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Deakin University

Deakin University
Established 1974
Type Public
Chancellor David Morgan
Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 50,644[1]
Undergraduates 35,821
Postgraduates 12,565
Location Victoria, Australia
Campus Suburban
Affiliations ASAIHL, Australian National Business Schools[2]

Deakin University is an Australian public university with approximately 50,644 higher education students in 2014. Established in 1974, the University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. It has campuses in Geelong, Warrnambool and Burwood, Melbourne and learning centres in Dandenong, Craigieburn and Werribee,[3] all in the state of Victoria.


  • History 1
  • Campuses 2
    • Geelong Waterfront Campus 2.1
    • Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus 2.2
    • Melbourne Burwood Campus 2.3
    • Warrnambool Campus 2.4
    • Study modes 2.5
  • Pathway Programs in Sri Lanka 3
  • Governance 4
    • Vice-Chancellors 4.1
  • Academics 5
    • Faculties and Schools 5.1
    • Research 5.2
    • Rankings 5.3
    • Awards and achievements 5.4
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Notable faculty 7
  • Notable associates 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974.[4] Deakin was Victoria’s fourth university, the first to be established in regional Victoria and the first to specialise in distance education.

Deakin University’s first campus was established at Waurn Ponds. The University was the result of a merger between State College of Victoria, Geelong (formerly Geelong Teachers College) and the higher education courses of the Gordon Institute of Technology. Deakin enrolled its first students at Waurn Ponds in 1977.

The Burwood campus is on the site of the former Burwood Teachers' College, and also takes in the former sites of the Bennettswood Primary School and the Burwood Secondary School. The teachers' college conducted two-year training courses for Primary School teachers, and three year courses for Infant Teachers (females only). It provided live-on-site accommodation for country students.

A merger with Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education took place in 1990. This was followed by a merger with most of Victoria College in 1991, with its campuses in Burwood, Rusden and Toorak.

The Rusden Campus was closed in 2003 and all courses were transferred to the Melbourne campus at Burwood. Rusden subsequently acquired by Monash University for its student accommodation purposes.

The former Toorak Campus, located in Malvern, was sold in 2007 as the University considered the campus surplus to its requirements. The courses and resources were relocated to the Melbourne campus at Burwood in November 2007.

As a Deakin campus, it was home to Deakin Business School, Deakin University English Language Institute, and the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, which have since relocated to the International Centre and Business Building on the Melbourne campus at Burwood.

The main building on the site is the 116-year-old historic Stonnington Mansion and is located amongst traditional gardens. The Stonnington Stables art gallery and the University's contemporary art collection were located here, but has since relocated to the Deakin University Art Gallery at the Melbourne campus at Burwood.

The sale of the campus provoked public outrage as it involved the mansion which was at risk of redevelopment by property developers.[5]


Geelong Waterfront Campus

Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus. Cunningham Pier is in the foreground.

The Geelong Waterfront Campus () is Deakin's newest campus, located on Corio Bay, in the central business district of Geelong. Originally built as the Dalgety's Woolstores in 1893, the buildings have been extensively renovated to create a modern campus centre, whilst retaining most of the original internal elements.

More than 4,300 (A.D. 2014) students are based at the Geelong Waterfront Campus, which hosts the schools of: Architecture & Building, Health & Social Development, Business & Law and Nursing. The schools offer courses in architecture and construction management, nursing, occupational therapy and social work and business and law

Services and facilities include a 320-seat lecture theatre, cafe, Library, bookshop, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on site security, medical centre and counselling services, multi-faith prayer rooms, Computer Aided Design (CAD) laboratories, purpose built occupational therapy laboratory and design studios.

A $37 million redevelopment of the Dennys Lascelles Building has increased the capacity of this campus, allowing the University to provide an expanded range of courses. The building houses the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library[6] and the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, an interdisciplinary teaching and research centre covering political science, public policy and governance, international relations, globalisation, journalism and communications.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

The original campus of Deakin University () is located in the regional city of Geelong in the suburb of Waurn Ponds, 72 kilometres south west of Melbourne. The campus, serviced by the Princes Highway and the Geelong Ring Road, is approximately 5 kilometres from the Geelong Central Business District and is in close proximity to Bells Beach and the Great Ocean Road and has a student population of 6,728 (2014) pursuing courses in arts, education, engineering, management, media and communication, medicine, health sciences, information technology, psychology and science.

Services and facilities include a fitness club and sports hall, tennis courts, walking/running track and sporting fields (cricket, football, soccer, gridiron, archery, golf driving range), library, bookshop, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on-site security, medical centre and counselling services, multi-faith prayer rooms and cafe and food outlets. Single room accommodation is provided for 784 students in a mixed gender, multicultural environment. The campus is home to the Geelong Technology Precinct, which provides research and development capabilities and opportunities for university–industry partnerships and new enterprises in the region.

Deakin University has opened a brand new high quality 309 bed studio apartment complex in Geelong featuring fully furnished, self-contained and self-catered apartments, with an ensuite and kitchenette in each studio.

The Deakin Medical School opened in 2008 and is the first rural and regional medical school in Victoria. Deakin’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery MBBS is a four-year, graduate-entry program which prepares students for practice in a range of health care settings.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

The largest campus of the University is in Melbourne's eastern suburb of Burwood (), on Burwood Highway, about 45 minutes by tram (route 75) from the Melbourne CBD. Located alongside Gardiner's Creek parklands between Elgar Road on the north-west border and Mount Scopus Memorial College on the east border, it has had a number of new multi-story buildings constructed in recent years and the campus has about 26,060 (2014) undergraduate and postgraduate on-campus students pursuing courses in arts, business, education, environment, health sciences, information technology, law, management, media and communication, nursing, psychology, public health and health promotion, science, sport and visual, performing and creative arts.

Some facilities at the Melbourne campus include multi-story car parks, the Deakin University Art Gallery, Motion.Lab - motion capture facility, a purpose built gymnasium and sports hall, cafes, food outlets and a bar, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Centre, bookshop, a refurbished Library, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on-site security, medical centre and counselling services and multi-faith prayer rooms. The campus provides single room on-campus accommodation for 600 students in a mixed gender and multicultural environment.

Warrnambool Campus

The Warrnambool Campus () is situated on the banks of the Hopkins River in the coastal city of Warrnambool, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions in close proximity to the Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles. The 94 hectare site is approximately five kilometres from the Warrnambool CBD, serviced by the Princes Highway and by its own railway station, and bus services from Melbourne and Geelong, as well as locally in Warrnambool between the campus and the city.

There is an on-campus student population of more than 1,135 (2014) pursuing courses in arts, business, education, environment, health sciences, law, management, marine biology, nursing and psychology.

On-campus facilities include a comprehensive Library, fitness club, basketball, netball and tennis courts and a golf course, medical centre and counselling services, 24‑hour computer laboratories, 24‑hour on-site security, cafe, bookshop and multi-faith prayer rooms. The campus has 25 accommodation units with between four and 21 bedrooms per unit, providing on-campus accommodation for 240 students in a mixed gender and multicultural environment.

In addition, Deakin University has opened a brand new high quality 102-bed studio apartment complex in Warrnambool. The apartments will be fully furnished, self-contained and self-catered, with an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette in each studio.

Study modes

Deakin University is a major provider of academic programs by distance education. Deakin has the following study modes available to students:

  • campus (previously on campus) – the dominant mode of unit delivery is through attendance at classes or seminars at a Deakin campus, centre, affiliated industry or other physical site. Students also access some learning experiences and resources in the University’s online environment.
  • cloud (previously off-campus) – the dominant mode of unit delivery is by accessing learning experiences and resources in the University’s online environment. Students may also access some face-to-face learning experiences at a physical site.

Many full-time and part-time students are able to tailor their courses to meet their needs and circumstances. Nearly 12,335 students enrolled at Deakin University study in cloud mode. Students enrolled in cloud units study the same units as campus students except instead of attending classes, they receive course and study materials online. Many courses have a residential component, which provides opportunities for face-to-face networking with other students and staff.

Pathway Programs in Sri Lanka

  • Deakin University in Sri Lanka
  • Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS)
  • Deakin Population Health
  • Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment
  • Pattern Recognition and Data Analysis


The Deakin University Council is the governing body of the University and is chaired by the Chancellor, David Morgan. Council is responsible for the general direction and oversight of the University and is publicly accountable for the University's actions.

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the university and is responsible to Council. Professor Jane den Hollander is Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University and is Deakin’s 6th Vice-Chancellor. Professor den Hollander is a cellular biologist turned university administrator and was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia.



Faculties and Schools

Faculty of Arts and Education

  • School of Communication and Creative Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning Languages

Faculty of Business and Law[7]

Faculty of Health

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

  • School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences


  • Institute of Koorie Education

Research Institutes and Centres

  • Alfred Deakin Research Institute
  • Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Strategic Research Centres

  • Centre for Economics and Financial Econometrics Research
  • Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation
  • Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development
  • Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
  • Centre for Molecular and Medical Research (MMR)
  • Deakin Population Health
  • Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS)
  • Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatments (IMPACT)
  • Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Centre for Integrative Ecology
  • Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics
  • Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR)
  • The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
  • Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention
  • Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations


Deakin is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities.[8] Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$43.4 million in 2014.[8]

The Australian Research Council awarded Deakin University 3 Linkage grants in its 2013 allocations. In its 2010 allocations, the Australian Research Council awarded Deakin 13 Discovery and 10 Linkage Round 1 awards. The wins placed Deakin 16th in the number of Discovery Grants awarded and equal 6th in the number of Linkage grants awarded amongst Australian Universities.

Deakin received the highest rating possible for its research in Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Human Movement and Sports Science, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in Medical Physiology. The university's research was also found to be above world standard in Physical Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Zoology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health and Health Services and Performing Arts and Creative Writing.

It has developed meaningful, reciprocal research and educational partnerships in India with the official opening of the Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI) in Hyderabad and more than 50 other Indian research partners.


University rankings
Deakin University
QS World[9] 324
QS Arts & Humanities[10] 249
QS Engineering & Tech.[11] 313
QS Life Sciences & Medicine[12] 283
QS Social Sciences & Mgmt.[13] 139
THE-WUR World[14] 301-350
ARWU World[15] 301-400
CWTS Leiden World[16] 325
Australian rankings
QS National[17] 19
ARWU National[18] 19
CWTS Leiden National[16] 17

In 2015, the 100 Under 50Times Higher Education ranked Deakin University 45th in the World among the top Universities under 50 years old.

In 2009 and in 2013, the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) awarded Deakin's Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (International) courses the maximum score of five stars, placing them in the top rank of Australia's MBA courses.[19]

Since 2014, Deakin has been ranked in the top 3% of the world's universities in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.[20]

Deakin ranks 11 in Australia, 13 in the Oceania, and 478 in the world in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.[21]

Year of Release Ranking type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
QS STARS OVERALL World 5 stars 2012 5 stars 2013 5 stars 2014
QS RANKING World 401-450 401-450 380 360 324
National 22 23 19 19 19
Victoria 5 5 4 4 4
QS <50 World 50
TIMES HE World 351-400 351-400 301-350 301-350 301-350
National 15 15 13 14
TIMES HE < 50 YEARS World NA 78 66 59 45
ARWU World >500 >500 >500 400-450 301-400
National 19 19
Victoria 4 4
CWTS LEIDEN World >500 >500 >500 284 325
National 13 17
Victoria 3 3

Awards and achievements

Deakin has won the prestigious Australian University of the Year award twice. The first award came in 1995-1996 for "Outstanding Technology in Education" in which the then Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating presented Deakin with the award and commended it on its success despite its lack of "sandstones" referring to its short period of existence as a university.

On 25 August 1999, Deakin won its second award when it tied with the University of Wollongong to win the 1999-2000 prize. Deakin's success was for its "Outstanding Education and Training Partnerships". In presenting the award, the Federal Treasurer Peter Costello commended Deakin and Wollongong in stating: "These are two great institutions. They are the best of the best at what they do".

Deakin has received many academic awards and high rankings by various independent research organisations, including:

  • Top 3 per cent of the world’s universities in each of the three major rankings (Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Quacquarelli Symonds)
  • 5-star rated university, awarded by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)
  • Awarded Oceania Regional prize in the QS Wharton Stars Reimagine Education awards for innovative Higher Education pedagogies in 2014
  • Sector leader for student satisfaction, first in Victoria for five consecutive years (Australian Graduate Survey 2011-2015)

Five of Deakin’s researchers have been included in the Thomson Reuters annual listing of researchers most cited in academic journals, ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in their field. The listed researchers are: Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford, Jo Salmon, Kylie Ball and Associate Professor Anna Timperio, all from Deakin’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), and Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT).

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

Notable associates

  • Frank Costa Businessman and Philanthropist
  • Lindsay Fox Businessman and Philanthropist[36]
  • Brett Lee Australian Cricketer and Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI) associate[37]
  • Denis Napthine Victorian Premier and Politician
  • Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer, Adventure Waterman, and Celebrity Speaker[38]

See also


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  2. ^ "Deakin Business School". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Deakin Learning Centres". Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  4. ^ "DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ACT 1974". Australasian Legal Information Institute. 
  5. ^ "Preserve historic mansion, cry defiant residents". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Faculties and schools". Deakin University. 
  8. ^ a b Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Office (6 July 2011). "Deakin Research". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  10. ^ "QS World University Arts & Humanities Rankings 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  11. ^ "QS World University Engineering & Technology Rankings 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  12. ^ "QS World University Life Sciences & Medicine Rankings 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  13. ^ "QS World University Social Sciences & Management Rankings 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
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  15. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 
  16. ^ a b "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014". Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. 
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  18. ^ "ARWU 2014 Top 500 Universities in Australia". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 
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  22. ^ Boland, Michaela (1 March 2012). "National Gallery of Victoria appointment". The Australian. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  23. ^ "Graduation". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  24. ^ Evans, Gavin (26 January 2003). "A life on the run". The Guardian (London). 
  25. ^
  26. ^ "Jeff Rowley - Big Wave Surfer". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  27. ^ Studio None. "Brisbane Writers Festival". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  28. ^ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Office (13 June 2011). "Top award to Dr Tania de Koning-Ward". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  29. ^ Hodgson's Honour
  30. ^ Berk, M; Copolov, D; Dean, O; Lu, K; Jeavons, S; Schapkaitz, I; et al. (2008). "N-Acetyl Cysteine as a Glutathione Precursor for Schizophrenia—A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial". Biological Psychiatry 64 (5): 361–8.  
  31. ^ Magalhães, PV; Dean, OM; Bush, AI; Copolov, DL; Malhi, GS; Kohlmann, K; et al. (2011). "N-acetylcysteine for major depressive episodes in bipolar disorder". Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria 33 (4): 374–8. 
  32. ^ Berk, M; Copolov, DL; Dean, O; Lu, K; Jeavons, S; Schapkaitz, I; et al. (2008). "N-Acetyl Cysteine for Depressive Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder—A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial". Biological Psychiatry 64 (6): 468–75. 
  33. ^ Berk, M; Dean, O; Cotton, SM; Gama, CS; Kapczinski, F; Fernandes, BS; et al. (2011). "The efficacy of N-acetylcysteine as an adjunctive treatment in bipolar depression: An open label trial". Journal of Affective Disorders 135 (1–3): 389–94.  
  34. ^ Magalhães, PV; Dean, OM; Bush, AI; Copolov, DL; Malhi, GS; Kohlmann, K; et al. (2011). "N-acetyl cysteine add-on treatment for bipolar II disorder: a subgroup analysis of a randomized placebo-controlled trial". Journal of Affective Disorders 129 (1–3): 317–20.  
  35. ^ Dean, OM; Berk, M (2012). "A randomized controlled pilot trial of oral n-acetylcysteine in children with autism". Clinical practice 9 (3): 244–244. 
  36. ^ "- Donate and Support Education, Research, Scholarships". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  37. ^ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Office (18 October 2007). "Brett Lee joins Deakin in India". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  38. ^ "Jeff Rowley - Big Wave Surfer". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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