ACEN Board 2015-16


ACEN Board members at a face-to face meeting, RMIT University, October 2015. l. to r. Michael Whelan, Rachael Hains-Wesson, Annabelle Willox, Don MacDowall (Admin), Judie Kay, John McPhee, Sonia Ferns, Alan Backman, Ceri Macleod Wayne Fallon. Not present: Jude Smith.

Annual General Meeting

At the 2015 AGM Friederika Kaider, Deakin University and Freny Tayebjee, Western Sydney University, retired from the ACEN Board and were thanked for their service. Freny has been with ACEN since the beginning! Rachael Hains-Wesson and Wayne Fallon joined the Board as chapter representatives.

Read the President’s report.

wil-in-stemACEN Webinar – ‘WIL in STEM Disciplines’

Thursday November 19, 2015
11.00 am–12.30pm (AEST), 12 noon – 1.30pm (AEDT Daylight saving)

Drawing  on comprehensive research undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research, this webinar considers WIL practices that improve workplace experiences for university students in Sciences, ICT and Agriculture fields and Engineering.

Presenters: Dr Daniel Edwards, Principal Research Fellow, leading the Tertiary Education research program at the Australian Council for Educational Research; Professor John Rice, Executive Director, Australian Council of Deans of Science; Dr Roslyn Prinsley (TBC), National Adviser, Mathematics and Science Education and Industry and advises the Chief Scientist on all matters related to STEM education.


WIL Africa – November 2015 – Johannesburg

WIL Africa will be Africa’s premier event focussing on Work-Integrated Learning partnerships between industry and educational institutions and all forms of learning and training in the workplace.

Inaugural WIL Africa 23-25 November 2015 at the University of Johannesburg.


Planning Institute for High Impact Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (CWIE)

December 1-4, 2015 – Phuket, Thailand

This three-day, full immersion programme is aimed for CWIE teams of administrators, faculty, and staff who want to plan and implement a high impact cooperative and work-integrated education programme at their institutions. The five key modules in the programme will be delivered through a unique combination of lectures from international expert faculty, case studies, facilitated plan development, and sustained interaction with faculty and other participants.

The event is presented by Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), in collaboration with Thai Association for Cooperative Education (TACE), World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (WACE), and WACE-ISO@SUT,


SM-scholarship-medical-practiceWhen students do WIL in remote locations

The 2015 ACEN Student Scholarship provided financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their university studies. One of the conditions of the scholarships was to provide a reflection of the WIL experience.

Here are some of the reflections.


ACEN Webinar ‘Work Placements for International Students’

View the webinar recording

See the PowerPoint presentation and handouts

The Work Placements for International Student Programs (WISP) project is an OLT funded project that aims to improve workplace experiences for international students across a range of disciplines including Business, Education, Engineering and Health.

More about the webinar and assistance

Building better WIL agreements


In response to the National WIL Strategy, ACEN is funding a project to develop Agreement Templates which incorporate the key elements of a legal contract to ensure the safety and well-being of students while on a WIL placement and clarify the role of the host organization and university. The project entails researching, collating and creating agreement templates for Work Integrated Learning. ACEN is seeking support from the ACEN Community in collecting samples of agreements currently used to formalize partnerships with industry and community.

Please forward examples of agreement templates to ACEN at Your support will be acknowledged.

draft-nat-education-strategy-coverACEN Response to Draft National Strategy for International Education

The ACEN Board has submitted a response to the Draft National Strategy for International Education. As has been clear for some time, strategies to enable international students enhanced access to WIL is urgently needed. The ACEN Board is pleased that the Federal government is stressing the importance of WIL in the International student experience.

Draft Strategy

ACEN response

‘To give is to receive: true service-learning’

ND2Service-learning-Conference27-28 November 2015

The conference aims to showcase student service-learning projects and will focus on how these experiences have impacted on the students’ personal development and perhaps the lives of others.

You will also find out about the latest research and logistics of organising service-learning programs.

Combined with opportunities to network with fellow educators and share your experiences, we can work together to build school cultures of service learning.

Special guests ‘How Ridiculous’ on overcoming child poverty.

Register now:

More: Dr Glenda Cain Ph 08 9433 0174 or Associate Professor Shane Lavery  Ph 08 9433 0173

strategylogosUniversity and business leaders announce a comprehensive national WIL strategy

A National WIL Strategy has been developed by ACEN in collaboration with Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), Australian Industry Group (AIG ) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and has been released in Canberra at the Universities Australia conference. The strategy has been developed over the last 12 months after the signing of the Statement of intent last February. It provides a comprehensive national strategy to enhance and grow WIL in Australia.

The strategy focuses on approaches and actions based on findings from key research projects and is underpinned by strategies to strengthen partnerships between Universities and industry.

The ACEN board has been very involved in the development of the strategy and the ACEN Board has decided to align key initiatives for 2015 with this strategy.

National WIL Strategy (PDF)

WIL Statement of intent (PDF)

Media release (PDF)

Hear Belinda Robertson, Universities Australia on ABC RN Breakfast today, March 11 – second part of the interview

Daily Telegraph

Manufacturers’ Monthly

Access, participation and progression in WILEnhance access, participation and progression in WIL

‘Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in work integrated learning’ is an Office for Learning and Teaching project.

Successful WIL activities offer many benefits to students and can contribute to a sustainable workforce for future economic growth. Yet some students face barriers in gaining access to full engagement with such activities. The aim of this project is to translate inclusive education principles into the WIL context in order to improve student access, participation and progression. The project uses a strategic approach across four levels: principles, policies, guidelines, and processes to support students from diverse backgrounds in the disciplines of built environment, business and health.

More information and/or to make a contribution to the project

WIL-leadership-logoThe WIL Leadership Framework

The WIL Leadership Framework represents a multi-layered description of the capabilities employed by WIL leaders. These WIL capabilities have been integrated into five WIL leadership domains:

  • Shaping the WIL vision
  • Creating and sustaining WIL relationships
  • Fostering WIL engagement, expertise and student learning
  • Communicating and influencing WIL
  • Driving organisational and joint industry/university WIL outcomes

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Leadership Framework was an Office for Learning and Teaching project, Leading WIL: A distributed approach to enhance Work Integrated Learning.

The goal of the project was to develop:

  • a better understanding of the characteristics of WIL and WIL leadership needs in Australia framed within a context of distributed leadership;
  • strategies to build the capabilities and capacities that are needed by WIL leaders.

See the project website


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