LERU’s policy development activities are undertaken at the request of the Rectors’ Assembly. Policy Groups, Thematic Groups and Network Groups, consisting of LERU Vice-Rectors or other senior members of staff, are established as needed to help elaborate LERU policy positions and are instrumental in producing papers, notes, advisory letters or round tables. The various activities of these groups are coordinated by the LERU Office. Additional activities such as the Doctoral Summer School are organised in collaboration with an organising member university.


To pursue its goals effectively, LERU maintains a dialogue and cooperates with EU-related organisations active in the higher education and research arena. These include the bodies of the European Union, the European Research Council, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, partners of the ERA stakeholders platform and others. LERU monitors and influences the developments of relevant EU policy programmes and initiatives.