Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities – ACEN WA

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities – ACEN WA

Date: Monday 27th May 2019.

Time: 9:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch

Cost: Free to ACEN members

Venue:  Curtin University, Bentley. Building 211 Room 222,

To Register: Click here

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 (e.g. 360-assessments, use of online professional networks) in partnership with key stakeholders – national industry and recruiter groups, entrepreneurs, employers, alumni and students.

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

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

The Speaker:

Judith Smith

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

Associate Professor Judith Smith. 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 addressing wicked challenges in teaching and learning. Judith is a Board member of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and Chair of the ACEN Research, Scholarship and Professional Learning Subcommittee. She leads the multi-institutional research project focused on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through emerging models of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

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Studio photo by Chris Knight on Unsplash
Using GOS and GOS-L data – webinar

Using GOS and GOS-L data – webinar

‘Employment and Employability: Using GOS and GOS-L data to talk about employability’ – webinar

Monday 15 April 2019

In this presentation we will look at the data that institutions hold from the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) of recent graduates and GOS- Longitudinal (three years after completion) and the “stories” that can be told to drive improvement in institutions.  In this presentation we will take an overview of QILT and then do a deep dive below the public employment indicators to discover the wealth of information that is available and how QILT can be customised to maximise its potential to measure what is important to institutions.

Delivered by

Lisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Lisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Lisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Lisa has been working in the QILT program at the Social Research Centre since January 2015.  Prior to this she spent 29 years in the VET and University sector in a range of roles from teaching, curriculum review, academic management, quality management, strategic planning, organisational research, surveys and evaluation. (BEd from Deakin University (Rusden) and MEd (Leadership and Management) from RMIT).

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Denise will also be discussing some of the studies she has conducted using data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey and Student Experience Survey to evaluate her own WIL programs and the impact of WIL more broadly.

Karsten Zegwaard recognised for Contribution to Research

Karsten Zegwaard recognised for Contribution to Research

Karsten Zegwaard, known to many ACEN members via conferences and publications, has been awarded the James W. Wilson Award For Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education and Internships.

The award was presented at the Cooperative Education and Internship Association in Chicago.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion and advocacy of research activity in cooperative education. The award is not given every year. The award is competitively determined and is intended to recognize longstanding contributions to the field both by participating in research activity and providing leadership for others.

Karsten is Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, co-editor of the International Handbook on Cooperative and Work-integrated Education, vice-president of New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, board member of the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), and Vice-Chair (Oceania) of the WACE International Research Committee.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the CEIA Ralph W. Tyler Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Research, and in 2015, the recipient of WACE Donald McLaren Academic Award for Professional Achievement in Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education.

Congratulations Karsten

More about the Award


2019 Research Grants open

2019 Research Grants 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 admin@acen.edu.au 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.

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!

2019 ACEN student scholarships

2019 ACEN student scholarships

Eight scholarships of $1,500 provide financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2019/2020 university studies.

Applications close on April 30, 2019

Criteria for applicants

The 2019 ACEN Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
  • Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies, either as a subject or a requirement of the degree
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

The WIL placement must be:

  • Undertaken and completed between 1st June 2019 and 30th May 2020
  • Must be 3 weeks or greater duration
  • Undertaken in Australia within an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote location which requires relocation. Regional and Remote locations ASGS Remoteness Area (2016) RA2- RA5)  are noted on the map: http://doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator
  • Fulltime (4-5 days per week, for a minimum of three weeks duration)

Two-stage submission process

Stage 1: Students complete an online application form (applications close on April 30, 2019).

Stage 2: Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a 1,000 word account which addresses specific criteria:

  • Evidence of reflection on work-based context and skill development
  • How the WIL placement will support and enhance development of employability
  • Highlight the focus of personal skill development during placement
  • Evidence of clear and concise communication skills.

Applicants will also be required to submit

  • A copy of their most recent academic transcript.
  • A written statement from an institutional representative supporting the application.
  • Evidence that the WIL placement is a requirement of the dgree.

Stage 1 Marking Rubric

Levels of Attainment
Assessment Attributes Poor Good Excellent Exceptional
Address personal aspirations Not addressed or personal aspirations not addressed clearly just reiterating background information or expecting marker to make the link. Ok, personal aspirations mentioned Personal aspirations addressed with links to the other areas – professional skills or placement Personal aspirations addressed with clear links to the professional skills developed and reason for rural placement – inspirational.
How the placement will help to develop your professional skills Not addressed at all or very poor connection. Ok, mention of professional skills that may be developed. Excellent outlining certain professional skills that will be developed and how, or why it benefits them. Clear links between the regional / rural placement and development of employability skills – showing deep level of reflection and forethought.
Why you have elected to undertake a regional and remote placement No reason cited or poor, e.g. to travel. Brief mention of reason to undertake placement, not built on or marker expected to make the connection. Excellent outlining why they have elected to undertake placement with clear links to one of the attributes above at least. Showing greater level of reflection, career planning with inspirational story and clear links between all assessment criteria, inspirational.


Key Dates

Date Activity
March 26, 2019
Call for applications
April 30, 2019
Applications close for stage 1
May 10, 2019
Short-listed applicants notified and invited to provide a 1,000 word account that addresses specific criteria and send a supporting statement from their institution and a copy of their most recent academic transcript.
May 24, 2019
Applications close for stage 2
June 8, 2019
Successful applicants notified