From dissecting cadaver’s 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 WIL Student and Staff of the Year Awards highlighted some exceptional Work-Integrated Learning activities.
“This year’s student and staff winners are an exceptional group whose innovation and dedication to WIL is part of the reason that the University continues to shine on a national and international stage in regards to placement activity and opportunities,” Careers and Student Development (WIL) Coordinator, Dr Kylie Twyford said.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is highly valued by students at UON. It prepares them to be career-ready and provides them with a competitive advantage in the employment marketplace.
Bachelor of Science student, Declan Clausen, received the WIL Student of the Year Award for the Faculty of Science & IT. Declan has completed 2,800 hours of authentic work placement at Hunter Water as an Industry Scholar since 2011 and was employed full time since 2013. His WIL activities also include Engineers Without Borders (Dialogues of Development tour of the Murray Darling Basin) and an AsiaAbroad scholarship which was completed in Indonesia.
“Undertaking industrial placement at Hunter Water has enabled me to solidify my learnings from the lecture theatre and implement them in the real world,” Declan says. “It has been invaluable experience enabling me to grow as a professional. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Hunter Water provided, particularly in being able to take part in a variety of projects from multi-million dollar development, to scientific research studies, and developing relationships with key stakeholders. I have been given the opportunity to take part in a great diversity of work.”
To read the full list of winners and view the winning video competition entries visit the WIL website.