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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 new fund will support universities with capital works, applied research and research partnerships to support Read more

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 pandemic, including: development of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) vaccines manufacturing face masks and other personal protection equipment Read more

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 recover from COVID-19, future research could be cut as state governments and businesses come under 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 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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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

08 Apr 2020

IRU statement on status of Year 12


Year 12 goes ahead – and so will 2021 university entry, says IRU The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has released a statement regarding the status of Year 12 high school students, whose study has been interrupted by the Coronavirus Read more

06 Apr 2020

IRU members pledge hardship support for students –Government now needs to do its bit


The seven universities of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group have pledged new support for students facing financial hardship, offering food packages, emergency cash and fee waivers to help students through the COVID-19 crisis. Some universities have also set up Read more

24 Mar 2020

Student Coronavirus payments a good outcome


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed confirmation that university students will be eligible for the Government’s fortnightly $550 Coronavirus supplement, initially available to jobseekers but not students. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed yesterday evening that the special ‘Coronavirus Read more