Student Success and the IRU VCs’ Fellowship
The Vice-Chancellors of IRU member universities have initiated a fellowship to work on student success programs across the IRU network.
By collaborating on key initiatives and showcasing best practice across the IRU, the fellowship provides an opportunity to impact student and graduate success from the transition to university through to graduation and beyond.
The IRU Vice-Chancellors’ Fellow is normally appointed for a two-year term. Two IRU Vice-Chancellors’ Fellows have been appointed so far: Jessica Vanderlelie between 2016 and 2018; and Amani Bell between 2018 and 2020.
The position of IRU Vice-Chancellors’ Fellow is currently vacant. A new Fellow is expected to be appointed in 2020.
eWIL Pilot – online workplace learning projects
The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group is collaborating with government agencies to scope the potential for students to participate in real projects as part of their work-integrated learning at university.
This pilot project will see students working on live and real eWIL (e-Work Integrated Learning) projects across four government departments:
- Department of Defence
- Department of Finance
- Department of Parliamentary Services
- Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
The students will participate in the projects off-site using an online ‘virtual workplace’. Utilising virtual workplaces in this way will provide opportunities for remote and equity groups to take part in future eWil projects.
Current IRU VCs’ Fellow project
Reimagining Work integrated learning
Work integrated learning (WIL) is a practice that has high impact on students’ learning and employability. This project will explore innovative ways of providing WIL at scale, and investigate models for WIL that are responsive to the changing nature of work.
Work integrated learning webinar series
In 2019, the IRU hosted a WIL webinar series discussing how to maximise the benefits of WIL in Australian universities. You can view the webinar recordings here (use the broken square icon in the bottom right of the video to play in full-screen mode).
Previous IRU VCs’ Fellow projects
Innovative Practice in Action
This collection showcases innovative practices that support student and graduate success across the IRU. The aim of the collection is to disseminate good practice, and provide a mechanism through which to encourage cross-sector collaboration.
Employability - Flinders Horizon Award
Learning analytics - Griffith Subject Level analytics
Data Driven Success
Learning Analytics affords the opportunity to encourage student metacognition and reflection, however for this to occur, learners must have access to information about their learning and be equipped with the skills to understand its meaning and the supports required to seek assistance. Our work will build upon the strong analytic foundations in existence across the IRU, and offer opportunities to collaboratively develop and scale tools that support students and produce quality educational experiences.
Supporting graduate employability goes far beyond preparation for a single graduate job, to encompass the skills and capabilities required for success in the changing industrial landscape. Our work is to develop authentic, employability curricula and opportunities that encourage students to broaden their skills and reflect on their capabilities across the student lifecycle. By creatively, aligning our efforts we will ensure the work readiness of our graduates, whilst maximising opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing across the IRU.
Employability Achievement Records
University-Wide Experience Subjects
IRU Employability Assessment Toolkit
The IRU has worked collaboratively across its seven universities to produce an employability assessment toolkit.
The toolkit will be useful for educators involved in designing assessments that develop students’ employability skills, whether in a stand-alone employability subject or as part of a discipline-based subject.