Equity and Diversity

Information for Mature Age Students

Deakin has many mature age students studying on and off campus. We value the diverse life experiences that you bring to the Deakin community and recognise that you may have specific study and support needs. You may be returning to study after many years, studying at a university for the first time and/or juggling study with family or carer responsibilities and/or paid work.

This page provides resources and key links to information that may be of particular relevance to you.

Accessing Deakin

Scholarships - A variety of access and equity scholarships are available each year to assist people from different backgrounds, including mature age students, to study at Deakin.

Financial assistance - Find out about financial assistance available, such as interest-free student loans and help with managing your debts and finances.

Study support

Disability Resource Centre - The DRC provides individual study support and tailored learning access plans for students with disabilities, including medical conditions and mental ill health.

IT training - The 'Atomic' online tutorials teach you how to become a confident user of popular applications, such as Word, Excel, etc. and are highly recommended for new students.

IT and computing - Find information on remote access, computer labs on campuses, IT support and more.

Library - The Library has an information desk and 'student rovers' to assist with library queries on campuses and has a delivery service. Faculty liaison librarians are available to provide specialist support for on and off campus students.

Study workshops - Make time to attend some of the frequent workshops covering time management, getting organised, essay writing and research skills - especially if you have been away from study for some time.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) - PASS is a free academic assistance program offered in many units which involves other students helping you improve your academic performance.

Ask your Faculty about other Faculty-specific study support services.

Other services and information

Child care - Find out about child care services at the Burwood, Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses and other child care options.

Parent facilities – Locate parent rooms on your campus.

Counselling - Make an appointment with a counsellor on your campus for personal support.

Careers and employment opportunities - Prepare for your career and find out about current jobs available.

DUSA - The Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) provides activities and support services, including the ‘DUSA Distance’ website for off campus students.

Complaints - Learn about academic and administrative complaints processes.

Discrimination and sexual harassment - You can receive support and take action if you have been sexually harassed or discriminated against at Deakin.


Mature Age Students - Life at Deakin University

Meet other mature age students

Mature Age Student Club (MASC)

Deakin MASC is for students aged 21 and over. The club provides support and study assistance for mature age students, whether you're studying on or off campus, full time or part time.

They hold social events, such as regular informal gatherings and family-friendly get-togethers, to encourage interaction and bolster peer support among mature age students.

To join, email memberships@deakinmasc.com
Visit the website: www.deakinmasc.com


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