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September 2014 newsletterACEN LinkedIn GroupACEN

In this issue

1. President's Message

2. 2014 Conference program available

Welcome Reception • sponsored by Curtin University

Conference Dinner • sponsored by Griffith University

3. ACEN Annual General meeting

Nominate for the ACEN Board


4. In the news

5. An ACEN VIC/TAS seminar 'Engaging diverse students in work integrated learning'

6. Vignettes sought - inclusive WIL in action

7. Position vacant at RMIT

Judie Kay1. President's Message

The ACEN conference is now only weeks away so I would encourage you to check  the program  which is now on the website. The program details some interesting sessions including keynotes, updates on recent WIL research and sessions outlining good practice. With the next  conference not until 2016, now is the time to make sure you don't miss out!

At the Conference we will hold the ACEN AGM where elections for Board positions will take place. Why not consider nominating for a position on the ACEN Board? A position on the ACEN Board enables you make an important contribution  to WIL in Australia but also brings many professional benefits. For more information see below.  

2014 Conference logo2. 2014 Conference program available

See full details of the program - sessions, speakers and times (subject to change).

An inspiring array of keynotes, papers, roundtable and showcase presentations for national and international speakers.

See the full draft program

Register now and avoid the late fee (after September 21 - has appeared incorrectly as Sept 29)

Places still available in the research symposium

Preconference - three options still available.

glassesWelcome Reception • sponsored by Curtin University

Wednesday 1 October

Relax and unwind after an inspiring day of presentations. Catch up with old friends and network with new. Enjoy drinks and canapés with our surprise guest.

Maybe snap the winning WIL Stars shot for our Instagram competition.

mealConference Dinner • sponsored by Griffith University

Thursday 2 October

Beginning with pre-dinner networking drinks and canapés, you will then journey to our surprise dinner venue for a three course dining extravaganza.

Win one of six lucky door prizes, get snapping in our fun photo booth and dance the night away.

More networking and dining opportunities

Conference sponsors InPlace - smart placement solutions Griffith University

3. Voting handsACEN Annual General meeting

An Annual General Meeting of Members of the Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd (ACEN) will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014 commencing at 12.45pm, River Room, 3rd Floor, Twin Town Conference Centre, Cnr Griffith St, Coolangatta QLD & Wharf St, Tweed Heads NSW

Nominate for the ACEN Board

Nominations are called for eligible members to be elected as Directors. Up to five members may be elected. Current directors retiring under this requirement may choose to nominate again. Nominations close on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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A Member who is entitled to attend and vote at this meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of the Member.

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4. Fair Work Ombudsman's Report 'The Nature, Prevalence and Regulation of Unpaid Work Experience, Internships and Trial Periods in Australia: Experience or Exploitation?'In the news

Several stories have appeared in recent days on internships. Prominent among the sources is Professor Andrew Stewart, speaker at our forum last year.

ABC radio - 'Fair Work Ombudsman report finds unpaid internships disadvantage poorer jobseekers'

The Age - 'Young jobless pay for internships'

ABC The World Today - 'Legal and moral questions over unpaid internships'

The Age - 'Unpaid interns land Melbourne businesswoman in federal court'

5. Work Integrated Learning project logoAn ACEN VIC/TAS seminar

'Engaging diverse students in work integrated learning'

17th October, 2014 10am-12pm

Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in Work Integrated Learning (WIL): an Office for Learning and Teaching Funded Project.

The OLT Project Team, in partnership with ACEN VIC/Tas, will host a seminar on Work-Integrated Learning on October 17, 2014.

The seminar will include a guest speaker and opportunities for discussion on the challenges and benefits of inclusive WIL.

Register your attendance with Leoni Russell, leoni.russell@rmit.edu.au

Victoria University City , 300 Flinders Street, Level 11, Room: FS1109

Date: 17th October, 2014 10am-12pm

Work Integrated Learning project logo6. Vignettes sought - inclusive WIL in action

Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in work integrated learning (WIL) is an Office of Learning and Teaching funded project led by Queensland University of Technology (Dr Deborah Peach), with partner institutions Griffith University (Matthew Campbell), Southern Cross University (Dr Keri Moore), Curtin University (Sonia Ferns) and Macquarie University (Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Jacqueline Mackaway).

This project will translate inclusive education principles into the WIL context in order to improve student access, participation and progression. One of the project goals is to gather examples of WIL practice where issues related to student equity, diversity and inclusion are considered and addressed. These vignettes will be resources for institutions and practitioners. With this in mind the project team would like to invite ACEN members to contribute a 'vignette' based on personal experience with an inclusive approach to WIL.

Ideally the project team would like these vignettes collected by the end of October. A template is to be used to gather stories.

Contact Jacqueline Mackaway (jacqueline.mackaway@mq.edu.au) with questions.

Thank you and the project team looks forward to collecting many great examples of inclusive WIL in action!

7. Position vacant: Manager, Enterprise Relations, RMIT

As Manager, Enterprise Relations you will work across the range of Industry Engagement and WIL Group programs to initiate, develop and grow mutually productive industry and community collaborations, sponsorships and other relationships.