2018 Research Grants

Grants of $10,000 have been awarded to the following:

‘Using a near-peer clinical supervision model: Creating sustainability in WIL and developing students’ leadership skills’

A/Professor Thea van de Mortel, A/Professor Saras Henderson and Dr Judith Needham, Griffith University

The study will evaluate a near-peer clinical supervision model that may provide an innovative solution to meeting increasing clinical placement demand, and build future nurse leaders to improve healthcare quality. Student surveys and focus groups with students and nurses will be used to obtain data on outcomes to support WIL.

‘Teaching millennials and promoting deep reflective learning on workplace experience: Does reflective writing on online forums provide an answer?’

Margaret Castles, University of Adelaide Law School and Matthew Atkinson, University of South Australia

This project will investigate millennials’ attitudes to privacy and peer disclosure in assessable online reflective learning. It will compare attitudes to peer to peer and student to teacher reflective journaling, which will support evidence-based creation of online learning and assessment tools that meet millennials’ learning preferences.

Final Report

‘Developing a framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality in work integrated learning’

Matthew Campbell, Queensland University of Technology, Professor Lindy McAllister, University of Sydney and Leoni Russell, RMIT

A collaboration across QUT, RMIT University and the University of Sydney has developed a comprehensive framework for the institutional assurance of quality in work integrated learning.

Responding to a gap in the current literature, this framework has been developed through a twelve month engagement with WIL academics and practitioners across the Australian higher education sector.

The framework has been developed around four domains of practice (student experience, curriculum design, institutional requirements and stakeholder engagement) under which are mapped a set of standards of practice and examples of good practice.

Final report

Project website

‘Story-care: An innovative WIL model for aged-care that builds students’ clinical confidence positive attitudes, and sense of community’

Professor Margaret McAllister, CQ University

This Work Integrated Learning model overcomes barriers to aged-care placements and builds a productive culture. Supervisors and students will develop and apply narrative competence – the ability to listen and share life-enhancing stories. Expected benefits include increased student clinical confidence, attitudes and sense of community and a model to improve aged care learning.

Final Report

Research Grant applications closed at 5pm AEST May 2, 2018

In 2018 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants valued at $10,000 each (plus GST).

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and 2016 ACEN National Research Symposium.

  • Innovative and sustainable WIL models
  • WIL assessment and feedback informing learning
  • Optimizing WIL for International students
  • Technology enabling global WIL
  • Evaluation and/or data analytics informing quality of WIL
  • Quality supervision and mentoring

Applications closed at 5pm AEST on Wednesday May 2, 2018

Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:

  • build the capacity of ACEN members 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) each and should be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project. 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.

Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Title of Project
  2. Identification of the relevant theme to the project (see above)
  3. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words)
  4. Project Lead/s contact details and short relevant bio (100 words max)
  5. Names of other people, institutions and organisations (if applicable) involved in the project
  6. 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
  7. Aims of the project
  8. Expected Outcomes
  9. Research methodology
  10. Impact of the project and significance to higher education (for example: expected impact on stakeholders, future practice and policy)
  11. Dissemination plan
  12. Overview of project phases and timeline
  13. Project budget
  14. 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
  • 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

Closing date

Applications must be sent to admin@acen.edu.au by 5pm AEST on Wednesday May 2, 2018