Finalists Announced: ACEN Local Hero & Collaboration Awards 2022

On behalf of the ACEN national board, the ACEN Awards committee are pleased to announce the following finalists for the Local Hero Award and Collaboration Award. The winners will be announced at the Beyond 2022: Creating the Future with WIL conference dinner on the 24th October, 2022 in Melbourne.

Congratulations to all finalists!

Collaboration Award

Local Hero Award

Innovation and Excellence in WIL Award

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 – Innovation and Excellence in WIL Award and Life Membership.

Institutions may submit two nominations in each of the categories.

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

2022 Applications now closed

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

The Collaboration Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL. Applications will be able to demonstrate how partner organisations have fostered and sustained exceptional WIL experiences for their students and provide a description of the nature and extent of an ongoing relationship with your institution, over the past several years.

Applications due: 14 August 2022. 

Information required for Collaboration Award application

Applications should provide the following specific information:

1          Introductory details

1.1        Name of organisation being nominated

1.2        Name of nominating institution

1.3        Nominator’s contact details, including email address

1.4        Organisation’s contact details – contact name, position, phone number, email address

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

2.4        Years of involvement in WIL

3          Supporting Statement

Your supporting statement should provide an overview of why the organisation should be nominated for the Collaborative Award. You may use testimonials from staff and students, as well as graphic material in support of your application. The statement should be no more than 1,000 words in total and should address the following criteria:

3.1        The growth of the relationship over the recent past, how the relationship has been sustained and how the nominated organisation has contributed regularly to WIL

3.2        How WIL is integrated into the operation of the organisation

3.3        How the nominated organisation has improved the WIL experience for students and contributed to their growth and employability prospects

3.4        How the organisation engages with the University eg its in–classroom contributions, input into curriculum design, evaluation of course materials etc

3.5        Any stand out factors that demonstrate their ongoing commitment to WIL for students eg interdisciplinary projects, team focussed projects, opportunities for international students, sustainable capacity building in work placements and internships etc

Institutions may submit two nomination for the Collaboration Award.

Assessment will be conducted by a sub-committee of the ACEN National Board with cross-university representation. Assessment of applications will be based on the details provided in answer to the above criteria.

Applications can be summitted via the online form below by 14 August 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

Shortlisted nominations will be announced in September with awards being made at the 2022 ACEN Conference in October.

ACEN 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. Successful applications will be able to demonstrate how the partner organisation has tailored discipline-related WIL experiences for students that are innovative and industry-relevant.

Applications due: 14 August 2022. 

Information required for Local Hero Award application

Applications should provide the following specific information:

1          Introductory details

1.1        Name of organisation being nominated

1.2        Name of nominating institution.

1.3        Nominator’s contact details, including email address

1.4        Organisation’s contact details – contact name, position, phone number, email address.

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

2.4        Years of involvement in WIL

3          Supporting Statement

Your supporting statement should provide an overview of why the organisation should be nominated for the Local Hero Award. You may use testimonials from staff and students, as well as graphic material in support of your application. The statement should be no more than 1,000 words in total and should address the following criteria:

3.1        How the organisation’s commitment to your program or course has met the work integrated learning needs of a particular cohort of students above the expectation of the size of the organisation

3.2        How WIL is integrated into the operation of the organisation’s activities

3.3        Measures that the nominated organisation have introduced to enhance the student skill-set and student employability prospects

3.4        How the partner organisation has tailored discipline-related WIL experiences for students that are innovative and industry-relevant

3.5        Any stand out factors that demonstrate the ongoing commitment to WIL by the organisation, on behalf of students eg dedicated mentoring of students by staff in the organisation, examples of cadetships for students etc

Institutions may submit two nomination for the Local Hero Award.

Assessment will be conducted by a sub-committee of the ACEN National Board with cross-university representation. Assessment of applications will be based on the way the above criteria have been addressed.

Applications can be sumitted via the online form below by 14 August 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

Shortlisted nominations will be announced in September with awards being made at the 2022 ACEN Conference in October.

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. This achievement may be awarded to the sole author of a case study, or to a team of contributors.

Applications due: 30 June 2022.

Innovation and Excellence in WIL Award eligibility and criteria

Eligibilty

To be considered for an Innovation and Excellence in WIL 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.

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.

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 Innovation and Excellence Award unless ACEN is otherwise informed that authors do not want their published case study to be considered.

Case Studies must be submitted before the 30 June 2022 to be nominated for the ACEN 2022 ‘Innovation and Excellence Award’.

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.

Applications due: 14 August 2022. 

Honorary Life Membership eligibility and criteria

Criteria to Qualify for Nomination

Supporting evidence will demonstrate that nominees have

  • made a significant contribution to advancing the practice, theory or status of work integrated learning.

  • a minimum of 5 years’ service in the field of Work Integrated Learning.

Successful nominees will

  • receive a complimentary annual membership.

  • be recognised at the ACEN National Conference.

  • be provided with a plaque indicating their Honorary Life Membership.

Nomination Process

The award is based on written information provided by a member of ACEN and should include:

  • A letter of nomination signed by a member of ACEN who is familiar with the work of the nominee.

  • Evidence of the nominees outstanding contribution to ACEN/WIL in Australia and or internationally.  Examples of evidence could include publications, major projects, resource development, program development, student feedback, industry partnerships, awards, contributions to institutional state, national or international activities and any other supporting documents deemed appropriate.

  • Two (2) letters of support from colleagues or associates.

  • Submit nomination to admin@acen.edu.au by 14 August 2022

Applicants may not self-nominate.

Selection Process 

Honorary Life memberships will be awarded biennially at the discretion of the ACEN Board.

Criteria for assessing applications will include:

  • Evidence of sustained contribution or innovation in WIL of at least 5 years.

  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to advancing national and international knowledge and practice regarding Work Integrated Learning.

  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to the impact of WIL activities at an institutional, state, national or international level.