Deakin Advancement

By actively engaging our staff, friends and external partners, Deakin Advancement proudly guides and delivers fundraising and alumni activities, community engagement, and corporate and commercial events. 

We also manage corporate and internal communications, media relations, university donations, sponsorship, and the university's art collection and galleries. 

In all our endeavours we aim to complement Deakin's vision to be a catalyst for positive change to benefit our students, staff and the communities we serve.

Our services

Connecting our past with our future

We develop and coordinate communications between Deakin and our Alumni Community. 

We provide professional development and networking opportunities nationally and internationally in collaboration with formal chapters and various international alumni associations. 

We also negotiate and deliver a range of exclusive benefits available to our Alumni Community.

Find out more about Deakin’s Alumni Community

Expanding our professional network

We deliver a range of event services for Deakin. This includes commercial hire and use of Deakin’s facilities and venues, and end-to-end project management of academic and research conferences. 

Our fully integrated electronic conference and event software allows us the flexibility to wholly manage events, whether held externally or on campus.

Find out more about events and venue hire

Growing our local community

We actively engage, support and contribute to our local communities. We do this through teaching, learning and research, corporate education, partnerships, sponsorship and work-integrated learning programs.

Discover community engagement at Deakin

Encouraging appreciation for the visual arts

The Deakin University Art Gallery was established in 2003 and is located at our Melbourne Burwood Campus. The gallery fosters an appreciation of, and engagement with, the visual arts through a vibrant exhibition program.

Discover our gallery programs and exhibitions

Fundraising for the future

We pursue and secure philanthropic gifts to Deakin and assist in profiling the university throughout the broader community. 

We also manage and deliver Deakin's annual oration programs and internal events.

Find out more about giving to Deakin

Championing our stories and successes

We support the university by profiling Deakin news, achievements and stories across print, radio, television and social media. 

In addition, we partner with all areas of the university to support key strategic projects, coordinate internal communications and provide expert photographic services.

Read the latest news about Deakin

Office of the Vice-President (Advancement)

The Office of the VP(A) resides within the Deakin Advancement division. It provides executive support to ensure the core functions of our portfolio effectively deliver our key services.

Contact us

Mr Ron Fairchild
Chief Advancement Officer
+61 3 9246 8954
Email Ron Fairchild

Mr Glenn Atwell
Director, Media and Corporate Communications
+61 3 9246 8221
Email Glen Atwell

Ms Melinda Warnecke
Deputy Vice-President (Advancement)
+61 3 9246 8298
Email Melinda Warnecke

Mr Daraus Mirza
Director, Advancement Services and Operations
+61 3 9246 8084
Email Daraus Mirza