Our equity initiatives are funded by the Australian Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) and aim to build on Deakin’s inclusive and welcoming culture. We promote access to higher education and encourage pathways into undergraduate courses for students who have a low socio-economic status, or are from a regional, remote or Indigenous background. Our HEPPP projects are designed in collaboration with teams of academic and professional staff. Deakin’s HEPPP-funded activities include services such as self-directed learning, library help, peer support communities and tailored one-on-one assistance.
HEPPP at Deakin is a mix of established evidence-based programs and innovative new projects. We have a range of activities that help nurture prospective students from the very start of their university journey. Our initiatives include:
- Highlighting pathways to higher education for low socio-economic, regional, rural, remote and Indigenous students, parents, carers, schools and communities through school-based activities.
- Promoting all our possible entry schemes to students from under-represented backgrounds who want to pursue higher education.
- Raising awareness and participation in academic, personal and financial support opportunities for students that assist in retention through their degree.
- Employability programs that prepare students for success in their chosen career through workshops, mentoring, cadetships and internships.