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The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group is urging Senators to vote down a proposed charge on administering student loans that will cost Australian universities millions of dollars a year. The Government is set to introduce the levy as a “cost recovery” measure to claw back spending on the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) accessed by Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has demanded a full explanation from the Government following news that former Education Minister Simon Birmingham blocked 11 humanities projects from receiving research funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). IRU Chair Professor Colin Stirling said: “The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences represent crucial components of Australia’s research landscape. Read more

Seventy senior university executives will come together next week (8-10 October) to discuss the evolving role of higher education precincts in urban areas and universities’ challenge to keep physical campuses relevant in the digital age. Vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, deans, directors and other senior managers from across the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network will contribute to Read more

Events

9-10 October 2018

2018 IRU Senior Leaders Forum

The annual IRU Senior Leaders Forum will take place at Western Sydney University on 9 and 10 October 2018. Delegates for the Forum are nominated by IRU member universities.

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02 Nov 2018

Senate urged to vote down student loan ‘cost recovery’ levy


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group is urging Senators to vote down a proposed charge on administering student loans that will cost Australian universities millions of dollars a year. The Government is set to introduce the levy as a “cost Read more

26 Oct 2018

Education Minister ought to judge a book by more than its cover


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has demanded a full explanation from the Government following news that former Education Minister Simon Birmingham blocked 11 humanities projects from receiving research funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC). IRU Chair Professor Colin Read more

05 Oct 2018

University chiefs set to consider future role of campuses at IRU Senior Leaders Forum


Seventy senior university executives will come together next week (8-10 October) to discuss the evolving role of higher education precincts in urban areas and universities’ challenge to keep physical campuses relevant in the digital age. Vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, deans, directors Read more

10 Sep 2018

New publication: Malaysia collaboration case studies


The IRU has launched a new booklet featuring four case studies from its collaboration with the Malaysia Research Universities Network (MRUN). 'The implications of Digital Learning' reports on the joint 'Teaching and Learning' projects undertaken by IRU and MRUN universities Read more

04 Sep 2018

IRU supports Labor funding announcement


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network has welcomed Labor’s announcement today that a Labor Government will boost funding underpinning low socioeconomic (SES) university attainment. Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek said the money will go towards “mentoring, support, and other specialised Read more

27 Aug 2018

New ministers must bring coherence and stability back to university funding, says IRU


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed the announcement of Dan Tehan MP and Karen Andrews MP as the new Ministers for Education and Training; and the new Minister for Industry, Science and Technology respectively. Both ministers are well-placed Read more

06 Aug 2018

Universities need more freedom over research decisions: IRU


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group, which represents seven comprehensive universities across Australia, has called on the Government to give universities more flexibility about how they spend billions of dollars of research funding each year. Of the $5.3 billion in Read more

12 Jul 2018

Australian researchers’ productivity boom


University researchers have provided Australia with a research productivity boom, according to new analysis by the Innovative Research Universities (IRU), including more than doubling their research output compared to just a decade ago. The IRU has found the total number Read more

26 Jun 2018

Times Higher Education covers IRU regional students story


The IRU’s analysis of regional enrollment data has been covered in a Times Higher Education story: Australia’s freezing of teaching funding has put an end to a growth spurt in higher education in rural areas, universities have warned. Newly compiled Read more

26 Jun 2018

33,000 more students for regional Australia – so why stop now?


The number of students enrolled at university campuses in regional Australia has grown by around 33,000 in five years, according to new analysis by the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) – though further growth will be hard because there is no Read more