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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 of Research Block Grants over three years from 2019-20. The IRU estimates this is around Read more

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 night, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said a Labor Government would launch a major review of Read more

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 Stirling said: “The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences represent crucial components of Australia’s research landscape. 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

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

05 Oct 2018

University chiefs set to consider future role of campuses at IRU Senior Leaders Forum


Seventy senior university executives will come together next week (8-10 October) to discuss the evolving role of higher education precincts in urban areas and universities’ challenge to keep physical campuses relevant in the digital age. Vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, deans, directors Read more

10 Sep 2018

New publication: Malaysia collaboration case studies


The IRU has launched a new booklet featuring four case studies from its collaboration with the Malaysia Research Universities Network (MRUN). 'The implications of Digital Learning' reports on the joint 'Teaching and Learning' projects undertaken by IRU and MRUN universities Read more

04 Sep 2018

IRU supports Labor funding announcement


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network has welcomed Labor’s announcement today that a Labor Government will boost funding underpinning low socioeconomic (SES) university attainment. Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek said the money will go towards “mentoring, support, and other specialised Read more

27 Aug 2018

New ministers must bring coherence and stability back to university funding, says IRU


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has welcomed the announcement of Dan Tehan MP and Karen Andrews MP as the new Ministers for Education and Training; and the new Minister for Industry, Science and Technology respectively. Both ministers are well-placed Read more

06 Aug 2018

Universities need more freedom over research decisions: IRU


The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group, which represents seven comprehensive universities across Australia, has called on the Government to give universities more flexibility about how they spend billions of dollars of research funding each year. Of the $5.3 billion in Read more