FEATURED NEWS ARTICLES

IRU’s Executive Director Conor King has a comment piece in the Higher Education section of today’s edition of The Australian, reflecting on six years of Coalition government budgets. The full published text of the article is below – or you can read online at The Australian ($). Non-medical research loses again Across six budgets from Read more

The industries making the most use of high-quality university research have been revealed via the Australian Research Council (ARC) ‘Engagement and Impact’ assessment released today. The Engagement and Impact assessment provides the balance to the Excellence in Research for Australia assessment released earlier this week. It shows how and where the research is translated into Read more

Ten years ago in May 2009, the then Government’s 2009 Federal Budget announced the uncapping of the number of funded places for undergraduate study. The uncapping of places became known as the “demand driven” system of higher education funding. The demand driven system ended in late 2017 when the Commonwealth Grant Scheme was frozen at Read more

Events

9-10 October 2018

2018 IRU Senior Leaders Forum

The annual IRU Senior Leaders Forum took place at Western Sydney University on 9 and 10 October 2018. Delegates for the Forum were nominated by IRU member universities. Full details of the event can be found on the Senior Leaders Forum 2018 page.

The next IRU Senior Leaders Forum is due to take place in July 2019. Further details to be announced.

All News

10 Apr 2019

IRU comment piece in The Australian


IRU’s Executive Director Conor King has a comment piece in the Higher Education section of today’s edition of The Australian, reflecting on six years of Coalition government budgets. The full published text of the article is below – or you Read more

29 Mar 2019

Engagement and impact assessment shows which industries take up research


The industries making the most use of high-quality university research have been revealed via the Australian Research Council (ARC) ‘Engagement and Impact’ assessment released today. The Engagement and Impact assessment provides the balance to the Excellence in Research for Australia Read more

27 Mar 2019

ERA proves Australian research is worth investing in


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has congratulated Australia’s researchers for the improved 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results released today, which the IRU says proves the benefits of continued investment in the sector. The seven IRU universities Read more

25 Mar 2019

IRU report: Impact of the Demand Driven System


Ten years ago in May 2009, the then Government’s 2009 Federal Budget announced the uncapping of the number of funded places for undergraduate study. The uncapping of places became known as the “demand driven” system of higher education funding. The Read more

30 Jan 2019

Murdoch VC Eeva Leinonen becomes new IRU Chair


Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University Professor Eeva Leinonen has begun a new role as Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group for 2019 and 2020. Professor Leinonen takes up the position from Flinders University VC Colin Stirling who has completed Read more

17 Dec 2018

MYEFO hits universities with $130m a year funding cut


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group says universities are facing “another budget horror” after further cuts of $130 million each year were published in MYEFO documents today. The MYEFO papers state the Government will chop a total of $328.5 out Read more

29 Nov 2018

Tertiary education reviews must take whole sector approach


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed new commitments to tertiary education by both major political parties – but cautioned that any reviews must take a whole sector approach. In a speech at the Australian Academy of Science last Read more

21 Nov 2018

IRU publishes its vision for a tertiary future


Creating a coherent and stable tertiary education system should be a priority for the Australian Government following the 2019 election, Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has argued in a new discussion paper published by the group today (21 November 2018). Towards Read more

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