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WACE European ISO and Edinburgh Napier University are pleased to invite you to a European Work Integrated Learning (WIL) event:

Co-Educating for the Future: Opportunities and Challenges of Work-Integrated Education


In Scotland and the UK, Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs) have been hailed as a new model to provide degree-level education for people already in employment or looking to go directly into work after school.  GAs enable employers to invest in staff, and achieve a return on that investment in terms of the development of skills and capabilities aligned to business needs.  For universities, GAs have provided an opportunity to re-design degree programmes, delivery models, and assessment approaches, based upon workplace application of curricula. 

This event ‘steps back’ and ‘looks forward’ to examine the current level of knowledge around GAs, and places this in a wider context with regard to mature models of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) across and beyond continental Europe.  The overall objective is to build a shared understanding of how best to manage the development of work-based and work-integrated learning, to achieve maximum benefit for students, employers and universities.

The aims are to:

  • Position the Scottish experience of GAs in a wider context
  • Assess possible trajectories and factors enabling or inhibiting growth of WIL
  • Aid the development of sustainable approaches to the provision of work-based and work-integrated programmes, with a focus on quality assurance


The first day uses a ‘conference’ format, with keynote presentations exploring challenges and opportunities in building successful models, quality assurance, and scalability for growth, culminating in a panel discussion around synergies for university-business collaboration. 

The second day is seminar-based, structured around participative workshops drawing upon short case descriptions, which participants will be asked to prepare beforehand. ‘Seminar’ is derived from ‘plant a seed’, and this event aims to allow participants to step back from specific personal and institutional experiences, and place these against wider theoretical and practical approaches. 

Who Should Attend

The event is aimed at those working with university - business alliances, Work Integrated Learning/Education (WIL/WIE), Work-Based Learning or Life Long Learning in any way.

It will be of value to educators, researchers, doctoral students, and business professionals working in companies involved in university collaborations. 

Dates and Times

The event starts at 13:00 pm on Thursday the 10th of May 2018, and concludes at 14:30 pm on Friday the 11th of May 2018.

Link to Registration:



About Edinburgh Napier University and the City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Napier is a young University with a strong reputation for applied vocational education and research.  The University was rated top in the UK for adding value to students by the Guardian University Guide 2017, and received five stars for teaching, employability and internationalisation from the prestigious QS Stars rankings.  The host is the Centre for Computing Education Research (CCER) at the School of Computing, one of the University’s six academic Schools and one of the largest computing department of any Scottish university.  The venue is Merchiston Campus, built around John Napier’s historic 16th century tower house, and conveniently located for visitors to the city.

The City of Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital, and arguably its festival, business and cultural capital also.  The city boasts some of the most recognisable landmarks and vistas in the world, from the Castle and the historic Old Town to the classical architecture of its Georgian New Town.  We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh!