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Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP)

Through DEAP, Deakin University collaborates with school communities to widen participation in higher education.

Through a coordinated program of activities from Grade 4 to Year 12, DEAP builds on students' aspirations and awareness to introduce university as a desirable and achievable pathway.  DEAP partner schools are located in Melbourne, Geelong and the Barwon South Western Region.

DEAP aims

  • To support aspirations and attainment for higher education, inspiring students to both consider and access university as a viable pathway.
  • To engage parents and carers with the aim of encouraging and supporting families' understanding of and aspirations for higher education.
  • To familiarise students with university life and pathways to university, including VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).
  • To support schools in preparing students for the transition to university and connecting with transition programs at Deakin University.
  • To support the development of students' self-efficacy, enhancing educational engagement and achievement.

Deakin Engagement and Access Program is made possible thanks to the Higher Education Participation Program funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia.

DEAP activities

Primary schools

DEAP's partnerships with primary schools have been developed on the understanding that educational and career aspirations are shaped by students' self-efficacy during early formative years.  These partnerships involve a coordinated range of early interventions that support self-efficacy, through highly creative and engaging activities.

Grade 4 - Community voices

Students identify their strengths and interests, and use these to brainstorm possible future pathways.

Grade 5 - Make your own mind

Through creative modelling, students identify unhelpful thought patterns and practice replacing these with thoughts that affirm their strengths and abilities.

Grade 6 - Presiding over the possibilities

Using the practice of Law, students recognise their competency in a range of skills, and practice these in a mock court case.

Secondary Schools

DEAP's partnerships with secondary schools entail a range of on-campus and in-school activities that support students' aspirations for, and access to, higher education.

Year 7 - Mission Possible

Students will apply future work skills to complete a Mission Possible! in small groups around the campus.

Year 8 - Access Uni

Adopting a 'Challenges, NOT barriers theme', this half-day activity encourages students to explore university, both from an academic and student support perspective. Students have a tangible opportunity to envisage themselves succeeding in a university environment in a mock graduation ceremony.

Year 9 - Deakin School News Network (DSSN)

Students are given the opportunity to develop their journalistic skills as they create news broadcasts about their school and local community. Students upload their stories on the school website which is linked to the DSNN webpage for all participating schools. The activity culminates in a celebration at the Burwood campus, where students share their DSNN news stories and experience the Deakin TV studio with other participating schools. 

Read more about Deakin School News Network

Year 10 - Deakin experience day

Held on campus, the Deakin Experience Day encourages students to consider university as a desirable and achievable option. Through a range of interactive group activities, students become familiar with a university campus and learn about the diverse experiences that university can provide.

Years 10 to 12 - Deakin in your careers office

This in-school drop-in session offers students the opportunity to speak with a Deakin representative about all aspects of university such as choosing a course or university, pathways, applying, preferences and transition support.

Year 11 - Study skills workshop

Based on the successful Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program at Deakin, these workshops are facilitated by Deakin PASS student leaders. The workshops explore issues relating to study skills and include a brief introduction to university.  Information on VCE study skills

Year 12 - Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Scholarships workshop

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Special Entry Access Scheme aims to make the university selection process fairer for students who have experienced circumstances that have impacted their education. All students at DEAP partner schools are eligible under at least one category.  With the support of Deakin staff and students, participants have the opportunity to draft a SEAS and scholarships application for a mock applicant profile, putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained in the workshop.

Community partnerships

Parent/carer engagement

Parents and carers of students in Years 5-8 explore strategies that support significant adults to foster students' engagement in education. These workshops are delivered in collaboration with the Barwon Adolescent Task Force, schools and community partners.

SEAS for professionals

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for higher education applicants who have experienced circumstances that have affected their education.  In this presentation, professionals working with young people are assisted to understand SEAS, and develop their ability to support students' SEAS applications.

Study Skills

Facilitated during school holidays, this half-day activity explores issues relating to study skills with senior secondary students.  It is facilitated according to the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) model, a successful peer learning program at Deakin University.

For more information contact:

Mel Martinelli
Manager Student Access and Equity
03 925 17112   03 522 78487

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