In this competitive economic climate it is essential for students to be prepared for life in the workplace. Activities like Work Integrated Learning (WIL) exemplify how the University of Newcastle is achieving excellence in teaching and learning, by providing its students with relevant skills that they need to succeed in their careers and are excited about their future beyond university.
All University of Newcastle students have an opportunity to take part in WIL activities in their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. More than 90 per cent of undergraduate programs include WIL courses, with activities offered by all Faculties across a range of programs. There is a drive to increase WIL activities in non-traditional WIL areas such as like Information Technology and Drama, Fine Arts and Music.
Partnerships formed by WIL are an important element of the University’s NeW Directions planning process and its 2025 vision of working with its community to deliver world-class innovations in education and research. These WIL partnerships also offer the University and its staff a unique opportunity to consult directly with the organisations who hire our graduates and to ensure that its degree programs teach relevant skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a changing world.
WIL is the term used to describe educational activities that integrate theoretical learning with its application in a workplace, profession, career or future employment. WIL should provide a meaningful and relevant experience, and should be recognised through assessment and credit. The WIL experience can be off or on campus, real or simulated, depending on the discipline area, but must involve clearly stated outcomes, assessment and be consistent with quality teaching and learning.
The important measure of WIL in the curriculum is that is meets the University of Newcastle definition of WIL as well as meeting Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relation’s requirements for funding.