WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) STUDENT AND STAFF OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2013
From curating an art exhibition, clinical skills sharing at a Thailand nursing college, and managing water resources for a catchment of more than 500,000 people are just some of the exceptional University of Newcastle staff and student experiences highlighted in this year's 4th Annual WIL Awards.
Creating career-ready graduates is a focus of the University of Newcastle and the WIL Awards celebrate the achievements of students and staff who participate in, or help organise practical experience programs that enhance the learning experience.
Recipients of the 4th Annual WIL Student and Staff of the Year Awards were announced on October 31 during a ceremony at the University Gallery. The annual awards ceremony is one of the fun ways of celebrating with industry partners, colleagues, friends and family and a wonderful chance to recognise the innovation, creativity and passion of University staff and students.
Winners were awarded from each faculty - Business and Law, Education and Arts, Engineering and the Built Environment, Health and Medicine and Science and Information Technology - plus divisional staff and postgraduate students categories.
This year, there was a record number of entries proving our staff and students achievements really are something to be celebrated. From international WIL initiatives with global businesses in China, and foreign aid projects in Papua New Guinea, to home-grown industry achievements and a multimedia project on the historical final Newcastle Wool Auction, this year's WIL Student of the Year Awards highlighted some exceptional practical WIL experiences. Winners shared in a $17, 000 prize pool. The WIL Student Video Competition was also announced on the night here for more details.
Keynote speaker on the night was Dr Calvin Smith, Chief Investigator, Office for Learning and Teaching who spoke about the impacts of WIL activities on students' work readiness.
While visiting the University of Newcastle, Dr Smith ran a workshop on the issues facing WIL programmers, with University staff benefitting from his expertise.
To commemorate the importance of our industry partnerships, the University conferred a Hall of Fame award to a WIL host who has significantly contributed to, and benefited from, their participation in the placement activity.
Hunter Water Corporation was named the inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee at the 2013 awards ceremony (seen below).
It is worth noting that four students who undertook placement at Hunter Water received WIL Student of the Year or Highly Commended awards (seen below), which is testament to the corporation's support of the University's WIL initiatives.
See a full list of winners and read their profiles here.
For a digital story of the night, including photo gallery and award highlights, click here.