Associate Lecturer/Lecturer – Work Integrated Learning

University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Reference No. 1763/0815

  • Continuing full-time or part-time (1.4FTE) positions in Work Integrated Learning
  • Contribute to the improvement in quality education for our future health professionals
  • Remuneration package: full-time $79K-$135K p.a including $67K-$114K base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation


ACEN Webinar ‘Work Placements for International Students’

Thursday October 15, 2015 • 11.00 am– 12.30pm (AEST***) 

The webinar leaders are based in Brisbane which does not use Daylight Saving.

***CAUTION: some parts of Australia switch to Daylight Saving Time shortly before this date. Check local times

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. This webinar will provide an overview of initial key findings and resources from the project as well as a forum for participants to discuss opportunities and challenges related to their own contexts.

Dr Georgina Barton is the project lead for the OLT WISP project and an academic from the  School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  Her research and publications are in the areas of teacher education with a focus on the international student experience, creative and reflective practice and thinking, arts and music education, literacies and  multi modalities.

Dr Kay Hartwig is the current Coordinator of Internationalisation for the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She co-leads the WISP project with Dr Barton and has had extensive experience working with international students over the past 15 years. Her research is in the areas of Action Research, music education and teacher education.


APJCEAPJCE special issue –  Work integrated learning: Building capacity

Papers from the Australian Collaborative Education Network Annual Conference 2014

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education publishes peer-reviewed original research, topical issues, and best practice articles from throughout the world dealing with Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Work Integrated Learning/Education (WIL).


ACEN State Chapter completed


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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