International entrepreneurship research project

International entrepreneurship research project

Curtin University is currently collecting data for the Global University Entrepreneurship Spirit Students’ Survey (GUESSS). The study is one of the largest entrepreneurship research projects in the world and the 2019 Australian data collection phase ends on 31 March 2019. GUESSS researches the ways students are exposed to entrepreneurial events, experiences and knowledge while studying at university and how these shaped their intentions to establish or enter into entrepreneurial ventures. In 2016, 50 countries participated in GUESSS leading to a dataset with more than 122,000 completed student responses from more than 1000 universities. Students completing the Australian survey go into a draw for a chance to win a $2000 cash prize. To get your students to participate in the study, please circulate the following message:

Dear student

We want to hear how your experience at an Australian university may have impacted on your intention to start your own business.

We’re inviting you to complete the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Student Survey (GUESSS) and share your thoughts with us. It should only take you around 40 minutes.  Hurry, you have until 31 March 2019 to do so.

If you complete the survey, you will go into the draw for a chance to win a $2000* cash prize!

How can students evidence entrepreneurial skills?

How can students evidence entrepreneurial skills?

Vic/Tas ACEN Workshop Invitation:

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities that give students an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design, piloting and evaluation of a range of scalable and sustainable WIL assessment approaches in partnership with key stakeholders – national industry and recruiter groups, entrepreneurs, employers, alumni and students.

This workshop is relevant to course and discipline leaders, WIL practitioners, academic and curriculum developers.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Explore enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL approaches being implemented in courses across Australia
  • Unpack challenges in evidencing learning and assessment in enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL
  • Work with peers to design curriculum for interdisciplinary WIL experiences which develop enterprise capabilities


  • Thursday 23rd May, 2019
  • 11.00am-1.30pm
  • RMIT University Building 80, level 3, room 15.  445 Swanston St Melbourne Map
  • Cost: free to ACEN members; $20 non-members
  •  As this is a workshop no recording will be available post-event.




The Edge Project is funded by an Excellence in Learning and Teaching grant from the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN)

Judith Smith

Judith Smith Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology

Facilitator: Associate Professor Jude Smith

Associate Professor Judith Smith is the Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology. In this role she provides strategic leadership to institutional initiatives and projects in emerging pedagogies and technologies that align to QUT’s real world learning vision and address wicked challenges in teaching and learning. 

Judith is a Board member of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and is Chair of the ACEN Research, Scholarship and Professional Learning Subcommittee. She is also leading the multi-institutional research project which is focused on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through emerging models of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

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2019 Research Grants with ECR open

2019 Research Grants with ECR open

In 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers.*

“An ECR is an emerging researcher who is at an early stage of their academic career. Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within 8 years. The award is open to both academic and professional staff.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

  • Innovative and scalable WIL models
  • WIL and global mobility
  • Leadership in WIL
  • Digital technology enabling WIL
  • Building learner agency and professional identity through WIL
  • WIL practices supporting diverse learners

Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:

  • build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree research students to undertake research into WIL
  • promote and support scholarship in WIL
  • develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs\
  • leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research and the sharing of WIL resources.

Funding and Reporting Requirements

These research grants are valued at a maximum of $10,000 plus GST for each full Research Grant and $5,000 plus GST for ECR grants. The projects should be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project on provision of an invoice from the institution. Any unspent funds must be returned to ACEN at the end of the project.
At the conclusion of the project successful applicants will be required to complete a project report which will be published to the ACEN website and to submit a statutory declaration detailing how funds were spent.

  • The grants are available to professional or academic staff of institutions with ACEN Full Institutional Membership.
  • The grants are not available to members of the ACEN Board.
  • Applications that include industry or community organization partners are encouraged.

Application Requirements

The application must be provided as a Word document and not exceed five pages and may be addressed to the ‘ACEN Research Chair’.
Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Whether you are applying for a full Research Grant of $10,000 or an Early Career Researchers Grant of $5,000
  2. Title of Project
  3. Identification of the relevant theme to the project (see above)
  4. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words)
  5. Project Lead/s contact details and short relevant bio (100 words max)
  6. Names of other people, institutions and organisations (if applicable) involved in the project
  7. How the project is consistent with vision, mission and aims of ACEN and how it will build on existing research and scholarship in work integrated learning
  8. Aims of the project
  9. Expected Outcomes
  10. Research methodology
  11. Impact of the project and significance to higher education (for example: expected impact on stakeholders, future practice and policy)
  12. Dissemination plan
  13. Overview of project phases and timeline
  14. Project budget
  15. If projects involve creating a website, the project must make clear how the website is to be maintained for up to five years.

Examples of allowable budget expenses include personnel plus on-costs (clerical support, student assistance, etc.), postage, printing, photocopying, travel for conference presentation, telephone and fax costs, and office supplies. Items must be directly related to achieving the research project.

Examples of non-allowable budget expenses include salary for the applicant, indirect institutional expenses, institutional overheads, permanent equipment and capital purchases.

A letter of endorsement from the first named project lead’s line manager must accompany the application. This endorsement indicates support for the project and a willingness to provide time for the project to be undertaken. The letter of endorsement should be attached to the same email as the application.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to:

  • arrange ethics approval
  • involve other ACEN members in the process, especially early career researchers, where possible\
  • meet negotiated timelines and ACEN reporting deadlines
  • present on findings at an ACEN event including webinars
  • leverage dissemination opportunities to share good practice including a refereed publication
  • ensure that any resources developed through the project are designed with a view that these are made available for use by the ACEN community and where appropriate a Creative Commons License such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International is applied to these resources
  • any publications and resources developed through the project should acknowledge the contribution of ACEN to the project
  • provide details of the refereed publication (when available) to ACEN National Board for dissemination.

Selection Process

The project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • significance to one or more of the research grant themes
  • quality of the design
  • potential impact and transferability of project outcomes
  • capacity of the project to deliver proposed outcomes
  • involvement of early career researchers (this will be viewed favourably for projects applying for full research grants)

Closing date

Applications must be sent to by 5pm AEST on Thursday May 2, 2019


Information session

An information session on the research grants will be held via Zoom 12.00-1.00pm on Thursday 4 April, 2019 AEDT. We’ll send you details just prior.

‘Career Ready Graduates’ UA report released

‘Career Ready Graduates’ UA report released

The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) welcomes the report Career Ready Graduates released this week by University Australia (UA) showcasing the breadth and depth of work integrated learning (WIL) activities across Australian Universities.

The report highlights the benefits of WIL for students and employers and the positive long term impact and contribution of work-ready graduates to the Australian economy. Employers’ satisfaction with the preparedness of graduates to transition from student to employee is a credit to our universities and their industry and community partners.

The UA Report showcases the diversity, reach and innovation of WIL models in Australia and the resultant, strong partnerships forged between universities and industry. Expanding WIL and industry engagement opportunities more broadly across disciplines including STEM areas is also evident from the report. This first national WIL data provides an opportunity for the country, as well as each university, to establish targets and identify areas for further development. A sustainable strategy to enable ongoing data collection for monitoring progress is required.

While the report highlights the great innovation occurring across the sector, ACEN believes strategies for increasing the access by international, Indigenous, regional and remote and low socio economic background students to WIL experiences requires immediate attention. The volume of WIL initiatives is commendable but the attention needs to now focus on the quality of the student and industry WIL experiences. The Australian Higher Education Sector is in need of indicators for the quality assurance of WIL opportunities.

 ACEN is committed to improving access for diverse student cohorts, identifying strategies for assuring the quality of WIL, and supporting and providing incentives and support for industry to engage with universities in providing WIL experiences. ACEN will continue to work collaboratively with the other partners to the National WIL Strategy and advocate for the implementation of more measures outlined in the strategy. The Report released this week is an important step forward in realising the goals of the strategy.


2019 WACE $15,000 CWIE Research Grant

2019 WACE $15,000 CWIE Research Grant

WACE and the WACE International Research Community (IRC) wishes to remind all researchers that theDEADLINE to submit the $15,000 grant application is March 1, 2019.  WACE established the research grant, now in its third edition, to promote research activity that will advance and strengthen the understanding of cooperative and work-integrated education (CWIE) in post-secondary/tertiary education across the globe. One grant of $15,000 will be awarded to the successful application. 

Applications close on March 1, 2019

The grant will focus within one of the identified WACE research themes. The five (5) research themes are:

  1. Mapping and Reconciling Goals and Expectations Across Multiple Stakeholders
  2. Social and Political Trends – including gender, race, socio-economic status,
    and accessibility
  3. Assessment and Evaluation
  4. Graduate Attributes
  5. Transfer of Learning

An awarded study may sample from a variety of disciplines, but the study findings must address one of the themes listed above. 

For more information about the grant, to review the  grant criteria and to access the application please go to

More information, criteria and application

 Please note that only fully completed electronic applications will be considered.

For specific questions about the grant, please contact Dr. Jenny Fleming, IRC Awards Co-Chair Jenny.Fleming@aut.

World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education

Employability Week: Engagement, awareness and employability – webinar

Employability Week: Engagement, awareness and employability – webinar

Join the ACEN webinar

‘Employability Week: A tool to increase students’ engagement, career awareness and employability through industry experience’

There is evidence of students under preparedness for recruitment processes and it is recognised that there is a lack of training about job markets employment opportunities at University.

‘Employability week’ (EW) is an extra-curricular intervention that provides a clear framework for students’ career. A day is dedicated to students’ profile building, industry visits with workshops on recruitment processes are organized in the three next days and the last day focusses on networking, speed dating interviews and recruitment workshops where students need to actively work with employers to conduct the activities.

EW is therefore not just a suite of “lectures” where students are told about careers but a constructivist counterpart of a career fair. It allows students to clarify their career aspirations and actively shape their professional identities through active reflection with industry representatives on required attributes and recruitment processes.

Delivered by

Be part of the discussion

Laurence Orlando is a Senior Lecturer (Education Focused) in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at Monash University.

Laurence Orlando, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, Monash University.

Laurence Orlando is a Senior Lecturer (Education Focused) in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at Monash University.

She has developed an innovative, industry-led approach to teaching based on “experiential learning” principles that contributes to the development of essential students’ attributes, specifically critical thinking and collaborative learning.

She is the chair of the Faculty “Employability Committee” and she developed the “Employability Week/Intensive” program involving all her industry partners that has proven to be extremely efficient for students and industry alike.

Not able to attend?

Yes, the session will be recorded and the link published via our newsletter.

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The web-conferencing platform used is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra which allows for a range of interactions (e.g. use of microphone, whiteboard, chat and more).

You will need:

  • a computer (PC or Mac)
  • a stable internet connection
  • a microphone – preferably in a headset

Use Google Chrome or Firefox for the best experience

The session will open one hour before the start of the webinar.

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