Deakin Engagement and Access Program

We collaborate with schools to widen participation in higher education through the Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP). Through a coordinated program of activities from Grade 3 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 objectives

DEAP aims to:

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

This program is made possible thanks to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia.

DEAP activities

Primary schools

We partner with primary schools because educational and career aspirations are shaped by students' self-efficacy during their formative years. These partnerships involve a range of early interventions that support self-efficacy, through highly creative and engaging activities.

Grade 3 − 6: Write your future

Deakin education students help run creative writing activities in schools, enhancing students’ literacy skills and encouraging aspirations.

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 − Community day

Students explore the campus and learn about diversity through community themed activities.

Year 9 − Explore your future

Through project-based learning, students explore plausible futures and evaluate their impact.

Year 10 − Deakin experience day

Students visit the campus and experience what life at university is all about.

Year 11 − Study skills workshop 

Current Deakin students share their top tips for effective study. Based on the successful Peer Assisted Study Sessions program, these workshops explore issues relating to study skills and include a brief introduction to university.

Year 12 − Special Entry Access Scheme and scholarships workshop 

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) 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 learn how to prepare SEAS and scholarship applications.

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 get help understanding SEAS, and develop their ability to support students' SEAS applications.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME links Indigenous secondary school students to universities through outreach and personal mentoring.

Ardoch Youth Foundation 

The partnership supports Geelong schools through the Ardoch Literacy Buddies Program (Grade 6) as well as the Learning Through Lunch program. The programs support literacy, social and life skills which support students’ capacity for full participation in community and professional life.

headspace

The collaboration with headspace for the Grade 5 activity provides an additional knowledge base that focuses on cognitive skill development as an important part of building aspiration.

Geelong Regional Libraries

Supports students’ access to local libraries and offers a range of workshops for schools.

Skyline Foundation

The Skyline Foundation pursues two core values, to maximise young people’s opportunities for self-fulfilment and to increase society’s reservoir of creative problem solvers and producers of knowledge. Skyline Foundation will partner with Deakin University in 2017 to work with two local secondary schools to support and develop talented, but disadvantaged, VCE students. 

The Smith Family

Deakin University partners with The Smith Family, through its Learning for Life Program in order to pursue our common commitment to improving educational opportunities for young Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact us

Acting Manager Access and Equity Partnerships
Jane Finlay
+61 3 9251 7378 
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