News from the Senior Management Team no. 37/2018

New study of unwanted sexual attention towards university students makes for uncomfortable reading

A new study reveals the kinds of unwanted sexual attention students at Danish universities have been subjected to. Danish universities and the National Union of Students in Denmark implemented the survey. This is a strong motivation to make a concerted effort to put an end to this kind of behaviour, according to the pro-rector. 

AU receives positive institutional accreditation

The Accreditation Council has awarded a positive institutional accreditation to Aarhus University. 

In its decision, the Council states that Aarhus University’s quality work is “well described and based on effective and systematic practice... There is also a good exchange of information, both vertically and horizontally, supporting well-founded efforts”.

Pro-rector Berit Eika is pleased to see that the enormous amount of effort invested by staff and students has paid off, and that this positive accreditation now gives the university more freedom with which to develop new degree programmes and adjust existing ones.

AU invites tenders for learning platform

AU’s contract with Blackboard will expire soon, so the university is now inviting tenders for AU’s future learning management system.

The tender documentation has been prepared with the help of the teaching development centres at the faculties and is based on EDU IT Hub’s experience with the operation and support of Blackboard.

Both Blackboard and other potential suppliers have the opportunity to submit tenders for the contract until 10 January 2019. The university will then select a small number of tenders to progress to the next round of the process. The senior management team will be making its final decision after the 2019 summer break.

Pro-rector: Quota 1 works well, but take a closer look at Quota 2

It may be sensible to consider changes to the admission system for higher education degree programmes. But Quota 1 works well as regards the most important parameters, so politicians should focus on Quota 2 instead. 

This was the message presented by Pro-rector Berit Eika in an editorial on the Altinget research portal last week.

She points out that the average upper secondary grade is a fair, robust and efficient Quota 1 access mechanism. For Quota 2, however, it makes more sense to include supplementary admission methods such as interviews or tests, and in this regard the pro-rector proposes coordination of a national Quota 2 test so that applicants do not have to visit several universities in order to apply for admission to one and the same degree programme.

Remember to update in PURE – this affects basic funds distribution

Researchers and administrative staff report on publications in PURE, the AU research publication registration system, every year. PURE provides information for the bibliometric research indicator (BFI). BFI is part of the new performance-based basic funding model.

For a publication to trigger credits, it has to comply with the BFI definition of a research publication and be released in a channel included in one of the BFI lists used to allocate some of the new basic research funding to universities. This is why it is important for universities to report all publications in a timely fashion. 

This year’s deadline for reports is fast approaching.