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• October 2013 Newsletter •

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ACEN eNews

In this issue

1. ACEN AGM - November 13, 2013

2. WIL Leadership project

3. Position vacant - Educational Development Coord, VU

4. 'Transitions into employment, further study and other outcomes' - The Futuretrack Stage 4 Report from Warwick Institute for Employment Research

5. State Chapter Induction


  • Network your Networks!
  • Diary marker


  • Curtin University Job Shop


  • 'Employability & Work Integrated Learning Symposium'
  • New committee

9. 2014 ACEN Conference - Call for papers

10. ACEN LinkedIn Group

11. Pre-Place Preparation Program resource

12. You can contribute too

13. Contact us

1. ACEN AGM - November 13, 2013

A reminder the ACEN AGM is being held by teleconference on Wednesday, November 13 at 3.30pm (Aust Eastern Daylight Time – local time in Melbourne).

More details including agenda, proxies and how to join the teleconference

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2. WIL Leadership project

Using valuable input gained from a diverse range of WIL leaders and practitioners in the project's partner universities, the Project Team has been able to advance the WIL Leadership framework. Five focus groups were facilitated by Brisbane-based Margo Couldrey, who also assisted the Team with analysis and synthesis of the data. Views on the framework developments to date are being sought from project advisors, stakeholders and industry leaders who have offered support. In addition, practice-based vignettes describing events or activities that have proved helpful in developing WIL Leadership capability and capacity, are now being sought from experienced WIL Leaders, to complement the WIL leadership framework.


3. Position vacant

Educational Development Coordinator (Work-Integrated Learning)

Victoria University (Australia)

($96,810 - $111,627 (pro rata) per annum plus up to 17% superannuation)

0.5 time fraction

Victoria University's new Centre for Collaborative Learning and Teaching is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified individual to coordinate curriculum development and support ongoing professional development related to work-integrated learning (WIL).  The successful candidate will provide educational 'thought-leadership' by developing approaches to WIL that can be embedded into courses through curriculum renewal.  The successful candidate will have postgraduate qualifications and proven experience in the implementation of strategies and initiatives in WIL.

Applications must address the Selection Criteria contained in the position description.

Applications close: 11th November, 2013.

For further information contact Associate Professor Kym Fraser (kym.fraser@vu.edu.au). To apply, visit our website: vu.edu.au/jobs.

4. 'Transitions into employment, further study and other outcomes'

The Futuretrack Stage 4 Report from Warwick Institute for Employment Research

The study upon which this report is based, Futuretrack, is an ambitious and ground-breaking study of the process of higher education in the United Kingdom. Its ambition was to track applicants for a full-time place in higher education in 2006 as they made their way through the undergraduate stages of higher education and onwards, or the alternative pathways they chose. It was ground-breaking in that it was the first longitudinal survey ever undertaken exclusively via a web-based approach and for which statistical controls could be applied.


5. State Chapter Induction

State chapter committee members recently took part in an induction teleconference about chapter governance, ACEN strategic directions, financial systems and administrative arrangements. It provided their first opportunity to discuss these matters with Judie Kay, National President, Pam Struthers, National Treasurer, Matthew Campbwell, National Secretary and Don MacDowall, ACEN Admin. Further events are planned.

State chapters and the roles of the committee are newly defined in the constitution currently being considered by ASIC which was accepted at a special general meeting in June.


Network your Networks!

ACEN SA/NT, SANTPEN and HERDSA SA are hosting a whole day collaborative teaching and learning event on Wednesday 20th November, at Flinders University.  'Network your Networks: working together to maximise knowledge and opportunities in teaching and learning' will include a variety of discussions and workshop sessions, providing participants with the opportunity to identify priorities and gaps in researching teaching and learning, discuss and develop research ideas, and consider ways to determine the impact of teaching.  We have a variety of expert speakers including Allan Goody, President Higher Education Research and Development Society Australasia, Professor Keith Trigwell, Institute of Teaching and Learning, University of Sydney, Professor Malcolm Tight, Lancaster University, UK and our very own ACEN National Director, Judie Kay. 

Collaboration is a key focus for this event, and participants from all three partnerships are invited to attend and contribute to what promises to be an extremely interesting event.  

More, including program and registration 

Diary marker

The ACEN SA/NT committee is next meeting on Tuesday 3rd December to discuss plans for SA/NT in 2014 and beyond.  In accordance with the new constitution, ACEN SA/NT members are invited to attend regular committee meetings, however, we would also like to extend a warm invitation for members to join us for lunch that day (at own expense).  We will arrange a lunch venue at a city location in Adelaide, details tbc.  Please email ceri.macleod@flinders.edu.au if you would like to attend.


Curtin University Job Shop

Curtin Job ShopTo develop student participation in co-curricular WIL and career development support, the Curtin University Careers and Employment Centre is piloting a five week promotional strategy in which staff operate pop up 'Job Shops' at various locations across campus, supported by in-class activities and workshops.  Supplementing Curtin's Campus Activation activities, these mobile careers centres are being trialled in areas of high levels of student traffic of specifically targeted course disciplines to promote student participation and provide key relevant information.  With initial feedback from frontline careers staff indicating these are having an immediate positive impact on student awareness and access to careers support activities, it is likely that this will drive a more detailed plan of engagement on a wider scale for Semester 1 2014. 


'Employability & Work Integrated Learning Symposium'

Wollongong Campus, University of Wollongong on 27 November 2013.

A partnership between the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), this symposium will launch an invigorated WIL & Employability focus for UOW and provide a common platform for academic and professional staff from NSW universities to engage in collegial and strategic discussions regarding WIL.

Registration, program and EoI

Interested in presenting a concurrent session at this symposium? The one page EOI's close 31st October. We look forward to welcoming you to Wollongong on the 27th November.

Angela Samuels
Manager – Industry Scholarships
University of Newcastle
NSW/ACT Committee chair

Martin Smith
Director - Graduate Career Development & Employability
University of Wollongong

New committee

Collaborating; sharing ideas; best practice and humour are all things the 'new' committee of the NSW/ACT chapter have agreed are important. We commenced meetings this week, and invite you to our next teleconference on Tuesday 10 December @ 9.30am, email Chonteau.gorevski@newcastle.edu.au if you are interested in participating. RSVP by 3 December please.

Any ideas or suggested topics for 2014 please email any member of the NSW/ACT committee or contact the chair directly at angela.samuels@newcastle.edu.au.

A word from the state chair

The committee is very keen to hear from you! Do you have any ideas or suggested topics

for 2014 please email any member of the NSW/ACT committee or contact me directly at


A BIG THANK YOU to our outgoing chairperson Freny Tayebjee. Freny has worked tirelessly and energetically to grow our NSW/ACT chapter. Freny will continue to be involved as our State rep on the National Board.

9. 2014 ACEN Conference - Call for papers

‘Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity’  A cutting-edge conference in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for practitioners and researchers from the higher education sector, industry, community, government representatives and students.

Interested researchers, academics, practitioners and industry partners are invited to submit papers for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

The Committee invites submissions across four categories:

1. Full refereed papers for review, including abstract, must be submitted not later than 4th March, 2014.

2. Showcase presentation abstracts must be submitted not later than 1st August, 2014.

3. Roundtable discussions abstracts must be submitted not later than 1st May, 2014.

4. Poster submissions abstracts must be submitted not later than 1st August, 2014.

More details

10. ACEN LinkedIn Group

Join ACEN members on LinkedIn who are currently discussing, among other things, the UK FutureTrack Longitudinal Study mentioned above.

Join here - members only

11. Pre-Place Preparation Program resource


Do you prepare students for placement? Would you like to provide your students with a user-friendly, adaptable, online tool that walks them through this preparatory process? If so, Pre-Place may be for you!  This award-winning, multi-disciplinary online program prepares students for placements, covering topics such as safety practices, organisational culture, professional conduct, work/life balance, and how to deal with workplace injury, violence, harassment, bullying and discrimination. 

Get further information and a brief demonstration of the program, plus how to organise a temporary trial.  

Pre-Place was developed by Flinders University to provide students with a firm foundation for participating in a successful Work-Integrated Learning placement.  It is now available for purchase by any tertiary organisation as a flexible package that can be customised to your institution.

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