Universities Australia research has found that one in three students undertook a work integrated learning experience as part of their studies in 2017. Nearly half of these experiences involved placements, with other involvements including projects, fieldwork and simulations.
The Commonwealth Department of Education is interested to determine the quality assurance arrangements for these activities to inform the Higher Education Standards Panel on the adequacy of the current arrangements. The Department is also looking into the arrangements for higher degree research (HDR) students and engagement with industry.
PhillipsKPA has been commissioned to undertake the research. The project team is keen to engage with employers that have had experience with placements and other work integrated learning arrangements. They are also interested in any barriers that might prevent employers from participating.
They would like to discuss the nature of the relationship they have with the higher education provider and what, if any support has been provided; the arrangements for student supervision and assessment; barriers and opportunities for expanding the experiences; student welfare and safety; and ongoing relationships with graduates.
They have collected information from higher education providers on their quality assurance arrangements and are consulting to find out how these arrangements operate in practice.
They would also like to hear from any employers that have specific experience in hosting PhD students.