New resource highlights IRU research success


CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, today launched the IRU National Innovation Case Study Collection that details more than 100 best practice innovations for student and graduate success.

The IRU National Innovation Case Study Collection is the first digital repository of its kind and includes 10 Charles Darwin University projects.

IRU Vice-Chancellors’ Fellow Associate Professor Jessica Vanderelie said the collection showcased the extraordinary ingenuity of the member universities to prepare students and graduates to meet the challenges of work-life.

“No longer do we accept a courtesy visit to the careers office post exams and pre-graduation; IRU members are working to support student and graduate employability from the moment students step on campus or click to enrol,” she said.

IRU Executive Director Conor King said the organisation was leading best practice in this space through the IRU Vice-Chancellors’ Fellowship.

“Associate Professor Vanderlelie has created this open source repository to share good practice across all Australian universities,” he said.

“Thanks to the demand driven system, university is more accessible to more people than ever before. We welcome this. We support education for all those who seek to avail of it.”

Mr King said that demand, along with the digital revolution, had meant that universities were able to and required to re-design the student experience for success now and into the future.

The publicly available resource encourages broader collaboration across the sector and provides a powerful means through which to prevent institutions “reinventing the wheel”.

Within the repository, case studies are presented across 20 high-level themes, each providing a detailed summary of the rationale for the innovation, description of the activity and the impact this work has made on students, institutional activities and the community.

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