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WIL Lighthouse Projects

The ACDS is calling for expressions of interest for a new initiative to develop work-integrated learning in science and mathematics.

ACDS WIL in Science Lighthouse Projects are action-learning projects designed to establish visible WIL organisation and leadership in science-based faculties. Along with their immediate benefit for participating organisations, these projects will generate peer-to-peer learning for partner Science organisations and the sector.

Projects will attract up to $10000 from the ACDS’s WIL in Science project to be matched with institutional or Faculty funding to create a total project pool of up to $20000 cash.  The WIL in Science Lighthouse projects are funded through the WIL in Science grant provided by the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Proposals for projects will gain an advantage if they include elements such as actions to generate industry collaboration, concrete WIL activities for students, an evaluation framework, and a longer term commitment to the growth of WIL in their faculty.

Faculty teams wishing to express interest are encouraged to attend the upcoming WIL in Science Forum (December 11th) before submitting a proposal.

Expressions of interest are due to the ACDS TL Centre by February 1, 2016 (email details to follow).  More information on expressions of interest and application details are available here.

WIL in Science National Forum

The ACDS will launch its new WIL in Science network on Dec 11th in Melbourne at the inaugural WIL in Science National Forum.  The Network will bring together leaders in work-integrated learning from Science Faculties from Australian universities to join an ongoing program of peer learning and sharing of good practice.  The WIL in Science network aims to help science faculties to embed work-integrated learning and increase student employability.

The WIL in Science National Forum features keynote speakers from government, industry and universities.  Its themes are:

  • WIL in Science: What does work-integrated learning look like in science and mathematics now?
  • The employment landscape: How do employers want to interact with universities? Where are the jobs of the future?
  • Models for WIL in university degrees: What can WIL in Science look like?
  • Leadership and organization: What do Faculties need to do to improve WIL uptake? What will help them succeed?

Science Faculties are invited to nominate 2 or 3 leaders responsible for the development and/or delivery of WIL programs in science or mathematics, as delegates to the Forum and members of the new network.

Details of the Dean’s nominees should be sent to []  (name, email, dietary requirements). No registration fee; numbers are limited but we will attempt to include all interested stakeholders.

ACDS Receives $150,000 grant for Work Integrated Learning

The Office of the Chief Scientist has provided a $150,000 grant to the ACDS to establish a national network supporting work integrated learning in science faculties and schools.

A call for co-funded lighthouse projects will go out in late August and a national forum will be held on December 11th at the Park Royal Hotel at Melbourne Airport.

The grant was announced on July 16th at the ACDS Teaching and Learning Conference in Brisbane . More information about the proposed program can be found here.


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