Deakin Hallmarks

Deakin Hallmarks are prestigious University awards that recognise students' outstanding achievement of capabilities that are key to employment success.

Introducing Deakin Hallmarks

Each Deakin Hallmark is developed and assessed in partnership with industry, community or professional bodies to ensure that they recognise achievement that is valued in graduates.

Discipline-specific Hallmarks are aligned with Deakin’s graduate learning outcomes.

  • Communication
  • Digital literacy
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Self-management
  • Global citizenship



Other Deakin Hallmarks, recognising excellence in Leadership, Entrepreneurial Thinking, Creativity and Digital Innovation have also been developed by cross-disciplinary teams of experts from Deakin and our partner organisations.


How are Deakin Hallmarks awarded?

Each award is associated with standards and criteria. To apply, students must submit evidence that they meet the Hallmark standards, similar to applying for a job.

Deakin Hallmarks are distinct from assessment tasks associated with units. Students may include assessment artefacts as part of their evidence, but must also draw on achievement beyond their coursework.

Applications are then assessed by a panel of experts from Deakin and our partner organisations.

What value do Hallmarks have?

Deakin Hallmarks offer students the opportunity to differentiate themselves to employers; evidencing and articulating your capabilities is vital to gaining opportunities.

Recipients of Deakin Hallmarks receive a digital credential that can be shared publicly through social media and professional platforms like LinkedIn. The digital credential links to data that verifies the standards and criteria assessed, and the identity of the assessment panel and industry partners who endorse the award.

The achievement is also recorded on the statement of academic achievement at graduation.

Who can achieve a Deakin Hallmark?

All Deakin students can apply for cross-disciplinary Hallmarks and any discipline specific Hallmarks associated with their degree. Students who are enrolled in double degrees or double majors can apply for hallmarks in each degree or major. Students are encouraged to apply towards the end of their enrolment.

What happens if you're not successful?

Students who apply for but are not awarded a Hallmark will be given constructive feedback on their evidence. They can re-apply for the same Hallmark once more.

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