference.

They are (l. to r.) Prof. Jan Orell, Flinders University; Freny Tayebjee, University of Western Sydney; Carol-Joy Patrick, Griffith University.

Pic courtesy of Annabelle Willox

5. ACEN National WIL Awards winners

The National WIL Awards recognise the contribution that organisations make to work-integrated learning.

The Collaboration Award

The Collaboration Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

Congratulations to The Salvation Army, Australia Eastern Territory nominated by Macquarie University.

Over five years the Salvation Army has partnered with Macquarie University's PACE program to offer work-integrated learning experiences to more than 70 undergraduate students. Students from a wide range of disciplines have worked with the Salvation Army in seven projects that support their mission and vision and align closely with the University's strategic priorities. Through these projects, students have collaborated across disciplines and sectors, engaged in social change initiatives, developed meaningful ties with the local community and connected their university education with the real world.

A recent project was focused on an anti-racism campaign 'Unified Ryde'. This video is about the project.

During the campaign students made two videos.

Video one and video two.

Local Hero

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

Congratulations to Bakehouse Studios nominated by RMIT University.

The Bakehouse Project is a workplace based media and events production that involves students from a number of Media & Communication programs, including Sound Production, Live Production, Photo Imaging, Screen and Media and Professional Writing and Editing. Students from the various programs are able to work collaboratively with a group of respected industry professionals, to create an event that brings together a live concert event with a broadcast television program. The Bakehouse Project brings Work Integrated Learning into action, putting students on the frontline of media and event production, in the workplace with industry and with real outcomes.

6. WIL case studies

Thanks to those who have submitted materials. If you haven't had it already, we'll have feedback to you later this week.

We welcome further input of work which describes and shares quality, innovative WIL practice about a diversity of disciplines, models and methods.

We want to include material that will inspire, inform and assist WIL practitioners and you're urged to share your experience and ideas.

More details here

Update your vignette

Previously we had a section on vignettes. While it's dated (and so deliberately no longer visible) at the moment you can see it here.

If you have a vignette, now's the time to update details, contacts, links and images.

7. Exploring Global WIL: International WIL Experiences

ACEN Q Workshop

Monday, 31 October 2016

Location:  Griffith South Bank – Webb Centre Building S02_Level 7 Function Space

Time:  8.30am – 12.45pm

Registration and refreshments are from 8.30 am to commence the symposium at 9.00 am.

Cost: Free to ACEN members

Program and details

8. Online WIL Evaluation Tool

ACEN Vic/Tas Workshop

Thursday, 3 November, 2016

This workshop will provide an opportunity to fully trial the tool and will include a series of interactive activities that will take participants through setting up a survey, adding customised questions, uploading a discrete participant list, releasing and completing a survey.



9. Future-proofing Global Citizens Symposium

By: QUT and UQ at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, Kelvin Grove, QLD 405

Date and Time: Fri 4 November 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Cost: Free

International short-term study offers educational experiences that are different from traditional work placements or industry-based projects, and often focuses on intangible learning outcomes such as resilience, initiative, empathy etc. Educational institutions across Australia are committed to producing globally oriented, industry-ready students that take advantage of the internationalisation of curricula. There is new demand for this type of learning, however, the current links between learning outcomes, assessment tasks, and teaching techniques are not always consistent, and largely depend on the study tour leader's academic experience. There is therefore the need to utilise a more evidence-based approach to assessment that will support the implementation of effective pedagogy for student experience during short-term international study.


10. Invitation to collaborate through research on ethical practice

The concept of ethical practice has implications for all WIL stakeholders (Baker et al, 2014), yet its meaning or the way it can be embedded within a WIL program, is not always clear. For example, it might be perceived as an important part of increasing student employability skills, or as institutions we might seek to partner with ethical organisations; however, the practicalities (and realities) of these aspirations might vary from one context to the next.  The Ethical Practice in WIL research project is aimed at understanding diverse approaches to ethical practice in WIL. Professional and academic staff of WIL programs are invited to collaborate with the researchers for this purpose, and to inform the development of resources that can be shared.  Those interested are welcome to contact Dr. Anne-Louise Semple (anne-louise.semple@mq.edu.au) for more information, or complete the online survey:  http://tinyurl.com/ethicalpracticeinwil

11. Views and ideas

STEMM grads must be taught to counter systemic bias and career barriers

Women's Agenda


Every university and college student should have access to work-integrated learning, business and post-secondary leaders say

Business Higher Education Roundtable, Canada


Work-based learning and work-integrated learning: fostering engagement with employers

National Centre for Vocational Education Research


12. Academic Leadership Position in WIL – The University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Business School is currently recruiting for the position of Director, Work Integrated Learning. This central responsibility of this new academic leadership position will be to lead the expansion of the scale and diversity of the School's WIL offering. This will include the establishment of a dedicated WIL team/hub and collaboration with academic and professional staff colleagues across the School to develop and implement principles, priorities and strategies for expansion of work integrated learning opportunities for students. More information available via the above link.

 The closing date is 11.30pm 15 November 2016

13. 2016 ACEN Scholarships analysis

ACEN continues to support students undertaking WIL placements with another eight students awarded the ACEN Student Scholarship on the 2nd June 2016. In recognition of the financial costs of undertaking placement impact a student's participation in WIL, ACEN awarded the first scholarships in 2010. Due to the large number of applicants, the eligibility criteria were refined to focus only on WIL placements in remote or rural Australia. Growing from three scholarships offered in 2010, to eight in 2015, the 2016 call for submissions opened on the 10th March 2016 with a total of 455 applications received.

In 2016 applicants from 25 universities that are financial members of ACEN, came from a variety of disciplines with the majority studying health related courses including Bachelor and post-graduate degrees in: Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Dental Hygiene and Oral Therapy, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Nutrition & Dietetics, Medical Imaging and Pharmacy. Nursing students made up the highest number of applicants, with the second highest studying Primary Education. Other disciplines included: Veterinary Biology/Science, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Accounting, Law, Information Studies and Disability and Development.

Compared to 2015, in 2016 applications decreased overall by 13%; by institution entries decreased for 10 universities, increased for 3 and remained comparable for the remaining 12 institutions. The ACEN Student Scholarship continues to attract significant number of applications from university students undertaking WIL placements in rural and regional Australia. This highlights the recognised value in participating in WIL placements by students and university institutions alike as well as the continuing role ACEN plays in supporting, and promoting work-integrated learning.