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Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP)

Through a program of eight initiatives funded by the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP), Deakin promotes access and successful participation in undergraduate courses by students from the following equity groups:

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.

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.

Warrnambool community partnership

Works with primary and secondary schools in the Warrnambool area to build on educational aspirations and applications to higher education.

Activities include university visits, mentoring and teacher professional development. Focuses on industries important to the area, such as dairy, tourism, environmental science and health education.

Deakin Learning Hub at Dandenong

The Deakin Learning Hub at Dandenong offers the Dandenong community the chance to study a university degree online with face-to-face support from academic and support staff.

Students can take degrees in Health Sciences, Information Systems or Psychology. Also serves as a drop-in support centre and base for other Deakin students living locally.

Equity scholarships

Schemes to address financial hardship and disadvantage.

  • First in family access grants
  • Retention and support grants
  • Student housing rental grants
  • Free laptops 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.


Alice Gleadall
HEPPP Project Officer
Equity and Diversity (Burwood B1.21)
03 924 45597

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

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