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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06 May 2020 | Funding, Research
University researchers are playing a major role in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery. But with universities facing a major reduction in revenue in 2020, the longer-term future of Australian research appears uncertain.
01 May 2020 | Students
The IRU has published a short paper on the impact of COVID-19 on Year 12 school outcomes and the challenges this creates for university selection of the 2020 school leaver cohort.
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.