Conor is the Executive Director of the IRU. He is a leader in policy and strategy across the education and training sectors, and has written extensively on higher education and tertiary education issues
The Government case that universities can sustain further reductions in revenue rests on false assertions about the financial robustness of universities and over egged claims about the value of Government funding over the past decade and its additional expenditure over the coming four years.
Universities are not rolling in gold: Average funding per student
and other funding facts
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25 Mar 2019 | Executive Director Comment, Funding, Students
It is ten years since the demand driven system for funding university places was announced. The Government wanted to ensure that all Australians had the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills in the fields that drive them, as the basis for productive contribution to Australia’s future. To mark the tenth anniversary of demand driven funding, the IRU has published a report analysing the system’s key achievements.
23 Nov 2018 | Education, Students
The IRU recently published a discussion paper, Towards a tertiary future, outlining our vision for tertiary education in Australia.
A supplemental paper has now been published by the IRU, digging further into the data round applications, acceptance and completions.
This includes breakdowns by state, gender, socioeconomic group and metro/non-metro areas.
21 Nov 2018 | Executive Director Comment
The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has published its contribution to the tertiary debate in a discussion paper titled ‘Towards a Tertiary Future’ (published 21 November 2018). In it, the IRU makes the case for a coherent tertiary education system that ensures each person has the opportunity and incentive to get the vocational and higher education qualifications, skills and knowledge to which they aspire.