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The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) welcomes the University of Canberra (UC) to its ranks and names Paul Harris as the new Executive Director. From today, the University of Canberra is a member of the IRU, bringing the network’s membership to eight and its footprint to include all of mainland Australia. “The University of Canberra is Read more

The Federal Government’s approval of international student return plans in South Australia is welcomed by the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) as an important step in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery. The IRU looks forward to an announcement from the Commonwealth Government regarding New South Wales’ international student return proposal. We see these are the first of several Read more

International education is part of the broad mission of Australian universities to educate people no matter their background, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said in response to today’s speech by Education Minister The Hon. Alan Tudge MP. Mr Tudge’s speech explores important issues regarding a major element of universities’ mission to deliver education Read more

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IRU Senior Leaders Forum

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.

Due to the limitations of COVID-19, the forum is currently on hold. 

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01 Sep 2021

New beginnings as IRU welcomes a new member and a new Executive Director


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) welcomes the University of Canberra (UC) to its ranks and names Paul Harris as the new Executive Director. From today, the University of Canberra is a member of the IRU, bringing the network’s membership to Read more

24 Jun 2021

IRU welcomes Commonwealth approval of international student return plans


The Federal Government’s approval of international student return plans in South Australia is welcomed by the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) as an important step in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery. The IRU looks forward to an announcement from the Commonwealth Government regarding Read more

04 Jun 2021

Search for successor begins as IRU executive director completes term


Conor King, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU)’s executive director, has announced he will complete his term on 30 July 2021.  A recruitment process to select his successor is now under way. Over nearly 11 years Mr King’s tenure as Executive Read more

31 Mar 2021

International education is part of Australian universities’ core mission to educate


International education is part of the broad mission of Australian universities to educate people no matter their background, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said in response to today’s speech by Education Minister The Hon. Alan Tudge MP. Mr Read more

26 Feb 2021

IRU welcomes Government agenda for greater research commercialisation


Government plans to improve the commercialisation of research provide a welcome Government agenda for 2021, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said – but the Government must provide additional support to make it happen. Speaking at The University of Read more

23 Feb 2021

Benefits increase a welcome boost for students and universities


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed confirmation that a $50 per fortnight increase in jobseeker benefits will also apply to students claiming Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Austudy. The Prime Minister announced a package of changes to unemployment benefits Read more

19 Feb 2021

Don’t leave students out of benefits increase


Students claiming Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY and Austudy must be included in Government plans to permanently raise the value of welfare payments, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has said. According to media reports today (19 February 2021), the Government is Read more

29 Jan 2021

Are universities over-reliant on China?


The IRU has published a new briefing assessing the often-used claim that Australian universities are overly reliant on Chinese international students as a revenue stream. “In 2019, 133,000 Chinese international students studied at universities in Australia, making up 13% of Read more

28 Jan 2021

Carolyn Evans appointed new chair of IRU group


Griffith University Vice-Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans has become the new chair of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group. Professor Evans takes over the position from Murdoch University Vice-Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen, who was IRU chair through 2019 and 2020. The Read more

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