WIL Awards 2014
From dissecting cadavers in the University's anatomy laboratory, teaching Indonesian children dental health, raising Indigenous awareness in the workplace, overcoming a crippling lack of resources to deliver obstetrics help in Nepal and coordinating multi-million dollar infrastructure projects, this year's University of Newcastle staff and student WIL Awards highlighted some exceptional WIL activities undertaken by University of Newcastle staff and students.
Celebrating the 5th Annual WIL Awards ceremony on October 30 at the University Gallery, this year's event further cemented the University as a leading force in the production of WIL-based learning and experiences nationally. The annual event is a great chance for industry partners, colleagues, family and students to get together and celebrate and 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 and shared $11,000 in prize money.
The WIL Student Video Competition was also announced on the night and highlighted some exceptional practical WIL experiences from traditional industry placements to unique and creative views on placements within the social work and humanities fields.
Keynote speaker on the night was Ms Judie Kay, President of Australian Collaborative Education Network and RMIT educator who spoke about the importance of WIL on a national and international stage.
While visiting the University of Newcastle, Ms Kay made herself available for a "Meet the Keynote" WIL Community of Practice function where she touched base with staff and discussed WIL issues and activities run out of Newcastle, with University staff benefiting from her expertise.
2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
To commemorate the importance of our industry partnerships, the University conferred its second annual a Hall of Fame award to a WIL host who has significantly contributed to, and benefited from, their participation in the placement activity. Hunter Imaging Group was named the Hall of Fame Inductee at the 2014 awards ceremony.
Newcastle and the Hunter's largest provider of diagnostic medical imaging services, the group has been very generous with the provision of clinical experience.
In 2014 alone, 45 students will complete professional placements there. Currently, 132 University graduates are employed as radiographers and nuclear medicine technicians.
Hands on @ UON
This year also saw the launch of the inaugural 'University of Newcastle 'Hands on @UON' WIL publication which is a celebration of the significant contribution our students and partners make to the success of WIL.
This coincided with the launch of an exhibition Hands On: A Photo Essay by Bachelor of Fine Arts student, Mathew Glover. The exhibition was shot as part of a WIL project over five months and celebrates not only Mathew's creative talents, but the wonderful WIL activities undertaken at the University.
The images created by Mathew are showcased in the 'Hands on @ UON' publication and provide an authentic and creative student perspective of WIL at UON. He has photographed dental students, architecture students, health students and fine art students undertaking their job training in creative and visual ways, and the result is a dynamic suite of images.
For a complete list of winners and their stories, see the 2014 WIL Awards booklet.