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Elections at AU 

  • Vote in the university elections 
  • 11.-14. november 2019

You can vote and stand for election to the following

This year, students could vote and stand for election to the AU board, the Academic Council, the PhD committees and the boards of studies. Find more information about the elections on this page. 

If you are a PhD student, please read here.  

Academic council

According to the Danish University Act, the academic council must ensure the co-determination and involvement of staff and students in decision-making processes concerning academic issues.

The tasks of the academic council are as follows:

  • Making of recommendations to the Rector on the internal distribution of funds
  • Making of recommendations to the Rector on central strategic research questions and educational issues and plans for knowledge exchange
  • Making of recommendations on the composition of academic committees assessing applicants for academic positions
  • Awarding PhD and doctoral degrees
  • Other tasks as set out in the university statutes

The academic council comprises representatives of the academic staff, including employed PhD students and student representatives.

Members of the council are elected by and from the academic staff, the PhD students and the student body.

Board of studies

The board of studies is an elected body which, in collaboration with the director of studies and the AU studies administration, manages courses and exams.

You must contact your board of studies if you want to apply for exemptions to rules, credit transfer, preliminary approval of courses in other places (including when studying abroad) or any other deviation from the academic regulations or the decisions concerning exams.

The board of studies also provides input and proposes changes to the academic regulations, ensures that the programme develops its course offerings and teaching, and follows up on course evaluations.

The board of studies comprises an equal number of academic staff and student representatives, so this is also where you as student can influence your the conditions of your studies.

Find your local board of studies on your subject portal.

The Aarhus University Board

The board is Aarhus University’s highest authority, and its mandate is to promote the university’s interests as an institution of research and education. The board determines the framework for the university's organisation and sets long-term goals for its activities and development.

Pursuant to the university’s Articles of Association, the University Board consists of eleven members. Two members are elected by and from academic staff, one member is elected by and from the technical/administrative staff, two members are elected by and from the university’s full-time students and the remaining six members are external.

PhD Committee

The main tasks of PhD committee are:

  • Approve PhD courses
  • Draw up drafts of internal guidelines for the PhD school
  • Recommend the composition of the assessment committee

The PhD committee is composed of:

  • Representatives of the academic personnel, whom are elected for 3 years at a time
  • Representatives of the PhD students, whom are elected for 1 year at a time

In the current election circular, you can see the number of members to be elected by your PhD committee.

Information for new students and employees

Special information for new employees
Please be aware that new staff members (academic staff and technical and administrative staff) who begin work after the cutoff date for the second payroll run in September (19 September) are not automatically granted voting rights. These employees must contact the Election Secretariat at valg@au.dk in order to be granted voting rights.

Special information for new students
Please be aware that new students who are enrolled in their degree programmes after 1 October 2019 are not automatically granted voting rights. These students must contact the Election Secretariat at valg@au.dk in order to be granted voting rights. 

Time schedule

Schedule for autumn 2019 elections

Friday 16 August 2019

Deadline for the faculties to inform the Election Secretariat on how these bodies should be composed with regard to the number of mandates, representation areas etc. for the individual election groups.

Monday 19 August - Monday 9 September 2019

Drafting of election circular including comments from faculties on text.

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Deadline for approval of final version of circular by the Election Committee.

Wednesday 18 September - Friday 20 September 2019

The election circular is published at www.au.dk/valg.

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Cut-off date for voting rights and eligibility.

Friday 4 October - Monday 7 October 2019

Election lists of all eligible voters are published on www.au.dk/valg to allow objections to be lodged.

Friday 11 October 2019 at 12:00 noon

Deadline for objection to the published election lists.

Monday 14 October - Wednesday 16 October 2019

The final election lists are posted at www.au.dk/valg.

Thursday 17 October 2019 at 9:00

Period for nomination of candidates begins.

Friday 25 October 2019 at 12:00 noon

Deadline for nomination of candidates.

Monday 28. October - Wednesday 30 October 2019

Candidate lists are published at www.au.dk/valg to allow objections to be lodged.

Thursday 31 October 2019 at 12:00 noon

Deadline for entering into list pacts and electoral pacts.

Friday 1 November - Monday 4 November 2019

List pacts and electoral pacts are published.

Sunday 3 November 2019

Cut-off date for voting rights and eligibility

Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 12:00 noon

Deadline for objections to candidates as well as list pacts and electoral pacts.

Thursday 7 November - Friday 8 November 2019

Announcement of cancellation of elections in case of uncontested elections. Posted at www.au.dk/valg.

Thursday 7 November - Friday 8 November 2019

Final lists of candidates posted at www.au.dk/valg.

Monday 11 November at 9:00 - Thursday 14 November 2019 at 16:00

Elections held.

Friday 15 November 2019

Votes counted.

Monday 18 November - Wednesday 20 November 2019

Deadline for announcement of election results. However, the election results will be announced as soon as they are known.

Thursday 28 November 2018 at 12:00 noon

Deadline for complaints regarding the elections.

Saturday 1 February 2020

Newly elected members take up office.

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