The IRU has given its backing to the following statement in support of scientific peer review, coordinated by the National Research and Innovation Alliance (NRIA): Australia cannot afford to compromise the principles underpinning scientific research The National Research and Innovation Alliance resolutely takes the view that benefits to the nation and the advancement of knowledge Read more

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


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.

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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