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University research capacity will be permanently damaged if long-term funding reforms are not coupled with short-term support to plug funding gaps, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has warned. Education Minister Dan Tehan has convened a ‘research sustainability’ group to look at new ways of funding university research in the wake of the coronavirus crisis Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group is pleased the Government has responded to university requests to recommence processing international student visas in preparation for the re-opening of Australia’s borders and ensured that students affected by COVID-19 restrictions will still have access to post-study work visas. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge MP and Education Minister Dan Tehan Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has supported the Government’s plan to meet growing demand for university education through additional university places. Responding to changes outlined by Minister for Education Dan Tehan at a Press Club speech on Friday (19 June 2020), the IRU said Australia needs its higher education system to be working to Read more

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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 next IRU Senior Leaders Forum is due to take place at Griffith University in 2020. Further details will be announced to delegates in due course.

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27 Jul 2020

Research capacity will be permanently damaged without short-term gap funding


University research capacity will be permanently damaged if long-term funding reforms are not coupled with short-term support to plug funding gaps, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has warned. Education Minister Dan Tehan has convened a ‘research sustainability’ group to Read more

20 Jul 2020

Government support for international students: IRU response


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group is pleased the Government has responded to university requests to recommence processing international student visas in preparation for the re-opening of Australia’s borders and ensured that students affected by COVID-19 restrictions will still have Read more

21 Jun 2020

Expansion for university places major step ahead – but watch out for the unintended consequences


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has supported the Government’s plan to meet growing demand for university education through additional university places. Responding to changes outlined by Minister for Education Dan Tehan at a Press Club speech on Friday (19 Read more

19 May 2020

Victorian Government university investment fund is good news – now other states should follow


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $350 million ‘Higher Education State Investment Fund’ announced today (19 May 2020). Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney and Treasurer Tim Pallas said the Read more

14 May 2020

20 ways IRU members are supporting the battle against COVID-19


The Innovative Research Universities group has compiled a snapshot list of 20 ways its members are supporting the battle against Coronavirus in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The list illustrates the vital role IRU members are playing throughout the Read more

06 May 2020

Don’t let research be another victim of COVID


The IRU’s Executive Director Conor King has published a comment article about the risks to Australian research funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In it, Mr King points out that, even though universities are at the forefront of efforts to Read more

05 May 2020

IRU paper: Year 12 outcomes and university selection under COVID


The IRU has published a short paper on the impact of COVID-19 on Year 12 school outcomes and the challenges this creates for university selection of the 2020 school leaver cohort. COVID-19 has forced each of Australia’s school systems to Read more

04 May 2020

New JobKeeper changes “the final twist of the knife” for universities


New amendments to JobKeeper funding rules are “the final twist of the knife for universities” struggling to maintain staff through the COVID-19 crisis, says the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group. Under changes to the JobKeeper program announced by the Treasurer Read more

23 Apr 2020

IRU universities excel in THE global impact rankings


Innovative Research Universities (IRU) members have been praised for their global impact after making the top four of this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The rankings chart universities’ impact against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Read more

12 Apr 2020

Guaranteed student revenue an important first step for university sector


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has responded to Education Minister Dan Tehan’s statement today on financial support for the higher education sector: In response to the Education Minister’s statement, IRU Executive Director Conor King said: “Australia needs a robust Read more