Accessible work placements support equity and diversity in engineering

University of Technology Sydney | December 05, 2019

Social capital, financial status and personal circumstances can impact engineering work placement experiences, leaving some students at a disadvantage, according to new research led by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Curtin University. The report, funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), recommended universities and industry refine Work Integrated Learning (WIL) practices to better support access, quality and wellbeing for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. WIL is the main umbrella term used in Australia to describe a range of workplace-based educational experiences that contribute to a degree qualification.

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Second year students in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering talk to us about some of the laboratory work they have been doing on their course.

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Second year students in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering talk to us about some of the laboratory work they have been doing on their course.

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GlobalLogic | November 21, 2022

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