WIL Awards

The National WIL Awards recognise the contribution that organisations, institutions and individuals make to work-integrated learning. Two are awarded to organisations – the Collaboration Award and the Local Hero Award – and two are awarded to individuals – Excellence in WIL (Case Studies) and Life Membership.

Institutions may submit multiple nominations.

This year documents can also be uploaded in support of the nomination.

Collaboration Award

Local Hero Award

Case Study Award

ACEN recognises that work integrated learning needs institutions and partner organisations to collaborate to provide an authentic learning experience for students engaged in WIL. We also know that individuals within many of our institutions and partner organisations go beyond our expectations and integrate WIL into their operations and activities and work hard to improve the WIL experience for students.

ACEN Collaboration Award

This award is made to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

The collaboration

  • Has been sustained with the university for not less than 3 years.
  • Provides a meaningful WIL experience to students each year.
  • Contributes to the curriculum of the university.
  • Seeks to improve the WIL experience for students.

Information required for Collaboration Award application

1. Introductory details

1.1 Name of organisation being nominated

1.2 Name of nominating institution.

1.3 Nominator’s contact details.

1.4 Nominator’s email address.

1.5 Organisation’s contact details – contact name, position and phone number.

1.6 Organisation’s contact email.

2. Organisation details

2.1 Number of employees.

2.2 Organisation type (e.g. commercial, government, not for profit).

2.3 Primary activity of organisation.

3. Relationship with nominating organisation

3.1 Years of involvement in WIL.

3.2 Brief description of the way the organisation engages with students (approx. 100 words) e.g. number of students involved, significance and extent of the relationship.

4. Supporting statement

Use the following as headings in your supporting statement. You may use graphic material as evidence. The word count is no more than 1,000 words in total.

4.1 Provide an overview of why the organisation should be nominated for a Collaboration Award.

4.2 Outline the duration of the relationship, how the nominated organisation has contributed regularly to WIL in recent years and how the relationship has been sustained.

4.3 How is WIL integrated into the operation of the organisation?

4.4 How has the nominated organisation improved the WIL experience for students?

Applications should be sent to admin@acen.edu.au by July 31, 2018.

ACEN Local Hero Award

This award is made to a small-medium enterprise (SME; 0-199 employees) partner that is contributing to WIL beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation.

In the relationship

  • The SME that regularly contributes to WIL over an extended period not less than 3 years.
  • The SME contributes in a meaningful way to the students’ WIL experience.
  • WIL forms an integral part of the organisation (e.g. recruitment of graduates, enterprise relies on the WIL partnership, entrepreneurship in WIL, giving back to the profession/community, etc.).

Information required for Local Hero Award application

Applications should provide the following information:

1. Introductory details

1.1 Name of organisation being nominated.

1.2 Name of nominating institution.

1.3 Nominator’s contact details.

1.4 Nominator’s email address.

1.5 Organisation’s contact details – contact name, position and phone number.

1.6 Organisation’s contact email.

2. Organisation details

2.1 Number of employees.

2.2 Organisation type (e.g. commercial, government, not for profit).

2.3 Primary activity of organisation.

3. Relationship with nominating institution

3.1 Years of involvement in WIL.

3.2 Brief description of the way the organisation engages with students (approx. 100 words) e.g. number of students involved, significance and extent of the relationship.

4. Supporting statement

Use the following as headings in your supporting statement. You may use graphic material as evidence. The word count is no more than 1,000 words in total.

4.1 Provide an overview of why the organisation should be nominated for a Local Hero Award.

4.2 Outline the duration of the relationship, how the nominated organisation has contributed regularly to WIL in recent years and how the relationship has been sustained.

4.4 How is WIL integrated into the operation of the organisation?

4.5 How has the nominated organisation improved the WIL experience for students?

4.6 Pictures, graphics and documents can be uploaded in support of the  application

Applications should be sent to admin@acen.edu.au by July 31, 2018

Case Study Award

This new award recognises quality and innovative WIL practices across a diverse range of disciplines, models and methods. The publication of a WIL case study on the ACEN website constitutes a submission for the award, with winners announced biennially at the ACEN conference. This achievement may be awarded to the sole author of a case study, or to a team of contributors.

Case Studies Award eligibilty and criteria

Eligibilty

To be considered for an Excellence in WIL case study award you must first submit your WIL activity as a case study to ACEN. Each case study will be assessed against specific criteria. Case studies subsequently accepted as exemplar models of WIL will be published on the ACEN web pages and showcased to all members. All published case studies will automatically be considered for the ACEN Excellence in WIL case study award.

Criteria

The award will be presented to the author/s of a published case study that has demonstrated the most outstanding level of contribution within the following themes:

Innovation: Has a very high level of innovation or represents an innovative approach to accepted teaching practice in WIL.
Adaptability: Demonstrates the potential to be rolled out as an exemplar model of practice across disciplines and institutions.
Topicality: Has the potential to offer a significant positive impact on topical issues in WIL including, for example, non-placement WIL, international placements, promoting employability or engaging alumni.
Impact: Demonstrates an ability to benefit a wide variety of stakeholders including students, the community, industry and VE institutions.
Evaluation: Demonstrates effective evaluation processes to build on and improve the activities outlined within the case study.

Case studies must have been published by 1 August 2018 to be included for the 2018 selection round.

Award recipients will be determined by ACEN Board Members.

To submit a case study

Complete an online submission of your WIL case study. Your application will be externally reviewed and author/s advised if any additional information or clarification is required. You will be notified if your case study is selected for publication on the ACEN web pages and we will work with you to agree on the content for publication. The ACEN Board will evaluate all published case studies and determine one awardee biennially. The award will be announced and presented at the ACEN conference.

All published case studies will automatically be considered for an Excellence in WIL award unless ACEN is otherwise informed that authors do not want their published case study to be considered.