Research and laboratory teaching space
The school is continuously improving its teaching laboratories to ensure we provide high-quality practical experiences befitting the needs of the modern scientist.
New teaching facilities at the Melbourne Burwood Campus provide large, modern teaching laboratories with contemporary design and IT infrastructure.
In 2016, Deakin opened three new seated chemistry, physiology and preparation laboratories. New biology and preparatory laboratories opened in 2017 alongside other support areas.
In 2015, the school acquired a new scanning electron microscope, which will be shared with the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM). The existing one, though 20 years old, continues to be an essential instrument for research and also for teaching.
Our collaborative relationship with IFM provides our students with access to the nuclear magnetic resonance facility.
Our students also have access to specialised equipment and expertise within the School of Medicine, such as the Metabolic Research Unit and animal phenomics facility.
Vehicles and boats
The school's own fleet of vehicles is available to staff and students across all three campuses, including twin cabs, four-wheel drives, station wagons and a light rigid truck for towing our larger boats at Warrnambool.
Deakin's research vessel, Yolla, is equipped with highly specialised, multibeam sonar and GPS equipment valued at $650,000. This enables students to better understand our marine coastal biodiversity through the use of the most advanced oceanographic mapping technologies. Yolla has the latest generation seafloor mapping systems, which are used to develop detailed pictures of the ocean floor.
The school is active in its field research work, which covers a diverse range of interests such as wildlife, land management, conservation, seabird and marine studies, climate change and palaeontology studies.
The school boasts long-term links to excellent facilities in Cape Conran, the Otways and the Grampians.