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Deakin University is an Australian public university with approximately 53,000 higher education students in 2016. Established in 1974, the University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement, chief architect of the White Australia policy, and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. Its main campuses are in Melbourne's Burwood suburb, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool, as well as the online Cloud Campus. Deakin also has learning centres in Dandenong, Craigieburn and Werribee, all in the state of Victoria. It was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. Deakin is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities. 89% of Deakin's research is rated at or above world class. Its combined research funding increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$47.2 million in 2015.
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Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. Deakin was Victoria's fourth university, the first to be established in regional Victoria and the first to specialise in distance education.
Deakin University's first campus was established at Waurn Ponds. The University was the result of a merger between State College of Victoria, Geelong (formerly Geelong Teachers College) and the higher education courses of the Gordon Institute of Technology. Deakin enrolled its first students at Waurn Ponds in 1977.
The Burwood campus is on the site of the former Burwood Teachers' College, and also takes in the former sites of the Bennettswood Primary School and the Burwood Secondary School. The teachers' college conducted two-year training courses for Primary School teachers, and three year courses for Infant Teachers (females only). It provided live-on-site accommodation for country students.
As part of the Dawkins education reforms that were announced in 1988 by the Commonwealth government, a merger with Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education took place in 1990, which was followed by a merger with most of Victoria College in 1991, with its campuses in Burwood, Rusden and Toorak.
The Rusden Campus was closed in 2003 and all courses were transferred to the Melbourne Burwood campus. Rusden was subsequently acquired by Monash University for its student accommodation purposes.
The former Toorak Campus, located in Malvern, was offered for sale in 2006 as the University considered the campus surplus to its requirements. The courses and resources were relocated to the Melbourne Burwood campus in November 2007. As a Deakin campus, it was home to the Deakin Business School, Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI), and the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, which have since relocated to the International Centre and Business Building at the Melbourne Burwood campus..
The main building on the site was the 116-year-old historic Stonnington Mansion The sale of Stonnington Mansion by Deakin provoked public outrage as it involved the mansion which was at risk of redevelopment by property developers. The Stonnington Stables art gallery and the University's contemporary art collection were located here, but has since relocated to the Deakin University Art Gallery at the Melbourne Burwood campus. The University's action of offering the campus, including the mansion, provoked public outrage over the potential privatization of what had been public space. In December 2006, the three-mansion was sold for $33 million to a joint venture between Hamton Property Group and Industry Superannuation Property Trust.
The Deakin University Council is the governing body of the University and is chaired by the Chancellor, John Stanhope AM. Council is responsible for the general direction and oversight of the University and is publicly accountable for the University's actions.
The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and is responsible to Council. Professor Jane den Hollander is Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University and is Deakin's 6th Vice-Chancellor. Professor den Hollander is a cellular biologist turned university administrator and was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia.
The University is divided into four faculties, covering arts and education, business and law, health, and science, engineering and built environment. Within the Faculty of Arts and Education the three schools cover education, social sciences, humanities, communication and the creative arts. The Institute of Koorie Education also falls under the Faculty of Arts and Education. The Faculty of Health has the School of Medicine, along with schools covering nursing and midwifery, exercise and nutrition sciences, psychology, and incorporates subjects such as occupational therapy, social work, and health economics into the School of Health and Social Development. The Deakin University School of Law and the Deakin Business School both fall under the Faculty of Business and Law, and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment encompasses architecture, information technology, engineering, and life and environmental sciences.
The University has four research institutes: Alfred Deakin Institute, Institute for Frontier Materials, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. Along with the research institutes, there are 13 strategic research centres:
- Deakin Motion.Lab – Centre for Creative Arts Research
- Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment
- Centre for Integrative Ecology
- Centre for Sport Research
- Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology
- Centre for Cyber Security Research
- Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research
- Centre for Regional and Rural Futures
- Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics
- Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre for Molecular and Medical Research
- Research for Educational Impact
Melbourne Burwood CampusEdit
The University's largest campus is in Burwood ( about 45 minutes by tram ( ),route 75) from the Melbourne CBD. Located alongside Gardiner's Creek parklands between Elgar Road on the north-west border and Mount Scopus Memorial College on the east border, it has had a number of new multi-story buildings constructed in recent years. The campus has around 27,700 (2017) undergraduate and postgraduate on-campus students pursuing courses in arts, business, education, environment, health sciences, information technology, law, management, media and communication, nursing and midwifery, psychology, public health and health promotion, science, sport and visual, performing and creative arts.
Facilities at the Melbourne Burwood campus include multi-story car parks, the Deakin University Art Gallery, Deakin Motion.Lab – motion capture facility, a purpose-built gymnasium and sports hall, cafes, food outlets and a bar, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Centre, bookshop, a refurbished Library, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on-site security, medical centre and counselling services and multi-faith prayer rooms. The campus provides single room on-campus accommodation for 600 students in a mixed gender and multicultural environment.
Geelong Waterfront CampusEdit
The Geelong Waterfront Campus ( is Deakin's newest campus, located on )Corio Bay, in the central business district of Geelong. Originally built as the Dalgety's Woolstores in 1893, the buildings have been extensively renovated to create a modern campus centre, whilst retaining most of the original internal elements.
More than 4,500 (2017) students are based at the Geelong Waterfront Campus, which hosts the schools of Architecture and Built Environment, Health and Social Development, Psychology, and Nursing and Midwifery, as well as the Faculty of Business and Law.
Services and facilities include a 320-seat lecture theatre, cafe, Library, bookshop, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on site security, medical centre and counselling services, multi-faith prayer rooms, Computer Aided Design (CAD) laboratories, a purpose built occupational therapy laboratory and design studios.
A $37 million redevelopment of the Dennys Lascelles Building has increased the capacity of this campus, allowing the University to provide an expanded range of courses. The building houses the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library and the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, an interdisciplinary teaching and research centre covering political science, public policy and governance, international relations, globalisation, journalism and communications.
Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusEdit
The original campus of Deakin University (Coordinates: ) is located in the regional city of Geelong in the suburb of Waurn Ponds, 72 kilometres south west of Melbourne. The campus, serviced by the Princes Highway and the Geelong Ring Road, is approximately 5 kilometres from the Geelong Central Business District and is in close proximity to Bells Beach and the Great Ocean Road. It has a student population of more than 7,100 (2017) pursuing courses in arts, education, engineering, management, media and communication, medicine, health sciences, information technology, psychology and science.
Services and facilities include the Elite Regional Sports Precinct, a fitness club and sports hall, tennis courts, walking/running track and sporting fields (cricket, football, soccer, gridiron, archery, golf driving range), library, bookshop, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on-site security, medical centre and counselling services, multi-faith prayer rooms and cafe and food outlets. The campus is home to the Geelong Technology Precinct, which provides research and development capabilities and opportunities for university–industry partnerships and new enterprises in the region. The Elite Sports Precinct is used as an alternate training facility by the Geelong Football Club.
The Waurn Ponds Deakin Residence houses 800 students in shared dorms, shared units, town houses and studio apartments. The residence is made up of Alfred Deakin College, Barton College, and Parkes College.
The Deakin Medical School opened in 2008 and is the first rural and regional medical school in Victoria. Deakin's Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery MBBS is a four-year, graduate-entry program which prepares students for practice in a range of health care settings.
The Warrnambool Campus ( is situated on the banks of the Hopkins River in the coastal city of )Warrnambool, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions in close proximity to the Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles. The 94 hectare site is approximately five kilometres from the Warrnambool CBD, serviced by the Princes Highway and by its own railway station, and bus services from Melbourne and Geelong, as well as locally in Warrnambool between the campus and the city.
There is an on-campus student population of more than 1,000 (2017) pursuing courses in arts, business, education, environment, health sciences, law, management, marine biology, nursing and psychology.
On-campus facilities include a comprehensive Library, fitness club, basketball, netball and tennis courts and a golf course, medical centre and counselling services, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on-site security, cafe, bookshop and multi-faith prayer rooms. The campus has 25 accommodation units with between four and 21 bedrooms per unit, providing on-campus accommodation for 240 students in a mixed gender and multicultural environment.
In addition, Deakin University has opened a brand new high quality 102-bed studio apartment complex in Warrnambool. The apartments will be fully furnished, self-contained and self-catered, with an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette in each studio.
Deakin University is a major provider of academic programs by distance education. Deakin has the following study modes available to students:
- campus (previously on campus) – the dominant mode of unit delivery is through attendance at classes or seminars at a Deakin campus, centre, affiliated industry or other physical site. Students also access some learning experiences and resources in the University's online environment.
- cloud (previously off-campus) – the dominant mode of unit delivery is by accessing learning experiences and resources in the University's online environment. Students may also access some face-to-face learning experiences at a physical site.
Many full-time and part-time students are able to tailor their courses to meet their needs and circumstances. There are more than 12,700 students enrolled at Deakin's Cloud Campus. Students enrolled in cloud units study the same units as campus students except instead of attending classes, they receive course and study materials online. Many courses have a residential component, which provides opportunities for face-to-face networking with other students and staff.
Deakin University Student AssociationEdit
The Deakin University Student Association (DUSA)] is the dominant student representative organisation operating across all campuses and courses. As well as representation, DUSA provides a range of services and benefits to members, and coordinates all other clubs and societies operating on campus. There is a wide range of groups/clubs for students to join and these groups vary from campus to campus
89% of Deakin research was rated at or above world standard in the 2015 ERA ratings, a quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities.
The Australian Research Council awarded Deakin University 5 Linkage Projects in the 2016 ARC Linkage Programme rounds, and 3 Linkage Grants in its 2013 allocations. In its 2010 allocations, the Australian Research Council awarded Deakin 13 Discovery and 10 Linkage Round 1 awards. Deakin was also one of only six universities to be awarded funding for an ITTC, and received 100% of the amount requested.
Deakin received the highest rating possible for its research in Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Materials Engineering, Human Movement and Sports Science, Medical Microbiology, Neurosciences, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medical Physiology. The University's research was also found to be above world standards in Engineering and Medical and Health Sciences Clusters, Analytical Chemistry, Fisheries Sciences, Manufacturing Engineering, Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine, Pharmacology, Nursing, Commercial Services and Curatorial Studies.
It has developed meaningful, reciprocal research and educational partnerships in India with the official opening of the Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI) in Hyderabad and TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in Gurugramm, and more than 50 other Indian research partners.
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In 2016, Deakin ranked third-equal in Australia for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education index.
In 2015, the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranked Deakin University 45th in the World among the top Universities under 50 years old.
In 2009, 2013 and 2015 the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) awarded Deakin's Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (International) courses the maximum score of five stars, placing them in the top rank of Australia's MBA courses.
Since 2016, Deakin has been ranked in the top 2% of the world's universities in the Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.
Awards and achievementsEdit
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Deakin has won the Australian University of the Year award twice. The first award came in 1995–1996 for "Outstanding Technology in Education" in which the then Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating presented Deakin with the award and commended it on its success despite its lack of "sandstones" referring to its short period of existence as a university.
On 25 August 1999, Deakin tied with the University of Wollongong to win the 1999–2000 prize. Deakin's success was for its "Outstanding Education and Training Partnerships". In presenting the award, the Federal Treasurer Peter Costello commended Deakin and Wollongong in stating: "These are two great institutions. They are the best of the best at what they do".
Other academic awards and high rankings by various independent research organisations, include:
- Top 2 per cent of the world's universities in each of the three major rankings (Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Quacquarelli Symonds)
- 5-star rated university, awarded by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)
- Awarded Oceania Regional prize in the QS Wharton Stars Reimagine Education awards for innovative Higher Education pedagogies in 2014
- Sector leader for student satisfaction, first in Victoria for six consecutive years (Australian Graduate Survey 2011–2016)
Five of Deakin's researchers have been included in the Thomson Reuters annual listing of researchers most cited in academic journals, ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in their field. The listed researchers are: Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford, Jo Salmon, Kylie Ball and Associate Professor Anna Timperio, all from Deakin's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), and Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT).
Reports of on-campus sexual assault and harassmentEdit
Between 2011 and 2016 the university reported there were 40 officially cases of sexual abuse and harassment on campus, resulting in 12 staff members being disciplined or sacked for sexual misconduct and no student expulsions or suspensions. The 2017 Australian Human Rights Commission report on sexual assault and harassment surveyed 649 Deakin students, and reported somewhat higher figures than this, finding that 2.8% of those surveyed claimed to have been assaulted on campus, and 21% had been sexually harassed.
- Emma Alberici, journalist/presenter with the ABC
- Phillip Aspinall, Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia: MBA
- Julie Attwood, Member of Legislative Assembly of Queensland
- Jimmy Bartel, 2007 Brownlow Medallist and triple AFL Premiership Player in 2007, 2009 and 2011 with the Geelong Football Club. 2011 Norm Smith medallist
- Mark Blake, 2009 AFL Premiership player with the Geelong Football Club
- Campbell Brown, 2008 AFL Premiership player with Hawthorn Football Club and inaugural Gold Coast Football Club player: BCom (Sports Management)
- John Brumby, former Premier and Treasurer of the State of Victoria: Dip Ed
- Mark Butler MP, Federal Member for Port Adelaide
- Tim Callan, AFL footballer with the Western Bulldogs: BCom
- Briony Cole, Gold medalist, 2006 Commonwealth Games, & Silver medalist, 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Neil Comrie, former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police: BA (Police Studies)
- Rodger Corser, Australian actor: Honours B.A in Media Studies
- Trish Crossin, Senator for Northern Territory
- Peter Daniel, former footballer for Essendon Football Club, AFL: DipTeach
- Colonel Benito T. de Leon, Military Officer, Philippines Army: MA (Strategic Studies)
- Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria and former director of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art: M.App.Sc.(Museum Studies)
- Oliver Feltham, contemporary philosopher and English translator of Alain Badiou's Being and Event (2006)
- Simon Garlick, CEO of the Western Bulldogs: BExSc
- Ben Graham, former Geelong Football Club star, now a punter for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League; first Australian to play in the Super Bowl: BCom
- Carolyn Hardy, CEO UNICEF Australia: BA, MA
- Tom Harley, Dual Premiership Captain of Geelong Football Club in 2007 and 2009: BCom
- Geoff Hunt, World Champion squash player: Charles William apeGrad Dip (Nutrition)
- Major General Mark Kelly, Officer of the Australian Army: Grad.Dip. Defence Studies
- James Kilgore, as Charles William Pape, member of the Symbionese Liberation Army: PhD
- Michael Klinger, Australian cricketer
- Arthur Vivian Lucas Jones, Bishop of the Anglican Church in Australia
- Christopher Lynch, former Chief Financial Officer & Former Director of BHP Billiton, CEO of Transurban Ltd: BCom, MBA
- Margaret Madden, Director, Notre Dame Institute of Education, Pakistan 2001–2011
- Bridget McKenzie, Senator for Victoria, Deputy Leader of the Nationals
- Michael Malouf, former Chief Executive Officer, Carlton Football Club: MBA
- Carmen Marton, Australia's first ever world taekwondo champion
- Lindsay Maxsted, Chairman Westpac Banking Corporation
- Mat McBriar, punter for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League
- Denis Napthine, Premier of the State of Victoria: MBA
- Livinia Nixon, Nine Network weather presenter: BCom, BA
- Henry Playfair, AFL footballer with the Sydney Swans: BCom
- Jeff Rowley, surfer and celebrity ppeaker: MBA in leadership and communications.
- Leigh Sales, ABC journalist, anchor of Lateline and book writer: Master of International Relations, Brisbane Writers Festival.
- Kathryn Sheffield, remote sensing, BS
- Jim Stynes OAM, businessman and Chairman of Melbourne Football Club: BEd
- Stella Young, comedian, journalist and disability rights activist: BA
- Mandawuy Yunupingu, indigenous musician, community leader and Australian of the Year (1992): BA
- Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN 
- Diana Taylor Prominent Businesswoman
- Matt Stevic, AFL umpire
- Kate Buchanan ARC Future Fellow
- Tania de Koning-Ward, Commonwealth Health Minister's Medal for Excellence in Health and Medical Research
- Peter Hodgson, 2009 Australian Laureate Fellow
- John Jonas, Birks Professor of Metallurgy, McGill University: Visiting Professor.
- Ross Oakley, former Australian Football League CEO: Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law
- David Parkin, former coach of Carlton and Hawthorn Football Clubs: Lecturer in Exercise Science.
- Mark Weinberg, Chief Justice of Norfolk Island: Adjunct Professor, School of Law.
- Jim Kennan, former politician, Adjunct Professor of Law
- Svetha Venkatesh, Director of the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics
- Frank Costa Businessman and Philanthropist
- Lindsay Fox Businessman and Philanthropist
- Brett Lee Australian Cricketer and Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI) associate
- Denis Napthine Victorian Premier and Politician
- Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer, Adventure Waterman, and Celebrity Speaker
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