University research capacity will be permanently damaged if long-term funding reforms are not coupled with short-term support to plug funding gaps, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has warned. Education Minister Dan Tehan has convened a ‘research sustainability’ group to look at new ways of funding university research in the wake of the coronavirus crisis Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group is pleased the Government has responded to university requests to recommence processing international student visas in preparation for the re-opening of Australia’s borders and ensured that students affected by COVID-19 restrictions will still have access to post-study work visas. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge MP and Education Minister Dan Tehan Read more

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has supported the Government’s plan to meet growing demand for university education through additional university places. Responding to changes outlined by Minister for Education Dan Tehan at a Press Club speech on Friday (19 June 2020), the IRU said Australia needs its higher education system to be working to Read more


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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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

05 Feb 2020

Free suite of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) resources now online

A free suite of resources to help prepare students, university staff and workplace supervisors for work integrated learning (WIL) has been uploaded to the IRU website. More than 30 learning modules, documents, videos and articles have been added to the Read more

23 Jan 2020

Australia-Malaysia research collaborations showcased in new IRU booklet

Eleven research collaborations between Australian and Malaysian researchers are showcased in a new booklet published by the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) network. The featured research projects were jointly undertaken by universities from across the IRU and the Malaysia Research Universities Read more

16 Dec 2019

What do final school results really tell us?

The following article by IRU Executive Director Conor King has been published as a comment piece by Education Review. Read the original article With the recent release of VCE results, parents across Victoria have been eagerly hoping to find out Read more

14 Oct 2019

Learner Facing Analytics report

The IRU has published a new report exploring student understandings and concerns in relation to the collection and use of learning analytics. Titled “Learner Facing Analytics: Analysis of Student Perspectives”, the report is the result of a two-year student-focused project Read more

23 Sep 2019

Joint statement in support of scientific peer review

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 Read more

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