News from the senior management team no. 10/2018

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AU has put together an FAQ for students which provides answers to the most important questions they will face if the labour dispute becomes a reality. The effect on teaching of any labour dispute will be announced after Easter.

AU's OK18 website has also been updated with information for special conditions for PhD students. We are still working to update the page as new information becomes available – for example, we are currently investigating what a labour dispute would mean for employees stationed abroad.

The Easter break is just around the corner for many of us. AU HR will of course continue to monitor developments closely, and we will provide updated information in the event of important announcements from the conciliation board, for instance.   

Major interest in AU's technological degree programmes

More and more young people are submitting applications to AU's IT and engineering degree programmes, and there is a general increase in applications across the university's four faculties. These are the findings of the final statement regarding the distribution of quota 2 applications. 

Groundbreaking for AU Food in Skejby

On Tuesday, Aarhus University saw the start of construction of a building 9,000 sq m in area which will be the home of the Department of Food Science. AU Food can now look forward to becoming an integral part of Agro Food Park, Denmark's innovation and growth centre for food products in Denmark. Speakers included Regional Chairman Anders Kühnau, Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard, Dean Niels Christian Nielsen and Department Head Michelle William.

Millions for development of digital business models

The Danish Industry Foundation has invested almost DKK 12 million in two research projects at Aarhus BSS, each of which will be supporting businesses with strategic action in a digital growth market.

The Department of Management manager is heading one project, "Smart Home", which aims to develop and test a strategy and development process for companies wanting to develop new digital business models in the Smart Home industry.

The Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is spearheading the other project, "The SME board as a digital catalyst", which is focusing on upskilling board members so that they can make strategic decisions with regard to digital technology.

Thomas Pallesen, Dean of Aarhus BSS, emphasises that these projects are good examples of the faculty's overall efforts to reinforce research and education-related activities with regard to digitisation.

"There is a major need for society to know more about how companies can best connect new digital technologies to businesses. We have a strong field of research at our departments, and I perceive major potential for more research partnerships between the university and business and industry," says Thomas Pallesen.

Occupational health and safety organisation in place 

The election for the occupational health and safety organisation at AU has now been completed successfully. Health and safety representatives have been elected and managers have been appointed to the many occupational health and safety committees that will meet and be appointed temporarily in the near future. Rector Brian Bech Nielsen, Chairman of the Main Occupational Health and Safety Committee, notes in particular that there has been a great deal of interest and a good turnout for the election. 

Niels Haldrup appointed manager of Department of Economics and Business Economics

Professor Niels Haldrup has now been appointed manager of the Department of Economics and Business Economics. He has held this position on a temporary basis for the last six months. 

ERC inspiration day at AU

Aarhus University will be holding an inspiration day on the European Research Council (ERC) on 9 April, in partnership with the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. If you would like to know more about the options for applying for ERC funding, please register for the event by 3 April.

PhD study: See an overview of the main conclusions

At the start of the year, the four graduate schools were able to publish the results of a questionnaire-based survey of the university's PhD students concerning the quality of the PhD degree programme. The faculties and PhD committees are currently discussing how the results can be used to optimise local courses. If you would like a general overview of the conclusions, you can read more here. 


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