Conor King, executive director of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU), wants the government to know that universities aren’t as cashed up as many assume. Also, he contends, the government’s other presumptions on which university funding plans are based are false.
For example, although there has been funding indexation, universities’ costs far exceed this. Further, King says, Simon Birmingham’s statement that per-student funding has risen is not backed by evidence. By comparing our government’s funding proposal with that of England (graph below), King says ours is clearly askew.
Representing the IRU – which consists of Murdoch, La Trobe, James Cook, Griffith, Flinders and Charles Darwin universities – King fleshed out these points in a chat with Campus Review. He also offered an outline of the IRU’s alternative university funding model, which you can read more about here.Do you have an idea for a story?
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