Consultation process autumn 2018

In autumn 2018, Aarhus BSS has implemented a broad consultation process in which all of the school’s employees and students were invited to provide input on the new Campus 2.0. According to AU’s Campus 2.0 master plan, Aarhus BSS’ activities at Fuglesangs Allé will relocate to the new University City in 2022-24. This means that all of Aarhus BSS’ activities in Aarhus will be gathered across Nørrebrogade.

The many ideas have now been gathered in a consultation response and submitted to the rector. They will form part of the board’s final decision on Campus 2.0 in December.

Why initiate a consultation process?

It is important that all the good ideas and needs related to the physical surroundings in the future University City are incorporated into AU’s master plan before the board decides on the overall structure and activities of the new University City in December.

In this way, we hope to ensure that as many relevant needs and wishes as possible are considered in the subsequent planning of the University City.

With this consultation process, the faculty management team is encouraging employees and students to carefully consider the following:

  • What current physical facilities do we wish to retain/expand, and what facilities are we lacking today?
  • A look into the crystal ball: What new opportunities and needs that will affect the physical surroundings do we believe will arise in the next five to ten years?

Principles of the consultation process

The consultation process focuses on the physical surroundings and on we can ensure a good overall work and study environment  in the new University City. Later - when the relocation plans have become more specific - we will initiate local and more detailed procedures involving the users.

Based on the Campus 2.0 master plan, the faculty management team has established three overall principles that should guide the input:

  • We will have more or less the same number of square metres available (unless we see a significant change in the number of academic staff and/or students)
  • Academic staff and students should be in close proximity to each other (i.e. we do not want research and teaching silos)
  • The flow of students under Nørrebrogade should go in both directions (with due consideration given to the study environment and proximity to the departments)

What do we mean by “physical surroundings”?

  • The employee work environment (including offices, meeting rooms, possibilities for researcher/student interaction, labs, service points, libraries, cafeterias, parking facilities)
  • The study environment (including possibilities for researcher/student interaction, study spaces, academic and social events, labs, service points, libraries, innovation hubs, cafeterias, book stores, outdoor areas)
  • Future forms of instruction/EDU IT (including the need for lecture halls/classrooms/group rooms/labs and flexible classroom layout/furnishing)
  • The interplay with the surrounding society i.e. facilities for the business community, the city and alumni (including innovation hubs, conference facilities (“new S building”), service points for external users, continuing education facilities)

Overall themes

The following overall themes form the basis of the consultation process and focus on how the physical surroundings allow us to:

  • Create a good physical work environment for the school’s employees and a good physical study environment
    And thereby create the conditions for recruitment and retainment of the most talented employees and students
  • Promote the coherence between research and education and the interaction between researchers and students
    And thereby create the best conditions for the research-based teaching, which is one of our most important core activities
  • Support the forms of instruction and research collaborations of the future
    Which will help us deliver up-to-date and future-proof teaching and research of the highest quality
  • Ensure a coherent flow of employees and students between the University City and the University Park
    And thereby create a vibrant campus that makes the best possible use of the facilities on both sides of Nørrebrogade
  • Promote the collaboration and interaction with the surrounding society
    Which will add value to our research and teaching, contribute to ensuring opportunities for internships, thesis collaborations, study jobs, and promote our activities to the world around us
  • Develop the university as an international campus
    And thereby make it easier to recruit excellent researchers and talented students from abroad and retain the international employees and students that we already have

Process plan


Before the internal consultation in October, a number of detailed questions for each theme will be developed based on preliminary comments from the departments, student representatives and administrative managers. These questions will form the basis for the internal consultation.

Employees and students are already welcome to suggest additional themes, comment on the existing themes and suggest relevant questions for the upcoming internal consultation. Just send an email to


Internal consultation involving employees and students from 2 to 23 October.

It is up to each department to decide how they want to structure the local consultation of the employees. HR will consult with the local liaison committee and the Dean’s Office with the occupational health and safety organisation.

Catalogue of questions - Campus 2.0 autumn 2018

The faculty management team has formulated a number of questions within six general themes. The questions are listed in the catalogue below.

The purpose of this catalogue was to stimulate discussion among staff and students across the faculty about essential general wishes and needs that should already be under consideration for the physical surroundings at AU.


The collected input from employees and students will be sent to the rector on 1 November.


The collected input from the school will be presented to the board in connection with the final approval of the master plan in December 2018.

After the consultation process and the board’s approval of the vision and master plan in December, a new phase will be initiated. Here the specific projects will be unfolded and implemented.

Structure of the project

The overall framework of the Campus 2.0 project has been established by the faculty management team at Aarhus BSS.

A steering committee has been appointed for the project. The same committee will head the subsequent phases of the comprehensive Campus 2.0 project, which is scheduled to end in 2022-24.

  • Dean Thomas Pallesen (project owner)
  • Vice-Dean for education Per Andersen
  • Vice-Dean for Research and talent Per Baltzer Overgaard
  • Administration Centre Manager Anne Bækby Johansen
  • Head of Department Niels Haldrup, the Department of Economics and Business
  • Head of Department Jacob K. Eskildsen, the Department of Management
  • Project Manager Anja Zimmerdahl Hansen, the Dean’s Office.

In addition, a number of resource persons from the departments, school administration, AU’s master plan group as well as student representatives will be involved in the development of the consultation documents and the school’s consultation response to the rector.