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Total enrollment
53,314 (2015)

Jane den Hollander

Deakin University

221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia

Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront

Undergraduate tuition and fees
Domestic tuition: 27,520 AUD (2016), International tuition: 23,880 AUD (2016)

Notable alumni
Mandawuy Yunupingu, Livinia Nixon, Emma Alberici, Jimmy Bartel, Phillip Aspinall

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Deakin University is an Australian public university with approximately 50,644 higher education students in 2014. Established in 1974, the University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. It has campuses in Geelong, Warrnambool and Burwood, Melbourne and 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. The sale of Stonnington Mansion by Deakin provoked public outrage as it involved the mansion which was at risk of redevelopment by property developers. Deakin is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities. Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$43.4 million in 2014.


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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 campus at Burwood. Rusden 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 campus at Burwood in November 2007. As a Deakin campus, it was home to Deakin Business School, Deakin University English Language Institute, and the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, which have since relocated to the International Centre and Business Building on the Melbourne campus at Burwood. The main building on the site is the 116-year-old historic Stonnington Mansion It is located amongst traditional gardens. 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 campus at Burwood. 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, David Morgan. 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.

Organisational structure

The university is divided into four faculties, covering arts and education, business and law, health, and science, engineering and the environment. Within the arts faculty, the three schools cover education, social sciences, humanities, communication and the creative arts. The Faculty of Health has the School of Medicine, along with schools covering nursing, exercise and nutrition sciences, and the faculty 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 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
  • Geelong Waterfront Campus

    The Geelong Waterfront Campus (38.1439°S 144.3603°E / -38.1439; 144.3603 (Deakin University, 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 4,300 (A.D. 2014) students are based at the Geelong Waterfront Campus, which hosts the schools of: Architecture & Building, Health & Social Development, Business & Law and Nursing. The schools offer courses in architecture and construction management, nursing, occupational therapy and social work and 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, 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 Campus

    The original campus of Deakin University (38.1979°S 144.2973°E / -38.1979; 144.2973 (Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus)) 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 and has a student population of 6,728 (2014) pursuing courses in arts, education, engineering, management, media and communication, medicine, health sciences, information technology, psychology and science.

    Services and facilities include 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. Single room accommodation is provided for 784 students in a mixed gender, multicultural environment. 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.

    Deakin University has opened a brand new high quality 309 bed studio apartment complex in Geelong featuring fully furnished, self-contained and self-catered apartments, with an ensuite and kitchenette in each studio.

    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.

    Melbourne Burwood Campus

    The largest campus of the University is in Melbourne's eastern suburb of Burwood (37.8479°S 145.1143°E / -37.8479; 145.1143 (Deakin University, Melbourne Campus)), on Burwood Highway, 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 and the campus has about 26,060 (2014) undergraduate and postgraduate on-campus students pursuing courses in arts, business, education, environment, health sciences, information technology, law, management, media and communication, nursing, psychology, public health and health promotion, science, sport and visual, performing and creative arts.

    Some facilities at the Melbourne campus include multi-story car parks, the Deakin University Art Gallery, 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.

    Warrnambool Campus

    The Warrnambool Campus (38.3906°S 142.5373°E / -38.3906; 142.5373 (Deakin University, 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 1,135 (2014) 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.

    Study modes

    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. Nearly 12,335 students enrolled at Deakin University study in cloud mode. 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 Association

    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.


  • 1977-1985 - Frederic Jevons
  • 1986-1991 - Malcolm Skilbeck
  • 1992-1996 - John A. Hay
  • 1997-2002 - Geoff Wilson
  • 2003-2010 - Sally Walker
  • 2010–present - Jane den Hollander
  • Research

    Deakin is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities. Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$43.4 million in 2014.

    The Australian Research Council awarded Deakin University 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. The wins placed Deakin 16th in the number of Discovery Grants awarded and equal 6th in the number of Linkage grants awarded amongst Australian Universities.

    Deakin received the highest rating possible for its research in Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Human Movement and Sports Science, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in Medical Physiology. The university's research was also found to be above world standard in Physical Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Zoology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health and Health Services and Performing Arts and Creative Writing.

    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 more than 50 other Indian research partners.


    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 and in 2013, 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 2014, Deakin has been ranked in the top 3% of the world's universities in the Shanghai Jail Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.

    Deakin ranks 11 in Australia, 13 in the Oceania, and 478 in the world in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

    Awards and achievements

    Deakin has won the prestigious 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 won its second award when it 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".

    Deakin has received many academic awards and high rankings by various independent research organisations, including:

  • Top 3 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 five consecutive years (Australian Graduate Survey 2011-2015)
  • 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).

    Notable alumni

  • 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: Grad Dip (Nutrition)
  • Major General Mark Kelly, Officer of the Australian Army: Grad.Dip. Defence Studies
  • James Kilgore, member of the Symbionese Liberation Army: PhD History .
  • 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
  • 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 [1]
  • Notable faculty

  • 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
  • Notable associates

  • 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
  • References

    Deakin University Wikipedia