Deakin University

Deakin University
Deakin University
Established 1974
Type Public
Chancellor David Morgan
Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander
Academic staff 1,424 (2009)
Admin. staff 3,031 (2010)
Students 39,606 (2010)
Undergraduates 26,513 (2010)
Postgraduates 12,397 (2010)
Location Geelong, Melbourne, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Campus Suburban and Regional
Colours  BLUE  GOLD 
Affiliations ASAIHL, DETC, Australian National Business Schools (ANBS) Limited,[1]
Deakin University Logo
Source: Deakin Pocket Statistics

Deakin University is an Australian public university with nearly 40,000 higher education students in 2010. It 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 2009 and had 835 research students in 2010. In 2009, its academics authored 33 books, 233 refereed conference papers, and 705 refereed journal papers. It has campuses in the coastal cities of: Geelong, Melbourne, and Warrnambool, Victoria. The University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin.



Deakin University is a commissioned Victorian university. Its establishment was the result of the commissioning of the Ramsay Committee, which was created by the State Government of Victoria and the Federal Government of Australia in September 1970[2], to establish Victoria's fourth university in regional Victoria. Three locations at Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo were considered.

In its report on 14 December 1973, the Federal Government's Australian Universities Commission recommended that a university be established at Geelong. This led to the declaration of Deakin University as a university in 1974, by an Act of Parliament referred to as the DEAKIN UNIVERSITY ACT 1974. Act No. 8610/1974.[3][4] Sites in Ballarat and Bendigo became independent Colleges of Advanced Education, and consequently did not have recognised university status. The three other commissioned Victorian universities include: The University of Melbourne established in (1853), Monash University (1958), and LaTrobe University (1964).

The University was officially opened in 1977 by the then Premier of Victoria Sir Rupert Hamer at the original campus at Waurn Ponds, Geelong and the University appointed the Cambridge educated Prof. Frederic Jevons as its foundation Vice-Chancellor and Mr. Peter Thwaites as its foundation Chancellor.

Upon establishment, Deakin took over the higher education courses of the Gordon Institute of Technology (now the Gordon Institute of TAFE), and relocated them to the newly acquired 370 Hectare Waurn Ponds campus at Geelong. It also absorbed the State College of Victoria, Geelong (a teacher's college) and transferred it to Waurn Ponds as well. Deakin enrolled its first students at Waurn Ponds in 1977.

In 1986, the University appointed its second Vice-Chancellor in educationalist Prof. Malcolm Skilbeck to lead the University through the early phases of higher education reform in Australia namely the Federal Government's Dawkins Revolution. A merger with Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education took place in August 1990 followed by most of Victoria College in December 1991.

In 1992, Prof. John Hay arrived from Monash University to become Deakin's third Vice-Chancellor to lead it through the most turbulent period of change in its history by bringing together several institutions, each with its own distinctive mission, to complete the reconstruction and establishment of a new and larger Deakin University.

In the same period, debate ensued in Geelong about the fate of the city's historic waterfront woolstores, known as the Dalgety's Woolstores, which were dilapidated amidst an area undergoing major development.[5] Some buildings were demolished despite a community outcry, and the fate of the remaining buildings was unclear until Deakin University acquired the site for a sixth Campus. Major renovations took place over several years, and in 1997, the Woolstores campus (now the Geelong Waterfront Campus) opened.

These mergers enabled the University to grow substantially from a pre-merger student population of approximately 8,000 in 1990 to approximately 25,000 higher education students in 1995. The University's student population trebled in just five years and the developments created a large multi-campus University spanning 300 kilometres covering six campuses: three in Melbourne in the suburbs of Burwood, Clayton (Rusden campus), and Malvern (Toorak campus); two in Geelong at Waurn Ponds and Geelong Waterfront; and one at Warrnambool).

In 1993, the University established Victoria's fourth law school, after Melbourne (1856), Monash (1964) and La Trobe (1992). Its establishment was unique, in that it was the first, and only, law school in Victoria to offer distance learning law degrees as well as traditional on-campus law degrees. The school's range of courses include Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and PhD. Two law school chapters were established, one each at the Burwood and Geelong campuses respectively.

In 1997, nuclear physicist Prof. Geoff Wilson became the fourth Vice-Chancellor and put the University on the path to redevelop the Burwood campus, and rationalise surplus campuses. The Burwood campus saw the construction of several multi-storey buildings including the seven storey west-facing "C" building as depicted in figure 2 below.

In 2000, the University decided to close the Rusden campus, which held mainly the Faculties of Environmental Science and Teaching. The campus was considered surplus to the University's requirements and was progressively closed between 2001 and 2003, with students and courses relocated to the Burwood campus. Rusden's buildings have since been converted into student accommodation and now forms part of Monash University's Clayton campus.

In 2003, lawyer Prof. Sally Walker arrived from The University of Melbourne to become Deakin University's first female, and fifth, Vice-Chancellor. During this phase of leadership, courses and student numbers continued to rise. New courses including medicine, occupational therapy, and optometry were to be introduced over her term, and the student population reached nearly 40,000 higher education students by year 2010.

On 8 April 2006 the then Prime Minister Mr John Howard announced that a new Medical School would be established at Deakin University. In his speech delivered at the Victorian Liberal Party State Council in Melbourne on 8 April 2006 he said: 'I am particularly pleased to announce the Medical School at Deakin University which will ensure the development of a strong rural and regional medical workforce throughout western Victorian region.'[6]

In 2007, the Toorak campus in Malvern was closed and sold as it was considered surplus to the University's requirements. Its resources and courses were relocated to new facilities at the Burwood campus. At this point, the Burwood campus became known as the Melbourne campus at Burwood.

On 1 May 2008, Victoria's third Medical School was officially opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia Mr Kevin Rudd and the then Victorian Premier Mr John Brumby.[7] The Medical School commenced with 120 Commonwealth supported medical students with Prof. Brendan Crotty being appointed the Foundation Head of the School of Medicine. There are now three Medical Schools in Victoria with the first being established at The University of Melbourne in 1862, and subsequently Monash University in 1958.

In 2008[8] Deakin introduced changes to its Academic term replacing the two-term semester system with the three-term trimester.[9]

In 2010, the University's sixth Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jane den Hollander arrived from Curtin University in Western Australia. The University introduced courses in Optometry to begin in 2012.

In 2011, the University appoints Prof. Harrison Weisinger as Foundation Director and Chair of Optometry.


Geelong Waterfront campus

Figure 1. Deakin University Geelong Waterfront campus in Geelong. 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 2,300 (A.D. 2010) students are based at the Geelong Waterfront campus which hosts the schools of: Architecture and Building, Health and Social Development and Nursing. The schools offer courses in architecture and construction management, nursing, occupational therapy and social work.

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[10] 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 campus at Waurn Ponds

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 4,700 (2010) pursuing courses in arts, business, education, engineering, management, media and communication, law, 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. On-campus accommodation is provided for 447 students in 40 units. Unit sizes vary from two bedrooms to 29 bedrooms. All units can be mixed gender and multicultural. 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's Medical School opened on this Campus in 2008 with 120 full-time graduate students. In 2009 around 250 students were studying Deakin's Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MBBS.

Melbourne campus at Burwood

Figure 2. Deakin University Melbourne campus at Burwood buildings
Figure 3. Deakin University Melbourne campus at Burwood central plaza

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 19,000 (2010) 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 200 students in a mixed gender and multicultural environment.

Warrnambool campus

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.

The campus has an on-campus student population of more than 1250 (2010) 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.

Off-campus study

Deakin University is a major provider of academic programs by distance education. Students undertaking their courses in this mode are generally classified as off-campus students, but many on-campus students also study off-campus units as part of their course. Students enrolled in off-campus units may study through one or more of the University's campuses at Geelong, Melbourne and Warrnambool. 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 the off-campus mode. Students enrolled in off-campus units study the same units as on-campus students except instead of attending lectures and classes, they receive course and study materials by post and online via the internet. Many courses have a residential component which provides opportunities for networking with other students and staff face-to-face. Deakin University is one of two Australian universities to be accredited with the Distance Education and Training Council of the United States.

Former campuses

Rusden campus

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 is located in Malvern and 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.[11]




Notable Associates of the University


Faculties, Schools and Research Centres

Faculty of Arts and Education

  • School of Communication and Creative Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of History Heritage and Society
  • School of International and Political Studies
  • Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
  • 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 and Technology

  • School of Architecture and Building
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences


  • Institute of Koorie Education
  • Institute of Teaching and Learning

Research institutes

  • Alfred Deakin Research Institute
  • Institute for Technology Research and Innovation

Strategic research centres

  • Centre for Comparative Social Research
  • Centre for Integrative Ecology
  • Centre for Biotechnology, Chemistry and Systems Biology
  • 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
  • Quality and Patient Safety Research
  • Molecular and Medical Research
  • Population Health

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.[14]

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".[15]

Deakin was also commended with seven Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards.

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

Former Notable faculty

  • Jim Kennan, Former Politician, Adjunct Professor of Law


Deakin is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities.[18] Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$35 million in 2010.[18]

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.

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.

Research centres and institutes


In 2009, 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
Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (pre-2010) 400 374 396 355 - -
THES (Post-2009) 400 - - - 399 381
QS World University Rankings (post-2009) 400 - - - 362
QS World University Rankings - Engineering and Technology[29] 300 - - - =272
QS World University Rankings - Natural Sciences (Chemistry)[30] 200 - - - - 151-200
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Economics)[31] 200 - - - - 151-200
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Sociology)[32] 200 - - - - 101-150
QS World University Rankings - Social Sciences (Accounting and Finance)[33] 200 - - - - 51-100
Russian Global University Ranking 500 - - 283-284
Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) MBA - - 5/5 5/5 5/5
Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) MBA(International) - - 4/5 5/5 5/5

The Australian Good Universities Guide publishes an annual rating of the status and standing of Australian universities. The university's status and standing for each criterion was:

Criteria 2000 2001[34] 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007[35]
Prestige 3/5 N/P N/P*
Student Demand 3/5 3/5 3/5
Non-government Earnings 3/5 5/5 5/5
Research Grants 2/5 3/5 3/5
Research Intensiveness N/P 2/5 2/5
Total Score 11/20 13/20 13/20

Note: N/P - No publication available.

Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas: Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science.

For each discipline, Deakin was ranked:[36]

Discipline R1* No. R2* No.
Arts & Humanities 17 35 17 35
Business & Economics 15 39 24 34
Education 6 35 8 32
Engineering 20 28 18 28
Law 20 29 20 28
Medicine** _ _ _ _
Science 24 38 27 31

.*R1 refers to Academics' rankings in tables 3.1 - 3.7 in the report. R2 refers to Articles and Research rankings in tables 5.1 - 5.7. No. refers to the number of institutions compared with Deakin.

.**As Deakin's Medical School will commence operations in 2008 there are no data available.

Deakin ranks 24 in Australia, 29 in the Oceania, and 609 in the world in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities:[37]

Deakin has not yet been ranked in the world rankings produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University[38]


DeakinPrime, the corporate education arm of Deakin University, is a pioneer and leader in the development of corporate education partnerships with organisations in Australia.

Many large Australian and international organisations are associated with DeakinPrime's activities.

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

Alumni (surname order)

Deakin University Student Association

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 are a wide range of groups/clubs for students to join and these groups vary from Campus to Campus. A full list of the groups can be found on DUSA's website.

See also


  1. ^ Australian National Business Schools
  2. ^ Commissioning of the Ramsay Committee
  3. ^ Legislation
  4. ^ Cabinet Records
  5. ^ Dalgety Destruction, 'The Story of Geelong', p.9 retrieved 23-11-2008
  6. ^ Prime Minister's announcement
  7. ^ Official Opening of Deakin Medical School
  8. ^ Trimester Triumph
  9. ^ Teaching and Learning
  10. ^ Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library
  11. ^ Save Stonnington!
  12. ^ Philosophical Fox on Philanthropy
  13. ^ Research
  14. ^ First University of the Year award
  15. ^ Second University of the Year award
  16. ^ Medical research award
  17. ^ Hodgson's Honour
  18. ^ a b Deakin University Research
  19. ^ Australian Centre on Quality of Life
  20. ^ Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
  21. ^ Centre for Health and Risk Behaviours and Mental Wellbeing
  22. ^ Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion
  23. ^ Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation
  24. ^ Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research
  25. ^ WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention
  26. ^ Deakin's top ranked MBA 2009
  27. ^ Deakin's World Ranking Breakthrough
  28. ^ Russian Rank
  29. ^ Top 300 in Engineering and Technology
  30. ^ Top 200 in Chemistry
  31. ^ Top 200 in Economics
  32. ^ Top 150 in Sociology
  33. ^ Top 100 in Accounting and Finance
  34. ^ THE AGE: The Good Universities Guide, 2001 edition
  35. ^ The Hobson Guides to universities: The Good Universities Guide, 2007 edition and previous editions
  36. ^ Melbourne Institute rankings
  37. ^ Deakin's Webometric ranking
  38. ^ Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  39. ^ Carolyn - from Uni' to Unicef
  40. ^ [1]
  41. ^ Miss India Australia
  42. ^,110,118&Author=55922

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