Chief investigator: Dr Jacqueline Mackaway, Macquarie University

Participants are required for an ACEN ECR funded study into equitable student access to work-integrated learning (WIL) placements.

The study seeks the perspectives of students, employers (workplace supervisors) and university staff who have experience with WIL, specifically in relation to the organisational, occupational, practice-based and personal factors that help or hinder diverse students gaining access to WIL placements.

The following people are invited to participate in a study:

  1. students who have completed a WIL placement in the past 3 years.
  2. employees or workplace supervisors who are currently involved in the coordination and/or supervision of WIL students at their organisation or have been involved in this type of activity in past 3 years.
  3. academics or professional staff members from tertiary institutions who are currently involved in the placement and/or supervision of WIL students or have been involved in this work in the past 3 years.

Information gathered will be used to inform the development of ‘Success Stories’, namely a set of resources that showcase the inclusive conditions, WIL models and practices that support and widen student access to WIL. These resources will be disseminated via the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) website. Findings from the study will also be presented at the ACEN conference in 2021 and published in the International Journal of Work Integrated Learning. Human Ethics approval has been granted for this study #5887.

If you could please share this information with your colleagues, students and workplace supervisors it would be much appreciated.


Students please  go to the Student Stories of Success Survey

University staff and employers please go to the Employee Stories of Success Survey.



This study is being conducted by Dr Jacqueline Mackaway from the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. If you have any queries Jacqueline can be contacted by email on