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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 Year 7 through to Year 12, DEAP builds on students' aspirations and awareness to introduce university as a desirable and achievable pathway to pursuing life goals. 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 with the aim of encouraging and supporting their 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.

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

DEAP activities

Grade 5, 6 and Year 7 - Parental engagement

Engaging and interactive workshops to raise parent/carer awareness of the career and lifelong benefits of higher education.

Year 7 - Building blocks

Focused discussion and group work about the importance of education and the link between school and future success.

Year 8 - Academic enrichment workshop

Discipline based workshops that provide students with a taste of university study options.

Year 9 - Deakin School News Network

Gives students the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience, with real deadlines.

Read more about Deakin School News Network

Year 10 - Deakin experience day

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

Years 10 to 12 - Deakin in your careers office

An in-school drop-in session for students to get information and advice about university. Talk with a Deakin representative about all aspects of university such as choosing a course/uni, 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. Information on VCE study skills

Year 12 - Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) 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 application for a mock applicant profile, putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained in the workshop.

For more information contact:

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

Page custodian: Equity and Diversity
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