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February (March) 2020 news





In this issue

1. From the President

2. New Board and Subcommittees

3. Student scholarships

4. 2020 ACEN Research Grants now open with Q and A

5. ACEN 2020 conference

6. Industry WIL Guide resource

7. Cooperative Education Workshop – ACEN WA

8. ACEN Qld Chapter meeting

9. Service-learning Australia Summit Celebrates Network Launch

10. HERDSA 2020 Conference

11. ACEN Awards 2020

12. 9th Annual Global Internship Conference

31. February 31st

1. From the President

Franziska Trede2020 kicked off with a big bang for ACEN. We had a vibrant two-day Board meeting and the energy of the board is evidenced in this newsletter. Our priorities for 2020 are:

 We have slightly revised the names of the committees to better reflect their activities.

Last week the board had a zoom meeting with members of the chapter committees with the purpose of hearing from each other and sharing interests. It was great to have so many people attend and to see such passion and commitment for WIL.

There was a National Symposium just before the University Australia Conference in Canberra on February 25 which was co-hosted by UAC and Australian Council of Professions. Key topics included learning and working, life-long learning, assessment of foundational (employability) skills and knowledge of students, revising the AQF – all topics relate closely to WIL and its purpose of integrating knowledge and skills into professional actions. Of interest to me was a keynote that called for a culture shift away from life-long learning and towards a focus on talent and aptitude. This is something we can focus on in our contributions to the national, and indeed, international employability discourse.

Here is some sad and some good news. The sad news first: Don is retiring. Don is the ACEN Administrative Officer and has greatly contributed to the mature professional association that ACEN is today. He has been professional, reliable, diligent and very kind with a patience of a giant. Please join me in thanking Don for his enormous contribution to ACEN. The good news is that we have appointed a new administrative officer, Ms Laura Johns. Laura has worked in the higher education sector and more specifically in careers, employability and internship area for the past 4 years. She brings excellent project management, communication skills, report writing skills and digital skills to this position. You will meet Laura online as of Monday March 2 which is her starting date. Don will help ease her into the position and will stick around for a little while longer. Please join me in congratulating Laura and making her feel welcome.

Franziska Trede, President, ACEN

2. New Board and Subcommittees

ACEN 2020 Board

The ACEN Board at the February 2020 face-to-face meeting in Melbourne.

L to R: Bonnie Dean, Matthew Campbell (back row), Sonia ferns(front row), Leoni Russell, Cate Clifford (back row), Sharon Scott (front row), Anna Rowe, Michelle Eady (back row), Franziska Trede (front row), Denise Jackson, Susan Rowland, Annette Marlow (back row), Don MacDowall (Admin). Absent: Robert Ewers (Company Secretary)

At the Melbourne meeting the new Board reviewed the existing committee structure and membership. The terms of reference are being reviewed but the membership (C denotes Chair) and responsibilities are these:

Engagement and Advocacy
Matthew Campbell (C), Judie Kay, Michelle Eady
Membership, advocacy, social media, external liaison

Awards and Student Scholarships
Cate Clifford (C), Annette Marlow, Leoni Russell, Susan Rowland, Sonia Ferns
Biennial awards, yearly student scholarships, equity access agenda, info webinar on awards

Research and Impact
Anna Rowe (C), Denise Jackson (GOS manager), Sonia Ferns, Franziska Trede
Research grant review, research symposium, webinar Q and A, GOS data management

Professional Learning and Resources
Sharon Scott (C), Bonnie Dean with Erin Stacy and Ceri Macleod
Case studies, research conversations, webinars, masterclasses

Finance and Audit
Susan Rowland (C), Annette Marlow, Matthew Campbell
Build budget, oversee and approve ongoing expenditures, maintain processes for approval of expenditures, review and approve audit documents, develop processes for financial governance

3. Student scholarships

windmillWe are just doing some final tweaking and then we'll invite applications for the eight $1,500 student scholarships.

Meanwhile read some of the reflections students provide postexercise. They say things like

Student scholarship reflections

4. 2020 ACEN Research Grants now open with Q and A

Research logoIn 2020 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Emergent and/or Early Career Researchers.

The grants are 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.

How to apply

Q and A webinar for Research Grants

Thinking of applying but have questions? Join the Q and A webinar on  Monday 6th April, 12 noon AEST (yes it's just after the change out of daylight saving)

Register for the Q and A

5. ACEN 2020 conference

ACEN 2020 conference

Preconference workshops

Four diverse topics – two in the morning and two in the afternoon of Monday 26 October, 2020 at RMIT.

Register for preconference workshops when you register for the conference.
If you have already registered for the conference, the conference managers will be in touch with instructions on how to book a workshop.

Workshop details

Research Symposium

WIL Research bannerDeakin Downtown between 1.30pm and 5.00pm on Monday 26 October, 2020
Separate to the Conference but offered on the same day as the preconference workshops.

The free Symposium will involve presentations and collaborative discussions on key topics related to WIL research, such as conceptual frameworks, qualitative and quantitative research design, managing ethics considerations, converting collaboration to grant funding, and publishing and disseminating WIL research.

All types and stages of researchers are welcome, however this symposium is particularly aimed at emerging researchers in WIL.

Register your interest

Skyline and clock

Papers and abstracts invited

Submit full refereed papers and abstracts for showcases, posters and roundtable presentations.

Rolling' submissions close 7 April 2020

Full submission details

We particularly welcome papers for the sub-theme Indigenous engagement: Building capacity through WIL

Sponsorship opportunities

A little or a lottle - a variety of sponsorship opportunities are now available.

More details

6. Industry WIL Guide resource

Orange frameworkThis is a short orientation to WIL to help industry and employers understand the broad term of work-integrated learning (WIL) and how to make the most of WIL.

The Industry WIL Guide has the following headings:

There is a section with links to more resources and a simple WIL checklist covering the most important steps in WIL.

Now available in ACEN Resources

7. Cooperative Education Workshop – ACEN WA

ACEN WA squaresDate: Wednesday 5th March 2020, 9:30 to 12:30
Venue: University of Western Australia

This interactive workshop is focused on introducing cooperative education as a way of responding to calls for more employable graduates by government, professional bodies, and employers. Cooperative education (co-op), a form of work integrated learning (WIL), involves students alternating terms in industry and university.

The workshop will first present the experience of academics and industry partners on the challenges and benefits of co-op in Germany and Australia. It aims to motivate and empower individuals to consider co-op in their own institutions. Activities will assist in identifying pathways, and potential challenges, in applying co-op models in the West Australian context.


8. ACEN Qld Chapter meeting

BeachWednesday 11 March at 1.30 pm Brisbane time.

The meeting will be held by Zoom.

Zoom details will be sent to you when you RSVP

Enquiries and RSVP Karen Robinson


9. Service-learning Australia Summit Celebrates Network Launch

The Australian Service-learning Network, affiliated with ACEN, recently hosted the Service-learning Australia Summit 'Opportunities: Service-learning on the agenda'.

Service Learning Network

Keynote Speaker: Richard Kiely Photo: William Nguyen

The summit, held at Gold Coast campus in November, provided an innovative and enriching educational experience for over 80 staff from 30 universities and 7 schools, providing attendees that were both familiar with and new to the concept of service-learning invaluable skills and expertise.

The two-day summit featured a variety of interactive workshops, TED-talks and presentations delivered by over twenty industry professionals alongside the event’s keynote speaker, Dr Richard Kiely from Cornell University.

ACEN members interest in developing service-learning opportunities as part of their approach to work-integrated learning will find a workshop, and paper sessions at the ACEN conference in October.

10. HERDSA 2020 Conference

HERDSA 2020 ConferenceWelcome to HERDSA 2020 Research & Development in Higher Education You are invited to join us at HERDSA 2020, the 43rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Brisbane Australia 30th June – 3rd July 2020.

More on HERDSA conference

11. ACEN Awards 2020

BubblesThe National WIL Awards recognise the contribution that organisations, institutions and individuals make to work-integrated learning.

ACEN 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.

ACEN Local Hero Award

The Local Hero Award is awarded to a small-medium enterprise  partner organisation 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.

Innovation and Excellence Award formerly Case Study Award

This 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.

More about ACEN Awards

Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

More about Life Membership

12. 9th Annual Global Internship Conference

Simon Fraser University and the Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, June 9th – 12th, 2020.

Held each year on a different continent, the GIC brings together more than 400 educators, career advisors, study abroad professionals, third party internship providers, employers and government officials from over 35 countries. 

The GIC is the only conference dedicated to international internships, cooperative education, work integrated learning, volunteer experience, apprenticeships, gap years and other practical learning experiences for young people of all nations.

More about GIC

31. February 31st

Don MacDowallPrinted on the back of my Vana school exercise book (about sixty-five years ago) was

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.

I use it even now when I'm checking dates. So I know there's no February 31 but this is really the February newsletter - I'm just using poetic licence.


Pic by Hoth, additional artwork by Don

And finally Still round the corner there may wait ...