LERU’s policy development activities are undertaken at the request of the Rectors’ Assembly. Committees, communities and working groups, consisting of LERU Rectors, Vice-Rectors or other senior members of staff, are established as needed to help elaborate LERU policy positions and are instrumental in producing policy papers, advisory letters, round tables, etc. The activities of the various committees, communities and working groups are coordinated by the LERU Office. Additional activities include the annual Bright conferences for undergraduate students and the Doctoral Summer Schools, 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, the European University Association and others. LERU monitors and influences the developments of relevant EU policy programmes and initiatives. LERU also liaises with other university networks with similar objectives, such as the Association of American Universities, the Group of Eight in Australia, the Russell Group in the UK, the C9 in China, and the Association of East Asian Research Universities.