LERU articulates the universities’ interests to EU politicians
LERU’s main purpose is to articulate the research-intensive universities’ interests to politicians and others in power at the EU level. It has been successful as a lobbying organisation and university representative.
This network also creates tremendous opportunities for collaboration and exchanging experiences and good practice in issues involving research and higher education. LERU membership is one of the cornerstones of the University’s strategy for international contacts and collaborations.
Rectors' Assembly 2015
The Rectors' Assembly is the highest authority within LERU, where vice-chancellors from the LERU member universities convene twice a year. Deputy vice-chancellor Eva Wiberg represented Lund University in the 2015 assembly, which took place in May at the Université de Genève.
The next assembly will be held at the Imperial College London in November 2015.
LERU’s efforts to bring the research universities’ interests to the forefront include organising working groups for collaboration on issues related to research and higher education. Lund University is a participant in all working groups. LERU Communities are permanent, they have 1–2 meetings per year and usually involve one representative from each university.
LERU Communities are organised in the following areas:
- Chief Information Officers
- Directors of Communication
- Doctoral Studies
- Enterprise and Innovation
- European Research Project Managers
- Research Careers
- Senior Officers
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Vice-Rectors for Teaching and Learning
- Vice-Rectors for Research
LERU Working Groups
LERU Working Groups are fixed-period projects that provide documentation on a current and relevant issue to be presented to the EU. LERU groups can be initiated by vice-chancellors, the LERU office or a member university. Individual staff members can also establish groups for collaboration with colleagues at other LERU member universities. The group must be approved by the vice-chancellors.
Current LERU Working Groups are:
- Ethics in Horizon 2020
- Law Deans
- Charitable Funding
- Deans of Theology & Religious Studies
- Deans of Natural Sciences
Publications on research and higher education
LERU produces various types of publications on topics involving research and higher education.
LERU Doctoral Summer School
A LERU Doctoral Summer School that addresses a specific topic is organised every year. The hosting of the summer school rotates among the member universities. Generally, two or three doctoral students from each university participate. The annual LERU Bright Student Conference is organised in the same manner.