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Research and education partnerships between Australian universities and international institutions remain at risk following the publication of the parliamentary inquiry report into the proposed Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee report, published today (5 November), considers the Read more

IRU members are celebrating after winning $3.4 million of new funding for research into Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, history and culture – 29% of all the money awarded through the program. Education Minister Dan Tehan announced yesterday that 14 IRU member projects will be funded through the Government’s Special Research Initiative Read more

IRU statement on the Job-Ready Graduates Bill With the passage of the Government’s Job-Ready Graduates package through Parliament it is now for universities and the Government to ensure the best outcome over coming years. We need to take advantage of the strong elements of the package and work to minimise the impact of the weaknesses Read more

Events

IRU Senior Leaders Forum

The IRU is a network of seven Australian universities. As such, it does not host regular events for non-members.

The IRU hosts an annual IRU Senior Leaders Forum each year where members can discuss issues of current and future strategic importance. Delegates are nominated by IRU member universities, dependent on the topics due to be discussed.

The 2020 IRU Senior Leaders Forum has been postponed due to COVID-19. The next Forum will take place in 2021. Further details will be announced to delegates in due course. 

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05 Nov 2020

International research and education remain at threat from proposed foreign relations laws


Research and education partnerships between Australian universities and international institutions remain at risk following the publication of the parliamentary inquiry report into the proposed Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. Read more

15 Oct 2020

IRU celebrates new funding for research into Australian society, history and culture


IRU members are celebrating after winning $3.4 million of new funding for research into Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, history and culture – 29% of all the money awarded through the program. Education Minister Dan Tehan announced Read more

09 Oct 2020

Making the most of Job-ready graduates


IRU statement on the Job-Ready Graduates Bill With the passage of the Government’s Job-Ready Graduates package through Parliament it is now for universities and the Government to ensure the best outcome over coming years. We need to take advantage of Read more

08 Oct 2020

Major step towards a new research funding system


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) congratulates the Government for recognising the need for a major investment in research across 2021 to ensure our research system continues. The Government’s commitment of an additional one billion dollars to the Research Support Program Read more

06 Oct 2020

Job-Ready Graduates or not, senators must unfreeze university funding


Federal senators must find a way to unfreeze university funding whether the Job-Ready Graduates Bill passes through Parliament this week or not, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. As the JRG package is currently presented, universities face a Read more

02 Oct 2020

Higher education red tape has doubled since 2004


“Quality and accountability” regulations for Government supported higher education providers have more than doubled in volume since 2004 and will grow even further if the Job-Ready Graduates Bill passes through Parliament next week without amendments, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Read more

29 Sep 2020

Budget 2020: Invest in research, fix JRG


Next week’s Covid-19 recovery Budget should include major investments in university research and sensible changes to the Government’s Job-Ready Graduate (JRG) funding package, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group says. Ahead of Budget day on 6 October, the IRU is Read more

28 Sep 2020

Don’t suffocate international partnerships with red tape


Australian universities’ international research, commercial opportunities and even student foreign exchange trips will be suffocated by red tape if proposals for a register of foreign activity go ahead as planned, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. Under draft Read more

17 Sep 2020

The Senate has three choices not two: The Job-Ready Graduates Bill


The Senate has three choices not two. The choice is not between the two bad options of the JRG package as presented or continuation of the frozen system imposed from 2018. The Senate can do what it has done many Read more

15 Sep 2020

Four things to fix in JRG legislation: IRU


Senators must fix four major weaknesses in the Job-Ready Graduates legislation before letting it pass through Parliament, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. In a written submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Read more