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Deakin wins equity and community engagement awards

November 25th, 2020

Deakin University has been recognised with two awards in the Australian Financial Review’s 2020 Higher Education Awards.

The university won the Equity and Opportunity Award for its Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE), which helps refugees find work at the university and funding for their study. The program is supported by the Bennelong Foundation, the Helen-Smith Macpherson Trust, the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education and the Department of Home Affairs.

The Centre also offered career clinics and a mentoring program this year to connect refugee students with potential employers to help rebuild their careers.

Deakin also received the Community Engagement Award for a teaching program aimed at children with developmental difficulties. The AllPlay Learn was launched last year by Nicole Rinehart, the director of the Deakin Child Study Centre, and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The program was rolled out this year across Victorian early childhood centres and government primary and secondary schools.

Professor Rinehart described AllPlay as bringing "research, sport, dance and education together so kids of all abilities can participate, including the one in five children who have a developmental challenge or disability".

“The Victorian Department of Education has provided unparalleled support and scale for AllPlay Learn, ‘’ Professor Rinehart said.

Professor Rineheart said the Learn program was the culmination of many years of work, supported by long-term partners including the AFL and the Queensland Ballet, plus philanthropic support from friends of AllPlay, including Moose Toys.

Former Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Jane den Hollander AO was also honoured with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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