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Deakin University
Deakin University Worldly Logo.png
Established 1974
Type Public
Chancellor David Morgan
Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 43,995
Undergraduates 30,680
Postgraduates 12,662
Location Victoria, Australia
Campus Suburban
Affiliations ASAIHL, Australian National Business Schools (ANBS) Limited,[1]

Deakin University is an Australian public university with approximately 47,000 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 in the state of Victoria. Current Vice-Chancellor (CEO) is Jane den Hollander.

Deakin University receives more than A$600 million in operating revenue annually, and controls more than A$1.3 billion in assets. It received more than A$35 million in research income in 2011 and had 1,493 research students in 2012. In 2009, its academics authored 33 books, 233 refereed conference papers, and 705 refereed journal papers.


Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974.

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.

Expansion in the 1990s[edit]

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.


Geelong Waterfront Campus[edit]

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

The Geelong Waterfront Campus (38°08′38″S 144°21′37″E / 38.1439°S 144.3603°E / -38.1439; 144.3603 (Deakin University, 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 3,400 (A.D. 2013) 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[2] 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[edit]

The original campus of Deakin University (38°11′52″S 144°17′50″E / 38.1979°S 144.2973°E / -38.1979; 144.2973 (Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus)Coordinates: 38°11′52″S 144°17′50″E / 38.1979°S 144.2973°E / -38.1979; 144.2973 (Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus)) 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 5,824 (2012) 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 will be opening 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[edit]

Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus

The largest campus of the University is in Melbourne's eastern suburb of Burwood (37°50′52″S 145°06′51″E / 37.8479°S 145.1143°E / -37.8479; 145.1143 (Deakin University, Melbourne Campus)), 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 21,821 (2012) 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[edit]

The Warrnambool Campus (38°23′26″S 142°32′14″E / 38.3906°S 142.5373°E / -38.3906; 142.5373 (Deakin University, 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 1258 (2012) 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 will be opening 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[edit]

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 10,000 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.

Former campuses[edit]

Rusden Campus[edit]

The Rusden Campus was closed in 2003 and all courses were transferred to the Melbourne campus at Burwood. It was 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, which 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.[3]

Academic structure and governance[edit]

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.


Notable Associates of the University[edit]


Faculties, Schools and Research Centres[edit]

Faculty of Arts and Education

  • School of Communication and Creative Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights
  • Centre for Partnerships and Projects in Education
  • Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
  • Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures

Faculty of Business and Law

  • Deakin Graduate School of Business
  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • School of Information Systems
  • School of Law
  • School of Management and Marketing

Faculty of Health

  • School of Psychology
  • School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • School of Health and Social Development
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Medicine

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
  • Deakin Institute for Health Research

Strategic Research Centres

  • Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics
  • Psychiatric Health Strategic Research Centre
  • Centre for Biotechnology, Chemistry and Systems Biology
  • Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
  • Centre for Integrative Ecology
  • Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR)
  • Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention
  • Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research
  • Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
  • Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation
  • Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations
  • Centre for Molecular and Medical Research
  • Deakin Population Health
  • Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research

Awards and achievements[edit]

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".

In 2013, Deakin University was successful in winning five Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office for Learning and Teaching (formerly the Australian Learning and Teaching Council).

In 2005, Deakin's Library was nationally acknowledged for the outstanding provision of off-campus services in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Notable faculty[edit]

Former Notable faculty[edit]

  • Jim Kennan, Former Politician, Adjunct Professor of Law


Deakin is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities.[15] Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$35 million in 2010.[15]

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[16] 360
QS Arts & Humanities[17] 249
QS Engineering & Tech.[18] 313
QS Life Sciences & Medicine[19] 283
QS Social Sciences & Mgmt.[20] 139
THE-WUR World[21] 301-350
ARWU World[22] 401-500
CWTS Leiden World[23] 284
Australian rankings
QS National[24] 19
ARWU National[25] 19
CWTS Leiden National[23] 11

Deakin is a multi-award winning university with an international focus. The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 has ranked Deakin University 66th in the World among the top Universities under 50 years old.

Deakin University has been awarded a QS 5 Star Rating for Excellence in 2013. "This rating cements our reputation as not only worldly, but world-class in a broad range of areas, with cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching".

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.[26]

In 2007, the list of the top ranked universities in The Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings was expanded to 400 institutions worldwide. In this ranking, Deakin University was placed for the first time at equal 374th.[27] In 2009, THES and QS split to conduct their own rankings from 2010. In 2009, the Russian Global University Ranking ranked the world's top 500 universities. Each university was placed into one of five bands. Deakin was placed in the third band (201-300) with a ranking of 283-284.[28]

Ranking Institution # 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
U.S. News 'Best 500 Global Universities[29] 500 - - - - - - - 424
Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (pre-2010) 400 374 396 355 - - - -
THES (Post-2009) 400 - - - 399 381 351-400 301-350 301-350
QS World University Rankings (post-2009) 400 - - - 362 401 401 380 360
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Law & Legal Studies)[30] 200 - - - - - - 101-150
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Economics)[31] 200 - - - - 151-200
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Accounting and Finance)[32] 200 - - - - 51-100 101-150
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Sociology)[33] 200 - - - - 101-150 101-150 101-150
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Education & Training)[34] 200 - - - - - 47 22
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Politics & International Studies)[35] 200 - - - - - 151-200 51-100
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Communication & Media Studies)[36] 200 - - - - - 151-200
QS World University Rankings - Engineering and Technology[37] 300 - - - =272 - -
QS World University Rankings - Natural Sciences (Chemistry)[38] 200 - - - - 151-200 -
Russian Global University Ranking 500 - - 283-284 - - - - -
Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) MBA - - 5/5 5/5 5/5 - - 5/5
Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) MBA(International) - - 4/5 5/5 5/5 - - 4/5

Deakin ranks 11 in Australia, 13 in the Oceania, and 478 in the world in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities:[39]


DeakinPrime is the corporate education arm of Deakin University, engaged in the development of corporate education partnerships with organisations in Australia.

Many large Australian and international organisations are associated with DeakinPrime's activities.[citation needed]

Approximately 50,000 students are participating in programs with DeakinPrime.

Alumni (last name order)[edit]

Deakin University Student Association[edit]

The Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) is the dominant student representative organisation operating across all campuses and courses. As well as representation, DUSA provides a range of services and benefits to members, and coordinates all other clubs and societies operating on campus. There is a wide range of groups/clubs for students to join and these groups vary from campus to campus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian National Business Schools
  2. ^ Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library
  3. ^ Save Stonnington!
  4. ^ Philosophical Fox on Philanthropy
  5. ^ Research
  6. ^
  7. ^ Medical research award
  8. ^ Hodgson's Honour
  9. ^ Berk M, Copolov D, Dean O, Lu K, Jeavons S, Schapkaitz I, et al. N-Acetyl Cysteine as a Glutathione Precursor for Schizophrenia—A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Biological Psychiatry [Internet]. 2008 Sep 1 [cited 2013 Sep 4];64(5):361–8. Available from:
  10. ^ Magalhães PV, Dean OM, Bush AI, Copolov DL, Malhi GS, Kohlmann K, et al. N-acetylcysteine for major depressive episodes in bipolar disorder. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria [Internet]. 2011 Dec [cited 2013 Sep 4];33(4):374–8. Available from:
  11. ^ Berk M, Copolov DL, Dean O, Lu K, Jeavons S, Schapkaitz I, et al. N-Acetyl Cysteine for Depressive Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder—A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Biological Psychiatry [Internet]. 2008 Sep 15 [cited 2013 Sep 4];64(6):468–75. Available from:
  12. ^ Berk M, Dean O, Cotton SM, Gama CS, Kapczinski F, Fernandes BS, et al. The efficacy of N-acetylcysteine as an adjunctive treatment in bipolar depression: An open label trial. Journal of Affective Disorders [Internet]. 2011 Dec [cited 2013 Sep 4];135(1–3):389–94. Available from:
  13. ^ Magalhães PV, Dean OM, Bush AI, Copolov DL, Malhi GS, Kohlmann K, et al. N-acetyl cysteine add-on treatment for bipolar II disorder: a subgroup analysis of a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders [Internet]. 2011 Mar [cited 2013 Sep 4];129(1–3):317–20. Available from:
  14. ^ Dean OM, Berk M. A randomized controlled pilot trial of oral n-acetylcysteine in children with autism. Clinical practice. 2012;9(3):244–244
  15. ^ a b Deakin University Research
  16. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2014". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  17. ^ "QS World University Arts & Humanities Rankings 2014". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  18. ^ "QS World University Engineering & Technology Rankings 2014". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  19. ^ "QS World University Life Sciences & Medicine Rankings 2014". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  20. ^ "QS World University Social Sciences & Management Rankings 2014". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  21. ^ "Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015". TSL Education Limited. 
  22. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 
  23. ^ a b "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014". Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University. 
  24. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2014". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 
  25. ^ "ARWU 2014 Top 500 Universities in Australia". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 
  26. ^ Deakin's top ranked MBA
  27. ^ Deakin's World Ranking Breakthrough
  28. ^ Russian Rank
  29. ^ U.S. News ranking
  30. ^ Top 150 in Law
  31. ^ Top 200 in Economics 2011
  32. ^ Top 150 in Accounting and Finance 2011-12
  33. ^ Top 150 in Sociology 2011-13
  34. ^ Ranked 47th (2012), 22nd (2013) in Education and Training
  35. ^ Top 200 (2012) & Top 100 (2013) in Politics & International Studies
  36. ^ Top 200 in Communication & Media Studies 2011-13
  37. ^ Top 300 in Engineering and Technology 2011
  38. ^ Top 200 in Chemistry 2011
  39. ^ Deakin's Webometric ranking
  40. ^ Boland, Michaela (1 March 2012). "National Gallery of Victoria appointment". The Australian. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  41. ^ Carolyn - from Uni' to Unicef
  42. ^ Evans, Gavin (26 January 2003). "A life on the run". The Guardian (London). 
  43. ^ Rowley's riding high on the waves
  44. ^ Brisbane Writers Festival

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