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Strategic Partnerships Office


The League of European Research Universities   

LERU is an organisation of 23 leading European research universities. Its main purpose is to advocate, at both a national and European level, for the importance of basic research and to articulate the vital role of universities in society. It has become an important contributor to European policy discussions on higher education and research. Central to LERU’s work is the publication of policy papers and statements, as well as the organisation of events and meetings. LERU provides a valuable forum for members to share expertise, experience, news, and good practice.

Representatives from LERU’s varied policy and thematic subject groups meet in person (and more recently online) throughout the year, and university leaders convene annually at the rectors’ assembly.

The current Cambridge senior officer for LERU is Dr Jon Sudholt.

LERU Website

The International Association of Research Universities


IARU comprises 11 research-intensive universities spread throughout the globe, from California and South Africa to Australia and Japan. IARU exists to facilitate joint working on key issues for the university sector, to support research that addresses pressing global challenges, and to enable international student exchange. The current Chair of IARU is Dr. Makoto Gonokami, the President of the University of Tokyo, and the current Cambridge IARU senior officer is Dr Karen Kennedy.

IARU Website