IUA’s Role

The Irish Universities Association (IUA) is the representative organisation for the seven Irish Universities.

The IUA is the voice of the university sector and is committed to:

• clearly and publicly articulating the importance and value of university education
• acting as an advocate for the university system
• providing effective liaison and dialogue with the State and its agencies
• ensuring the system is resourced and prepared for the challenges of the future
• developing sectoral policies and strategies
• maximising the contribution of higher education in all its dimensions to society and the economy.

The organisation hosts important shared services in researcher mobility, widening participation, the development of engaged teaching and research and internationalisation. 

Our core values are: commitment, professionalism, community, pride in and enjoyment of our work.

In terms of legal structure we are a company limited by guarantee, having charitable status. Our board of Directors and Council is comprised of the Presidents and Provost of the Universities.

Under the governance of our Council, we operate through a network of standing committees, sub committees and working groups, sharing information, approaches to problems and issues in addition to collaborating on projects designed to maximise the efficiency of resources across the sector.

Our core funding is supplied on an annual subscription basis by our members, with the individual subscriptions being varied to reflect the scale of enrolments in each institution. We are also in receipt of project funding from the European Commission, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Higher Education Authority. You can find details of our funding here.