For only the second time since its inception, the Group of Eight (Go8) has today chosen to use paid media advertising (*attached) to communicate its views on the future of university research in Australia.
“As Australia’s leading research intensive universities, we feel strongly that what we can deliver for Australia and the world, in this new era of Government commitment to research and innovation - as set out in yesterday’s National Innovation and Science Agenda - is worth stating to the community,” says Group of Eight Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
Releasing its “Priority Directions” document for the next Government, the Group of Eight Universities (Go8) warns that any innovation agenda will fail without robust policy settings that prioritise universities in line with Australia’s innovative competitor nations such as Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and Singapore.
The Group of Eight (Go8), Australia’s group of leading research intensive universities welcomes the Government’s positive response to “The Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements” carried out by Dr Ian Watt.
“The Watt Review has made pertinent suggestions regarding the future of research funding and it is a positive step that the Government has been willing to endorse them,” says Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Go8.
The Group of Eight Universities (Go8) is pleased the Government has “hit the reset button” of Higher Education reforms with its Budget Options Paper “Driving Innovation Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education”.
“The Go8 called for this circuit breaker just over a year ago and the Government has now moved to reopen consultation,” says Dr Michael Spence Chair of the Go8.“As we now work through the options presented to us the sector at least has a stop-gap of badly-needed short term funding certainty.”
The Vice Chancellors of Australia’s eight leading Universities have, for the first time ever, co-signed paid advertising as a plea to the Senate.
Appearing in News Ltd and Fairfax publications today, Wednesday 11 March, the advertising describes as “dumb” the potential decision to cut vital research funding for the ‘clever country’.
The funding to the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) will be cut if the Senate does not pass the Higher Education fee deregulation legislative package that is currently before it.
The Australian Greens Science and Research Policy released today is a strong acknowledgement of the importance of research to the transitioning economy.
Australia’s leading research intensive universities, the Group of Eight says the policy outlined a series of initiatives to boost spending on research, including improved indirect cost support for basic research.
A commitment to increase spending on research and development by the Federal Opposition is welcomed but must be backed up by detail says Australia’s leading research universities.
The Group of Eight also welcomed Opposition plans to
The Group of Eight (Go8) has written to the organisers of Australia’s National Reform Summit urging them to ensure that the resourcing and strong growth of research - one of the most valuable of Australia’s economic and productivity foundation stones - is not forgotten in the determination to keep the summit “small”.
“The Go8 absolutely agrees with the media statement of Summit convenor Craig Emerson that ‘the more inclusive the summit, the more nebulous and less useful any summit statement will be’,” says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
The Group of Eight (Go8) is pleased to announce the appointment of distinguished businessman and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon as Chair of its “Industry and Innovation Board.”
The Board is a key plank of the Go8’s “Innovation 2016” agenda presented to Government in November 2015. The Board – whose private sector members will be announced shortly - will assist drive the Go8’s escalating involvement in Australia’s innovation ecosystem.