Investment in university infrastructure will benefit the nation

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia congratulates the Australian Government on its Nation Building package which will provide over $1 billion to Australia’s universities to fund teaching and learning infrastructure projects and fast-track funding allocations through the Education Investment Fund (EIF).

“Australia’s universities play a vital role in nation building through their production of graduates, conduct of research and significant contributions to intellectual, social, cultural and economic advancement,” IRU Australia Chair, Professor John Yovich, said today.

IRU Australia announces Chair for 2009-2010

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia today announced that Professor Sandra Harding, the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University (JCU), will take up the Chair of the university network for a 2 year term from 1 January 2009.

Professor Sandra Harding joined JCU as Vice-Chancellor and President in January 2007. Between 1997 and 2006, she held a number of senior executive roles at the Queensland University of Technology, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development) and (executive) Dean of the Faculty of Business.

Student support services central to quality graduate outcomes

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia strongly supports the announcement by the Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, that the Australian government will assist universities to restore and deliver essential student support services.

“Our member universities are committed to optimising graduate outcomes and this requires much more than the delivery of high quality learning and teaching and research training. Support services in areas such as child care, counselling, health, employment and housing are all critical to student retention and academic progress and are key factors in ensuring equitable access to higher education”, IRU Australia National Convenor, Professor John Yovich, said today.

A Broad Tertiary Education and Training Sector: What could we ask of a Higher Education review?

If in ten to twenty years’ time we want to remember 2008 and Bradley as a useful short hand for a notable change in the approach to higher education we need the Review to propose a coherent model for a future higher education system which addresses the Government’s objectives and which will be robust for one to two decades rather than three to five years.

The Review of Australian Higher Education: A panel analysis and discussion, University of Melbourne seminar, 2008.

A Review to remember? A Review to forget? Ensuring we make the most of the Bradley Review

Conor King, Institutional Strategist, Victoria University, 14 July 2008

The Discussion Paper for the Review of Higher Education led by Professor Denise Bradley provides a guide to the issues which need resolution but provides few hints to the Review’s likely outcomes. The challenge is not the answers to the individual questions of the Discussion Paper but how the Review team can bring together a coherent set of answers.

Seminar presentation at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Ideas and Issues in Higher Education Seminars, 2008.