The IRU Universities are distinctive in their commitment to broadening participation in higher education providing a quality valuable lifelong education base for all our graduates. We draw our students from suburban, peri-urban, regional and remote areas of Australia, with high proportions of disadvantaged and ‘first in family’ students. At the same time, we are also research intensive and innovative in the way we address some common problems in higher education.

As a group the IRU members are confronting the challenges of the digital economy which is both changing the nature of work for most and opening up many opportunities to change how university education is enjoyed.

The IRU Vice-Chancellors Fellow, Associate Professor Jessica Vanderlelie is leading our response to this challenge.

IRU is committed to ensuring effective standards of assessment across all our courses.  The IRU Academic Calibration Program is a practical sign of our commitment and the potential from universities working together.  Through the Program each university gets considered feedback from academic staff in another university about the standard of work required for each assessment outcomes.

Academic Calibration Project

The Academic Calibration Process (ACP) is an external peer review process that is undertaken in collaboration with other Innovative Research Universities.

ACP is as an inter-institutional quality process aims to provide a comparable review and constructive feedback for selected higher education units to:

  • demonstrate the appropriateness of the standards of learning outcomes and grades awarded in IRU universities
  • maintain and improve the academic standards of IRU
  • enable comparisons of learning outcomes in similar subjects across IRU
  • promote discussion on good practice in learning and teaching across IRU.


Academic Calibration has four key components


The benefits of evaluating and improving units is at its core of benefit to students who participate in the units.

Being an active participant in the calibration process also has a number of benefits at academic and organisational level.

Further Information

Information Guides

The following information guides are available to give you detailed information on the process by role, and answer any particular questions you may have:

  • FAQ for Prospective Participants []
  • Unit Coordinator Guide []
  • Calibrator Guide []
  • Guide for Schools and Faculties []

University Contacts

Each IRU University has a dedicated ACP coordinator you can get in touch to discuss having your unit calibrated, or becoming a calibrator:

Abbey Murray Charles Darwin University
Alison Black Murdoch University
Anna Smith Flinders University
Cecilia Arrigoni Griffith University
Mariana Van Niekerk James Cook University
Regan Marten La Trobe University


IRU Contact

The IRU welcomes other institutions to participate in the calibration process.  If you are interested in participating please contact the IRU Calibration Coordinator, Abbey Murray: