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Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP)

Through an evidence-based program of six initiatives funded by the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP), Deakin promotes access to higher education and successful participation in undergraduate courses by students from equity groups:

  • people from low socioeconomic backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from rural and remote areas
  • people from a non-English speaking background and
  • women in non-traditional areas of study.

The 2015 program:

  • builds on school students' aspirations and introduces post-school education as a desirable and achievable pathway to pursuing life goals
  • enables access to facilities, technology and information through financial support and capacity building to build student retention and success
  • enables students to achieve academic success through peer learning, and by embedding academic skills, digital literacy, employability skills and inclusive practice into the curriculum
  • is strengthened by data analysis and robust evaluation of the initiatives and the program as a whole.

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Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP)

DEAP works with school students and parents to build on aspirations and raise awareness of university.

Program activities include study skills and academic workshops, campus visits and mentoring, from Grade 5 through to Year 12. The team works with around 40 selected schools in low socio-economic status areas local to Deakin's campuses.

Deakin Learning Centres

The Deakin Learning Centres located at Dandenong, Werribee and Craigieburn, offer the wider Deakin community the chance to study a university degree online with face-to-face support from Deakin staff.

Students can take degrees in Health Sciences, Commerce, Early Childhood Education or Psychology. The centres also serve as drop-in support centres and bases for other Deakin students living locally.

Equity scholarships

Schemes to address financial hardship and disadvantage.

  • First in family access grants
  • Retention and completion grants
  • Student housing rental grants
  • Deakin Student Technology Package Scheme

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Inclusive curriculum and capacity building

This project looks at modifications to teaching delivery and learning methods and online resources to better meet the needs of students from low SES backgrounds.

It includes embedding of academic skills and literacies, digital literacy practice, career development learning and universal design principles in curriculum, to make learning at Deakin inclusive for all students.

Peer support

No one understands what it's like to be a student better than a student. This project includes three peer support schemes which enable trained students to offer support to other students.

Graduate employability

Aims to improve graduate outcomes by enabling financially and socially disadvantaged students to undertake work placements and credit bearing work-integrated learning units.

Evaluation, data analysis and support

  • Evaluation – Creating Impact Through Evaluation (CITE)
    The CITE project provides evaluation, research capacity building and dissemination of evaluation/program findings, by initiative and across the program as a whole
  • Data analysis and support
    Works with the CITE team to coordinate data management and statistics to make the most of various measures used and provides data and data analysis support to projects.

Digital Accessibility Project

Deakin University has a diverse community of staff, students and visitors and is keen to make sure that everyone is able to access the University’s digital content quickly and easily, regardless of physical ability. Working with a consultant from Media Access Australia, the project aims to prepare the University to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA - the recognised global standard for web accessibility. The project outcomes will include policies, guidelines and a plan of action for the University.

Learning for life

Neighbourhood Houses, adult learning and transition to higher education

This research project aims to find out more about participants in the education programs provided by Neighbourhood Houses, and will also look into the transition of these learners to higher education. Beyond the research stage, the project aims to support adult learners in accessing higher education. These learners may also develop valuable networks, skills and confidence through being involved with the research project.


Linda Gasparini
Strategic Equity Project Officer (job share)
Equity and Diversity (Geelong Waterfront Campus)
03 522 73230

Juliana Ryan
Manager, Communications and Engagement
Equity and Diversity (Waterfront)
03 522 79118

Alice Bryant
Strategic Equity Project Officer (job share)
Equity and Diversity (Burwood Campus)
03 924 45597

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