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Professor Eeva Leinonen, Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network, has welcomed the report into Performance-based funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme, saying the IRU will work constructively with the Government to get the performance-funding formula right. Vice-Chancellors from Australian universities were invited to discuss the report’s implications with the Education Minister in Wollongong Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network is intensifying its focus on health and medical research with the appointment of a new IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow for Medical Research. Brendon Douglas, previously the Director of Research at Charles Darwin University, will provide high level coordination and strategic advice to the seven IRU universities, as well as Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network has set out its full response to the Productivity Commission report on university demand driven funding. The IRU says the major outcome from the report is that it highlights the important links from schooling to university as one part of tertiary education and training. However, the IRU points out Read more

Events

15-17 July 2019

2019 IRU Senior Leaders Forum

The annual IRU Senior Leaders Forum took place at Charles Darwin University between 15-17 July 2019, focused on a theme of international education. Delegates for the Forum were nominated by IRU member universities.

The next IRU Senior Leaders Forum is due to take place at Griffith University in Queensland in 2020, with further details to be announced.

All News

08 Aug 2019

Performance-based funding proposals: IRU response


Professor Eeva Leinonen, Chair of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network, has welcomed the report into Performance-based funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme, saying the IRU will work constructively with the Government to get the performance-funding formula right. Vice-Chancellors from Read more

24 Jul 2019

IRU appoints new health and medical research Fellow


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network is intensifying its focus on health and medical research with the appointment of a new IRU Vice Chancellors’ Fellow for Medical Research. Brendon Douglas, previously the Director of Research at Charles Darwin University, will Read more

18 Jun 2019

Productivity Commission report on demand driven funding: IRU response


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network has set out its full response to the Productivity Commission report on university demand driven funding. The IRU says the major outcome from the report is that it highlights the important links from schooling Read more

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