Finalists Announced: ACEN Awards 2020

The ACEN Awards panel are pleased to announce the following finalists for the Local Hero, Collaboration and Innovation and Excellence in WIL Awards. The winners will be announced at the Beyond 2020: Creating the Future with WIL virtual summit on the 27th & 28th October, 2020.

Congratulations to all finalists!

Local Hero Award

The Local Hero Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is a small-medium enterprise (SME:0-199 employees) whose engagement with a university in WIL and whose contribution to the WIL experience of students, is above and beyond the expectation of the size of their organisation. Local Hero award finalists are:

  • Hidden Harvest nominated by the University of Wollongong
  • Wateraid Australia nominated by the University of Melbourne

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. Collaboration award finalists are:

  • The Intercontinental Hotel Group nominated by Edith Cowan University
  • The Department of Health and Human Services nominated by the University of Melbourne
  • IRT Group nominated by the University of Wollongong
  • WIN News nominated by the University of Wollongong
  • RSPCA nominated by the University of Queensland

Innovation and Excellence Award

The Innovation and Excellence Award is awarded to the case study that displays quality and innovative WIL practice. All case studies accepted for website publication are nominated for this award. Innovation and Excellence award finalists are:

  • HealthStop@Agfest: Student-led health promotion at a community event, Dr Kathryn Ogden, University of Tasmania
  • Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative (BOHII): a multi-disciplinary partnered workplace, Associate Professor Michele Ruyters, RMIT University
  • From skills to start-ups: A pathway for career-ready engineering graduates through innovative WIL approaches, Dr Ginu Rajan, Associate Professor Raad Raad, Lara Pugh & Associate Professor Rodney Vickers, University of Wollongong
  • Transdisciplinary community-based WIL in international contexts, Dr Beate Mueller & Associate Professor Susan Oguro, University of Technology Sydney