ISANA shortlisted as a finalist – The PIEoneer Awards

We are excited to announce that ISANA International Education Association Inc has been shortlisted as a finalist in The PIEoneer Awards 2019 in two categories!

  1. Association of the year
  2. Student support award (for ‘Be You Be Seen’: Project managed by VIC/TAS Branch)

Launched in 2017, The PIEoneer Awards are the only global awards that celebrate innovation and achievement across the whole of the international education industry.

With a distinguished judging panel representing geographical and professional diversity, The PIEoneer Awards recognise both individuals and organisations who are pushing professional standards, evolving their engagement or redefining the international student experience.

All the finalists are now on the PIEoneer Award’s website and winners will be announced on Thursday 19th September at London’s historic Guildhall.

We will be sure to keep you posted!

From ACEN: Seeking authors, theories, practices, research.

‘Theories, Practices and Research in Work-integrated learning in Australia:
Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future’

Seeking authors

ACEN is seeking Expressions of Interest from authors to write a chapter for the publication Theories, Practices and Research in Work-integrated learning in Australia: Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future(edited by Sonia Ferns, Anna Rowe and Karsten Zegwaard).

The book is a peer-reviewed collection of scholarly chapters from researchers, practitioners and experts in WIL. All chapters must be informed by the latest cutting-edge research and written in language accessible to a wide audience.

Objectives

The objectives of this publication are to:

  • reflect on the work done so far;
  • critically discuss leading views of the area; and
  • make recommendations to guide future research and practice.

The publication aims to:

  • raise the profile of WIL;
  • review, critique and integrate existing research and scholarship; and
  • offer recommendations for future work.

Key themes include diversity, sustainability, innovation, economic well-being and employability.

You can contribute

To contribute to the book, please submit an Expression of Interest here by 31 May 2019.

Expressions of Interest will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Author/s commitment to, and experience in WIL.
  • Focus, cohesiveness and sequence of narrative.
  • Advances WIL research and scholarship.
  • Proposes a clear framework.
  • Aligns with the aim of the book.
  • Writing is of a high academic standard.
  • Informs future directions of WIL.

#Isana30years

lSANA would like to thank Life Member Dr Gavin Sanderson for sending in the attached newsletter from 1997; Gavin was in charge of ISANA National Communications at the time.
You will find the Asparagus Soup recipe inside along with much, much more!


If you have any memories you would like to share with us please visit the ISANA website for more information on how to do so.

Media Release in response to ABC Four Corners report about International Students. 07/05/19

The recent episode on Four Corners highlights the importance of international education for Australia’s education sector.

It is critical that all stakeholders adhere and comply with the national standards. The integrity and quality of the sector must be maintained.

The student experience benefits from an acknowledgement that we all have an important role.
ISANA members are concerned that while Australian institutions continue to accept increasing numbers of international students the support services for these students are not also increasing.
International students bring their own special and different academic, social, economic and cultural needs.

The benefits that international students bring to an institution should be reflected by increased and improved welfare and academic support services. This is an important and critical responsibility.
At the same time, staff working in international student services and support indicate that they have difficulty accessing appropriate professional development. Any institution benefiting from enrolling international students should also invest in its staff members who support those students.
ISANA supports any conversation that leads to improved welfare and academic support services for international students who have chosen Australia.

Please contact president@ISANA.org.au for any media enquiries.

Sydney: NSW Health Student Focus Groups

Sydney: NSW Health Student Focus Groups

Are you on a student visa, aged 16 years or older and studying in Sydney?

We want to hear your thoughts and experiences of sexual and reproductive health information and services by participating in FocusGroup Discussion on 25 May 2019 or 1 June 2019 at 11am – 1pm.

Please click the link to register your interest here

Lunch will be provided and you will also receive a $40 gift card for your participation.

All personal information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please also feel free to share this event your social media or with other International Students who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007

NSW: My Legal Mate – App for international students

From Redfern Legal Centre:

Redfern Legal Centre have been funded and supported by Study NSW, the City of Sydney and the Fair Work Ombudsman to develop a groundbreaking new mobile app offering multilingual legal advice to international students studying in NSW.

The product was launched last month at the Lord Mayor’s Welcome for overseas students at Sydney Town Hall.

You can see an introductory demo video here: https://rlc.org.au/article/my-legal-mate-putting-law-students’-pockets

Redfern Legal Centre provides a free statewide legal advice service for international students funded by Study NSW, and City of Sydney and we can see about 600 students per annum. However we know that up to 40% of NSW’s 260,000 international students will experience some form of legal issue during their study – impacting welfare, retention and offshore reputation. These issues are most commonly around employment, housing, disputes with education providers and sexual assault. Many of these students issues would be mitigated or avoided if students had access to better information in real time.

With our technology partner edtech company Practera, we have developed MyLegal Mate – a first of its kind interactive app, with video streams providing students with instant access to customised legal information, delivered in ‘face to face’ question and answer format in English and six other languages. We are offering the app to education providers on an annual non-profit subscription basis, allowing any student to access the information free-of-charge. Any revenue beyond operating costs will be re-invested in direct legal service delivery to international students. The Practera platform is already used by a number of NSW Universities.

This is an innovative way to ensure international students can get instant access to tailored legal information and be empowered to take greater control if problems occur. By downloading the app on enrolment, international students will be armed with information about their rights before they start their course, with the ultimate aim of preventing issues arising while they are in Australia.

Contact for more info:

Redfern Legal Centre | 73 Pitt St. Redfern NSW 2016

p. 02 9698 7277

Results from #Ausgov international student survey 2018

2018 International Student Survey

Every two years since 2010, the Australian Government has funded a national survey of international students across Australia’s major education sectors. The 2018 survey is the biggest so far, with over 80,000 international students participating.

The main 2018 survey covers students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, English language institutions and international students in secondary school. The survey found 89 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their living and learning experience in Australia.

More here https://internationaleducation.gov.au/research/pages/data-and-research.aspx

Survey for Education Providers – Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness

Survey for Education Providers – Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness

This survey aims to build a better understanding of current sexual and reproductive health awareness and practices among education providers, organisations and agents providing services to international students.

This includes the frequency, type of information, services and resources used, as well as ways to improve information and services.

Participation involves completing a 15-20 minute online survey. You do not need to provide any identifying details.

All information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please click on the link here for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.

Please feel free to share this post with people who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007

NSW: Survey for International Students

NSW: Survey for International Students

We invite you to promote the following survey to your international students who are over 16 yo.

Are you on a student visa, aged 16 years or older and studying in Sydney? We want to hear your thoughts and experiences of sexual and reproductive health information and services by participating in a survey (available in several languages which involves completing a 15 minute online survey.

Please click the link to access the online survey in your preferred language: English, Nepali, Bahasa, Traditional Chineseand Simplified Chinese.

All personal information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please also feel free to share this post or the attached flier on your wall, or with other international students who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007. The survey will be open from 4 April until 1 May 2019.

2019 ACEN Research Grants

 

2019 ACEN Research Grants

In 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers.*

*To be eligible for an Early Career Researcher (ECR) grant the project must be led by an ECR. An ECR is an emerging researcher who is at an early stage of their academic career. Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within 8 years. The grants are open to both academic and professional staff.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.
• Innovative and scalable WIL models
• WIL and global mobility
• Leadership in WIL
• Digital technology enabling WIL
• Building learner agency and professional identity through WIL
• WIL practices supporting diverse learners

Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:
• build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree research students to undertake research into WIL
• promote and support scholarship in WIL
• develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs
• leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research and the sharing of WIL resources.

Funding and Reporting Requirements

These research grants are valued at a maximum of $10,000 plus GST for each full Research Grant and $5,000 plus GST for ECR grants. The projects should be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project on provision of an invoice from the institution. Any unspent funds must be returned to ACEN at the end of the project.
At the conclusion of the project successful applicants will be required to complete a project report which will be published to the ACEN website and to submit a statutory declaration detailing how funds were spent.
• The grants are available to professional or academic staff of institutions with ACEN Full Institutional Membership.
• The grants are not available to members of the ACEN Board.
• Applications that include industry or community organization partners are encouraged.

Application Requirements

The application must be provided as a Word document and not exceed five pages and may be addressed to the ‘ACEN Research Chair’.
Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Whether you are applying for a full Research Grant of $10,000 or an Early Career Researchers Grant of $5,000
  2. Title of Project
  3. Identification of the relevant theme to the project (see above)
  4. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words)
  5. Project Lead/s contact details and short relevant bio (100 words max). Note applications for ECR research grants must be led by an ECR.
  6. Names of other people, institutions and organisations (if applicable) involved in the project
  7. How the project is consistent with vision, mission and aims of ACEN and how it will build on existing research and scholarship in work integrated learning
  8. Aims of the project
  9. Expected Outcomes
  10. Research methodology
  11. Impact of the project and significance to higher education (for example: expected impact on stakeholders, future practice and policy)
  12. Dissemination plan
  13. Overview of project phases and timeline
  14. Project budget
  15. If projects involve creating a website, the project must make clear how the website is to be maintained for up to five years.

Examples of allowable budget expenses include personnel plus on-costs (clerical support, student assistance, etc.), postage, printing, photocopying, travel for conference presentation, telephone and fax costs, and office supplies. Items must be directly related to achieving the research project.

Examples of non-allowable budget expenses include salary for the applicant, indirect institutional expenses, institutional overheads, permanent equipment and capital purchases.

letter of endorsement from the first named project lead’s line manager must accompany the application. This endorsement indicates support for the project and a willingness to provide time for the project to be undertaken. The letter of endorsement should be attached to the same email as the application.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to:
• arrange ethics approval
• involve other ACEN members in the process, especially early career researchers, where possible
• meet negotiated timelines and ACEN reporting deadlines
• present on findings at an ACEN event including webinars
• leverage dissemination opportunities to share good practice including a refereed publication
• ensure that any resources developed through the project are designed with a view that these are made available for use by the ACEN community and where appropriate a Creative Commons License such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International is applied to these resources
• any publications and resources developed through the project should acknowledge the contribution of ACEN to the project
• provide details of the refereed publication (when available) to ACEN National Board for dissemination.

Selection Process

The project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:
• significance to one or more of the research grant themes
• quality of the design
• potential impact and transferability of project outcomes
• capacity of the project to deliver proposed outcomes
• involvement of early career researchers (this will be viewed favourably for projects applying for full research grants)

Closing date

Applications must be sent to admin@acen.edu.au by 5pm AEST on Thursday May 2, 2019

Enquiries

admin@acen.edu.au

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