News from the senior management team no. 39/2017

Digital upgrade for teaching

With an investment of DKK 60m, Aarhus University is now making a pioneering effort to  promote the use of IT tools in teaching  – known as educational IT. In close collaboration with the academic environments and the four educational development centres, efforts are being made to expand the use of new technologies in teaching across the entire university. The first step is an improvement to the user interface of the Blackboard learning management system.  The Education Committee is in charge of the efforts, which comprise the second step in the overall digitisation initiative for Aarhus University. 

Residency rules checklist for foreign researchers

Stories about foreign researchers who risk fines to give lectures have created uncertainty among many researchers. AU HR and Talent Development have therefore prepared a list that can provide an overview of the basic rules.

The mobility team encourages researchers who are still uncertain about how the rules apply to them to contact mobility team member Inge Aachmann Pedersen.

Workshop on estimating nitrate leaching

On 1 March, Aarhus University will hold an academic workshop on estimating nitrate leaching (in Danish). It will take place as an offshoot of the recent media debate on nitrate estimates included in political work with the Food and Agriculture Package, which was adopted in 2016.

The workshop is for everyone with an interest in nitrate leaching in the agricultural sector. Over the course of the day, researchers will provide an examination of the work with the new nitrate leaching model, NLES5, as well as discussing the scales for estimating and evaluating marginal leaching. The Danish Society for Nature Conservation and SEGES are among the organisations invited to give a presentation.

The workshop will take place on Aarhus University’s campus in Emdrup.

Aarhus University is heading a research project on quality in higher education degree programmes

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education is supporting by a special appropriation a research project which will provide a better insight into measuring and promoting quality in higher education degree programmes. The project is funded with DKK 9.8 million and anchored at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy at Aarhus University. The project also involves the Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Metropolitan University College, VIA University College, as well as three foreign parties. 

Your parking permit has been extended 

AU will continue the collaboration with ParkZone after New Year. All current parking permits registered in AU’s employee parking system have therefore been automatically extended until 31/12/2020. 

The Rector wishes everyone a Merry Christmas... with a musical surprise 

True to tradition, Rector Brian Bech Nielsen concludes the year with a Christmas greeting and wishes for a good and well-deserved Christmas holiday.


  • 4 January: Publication of the next newsletter from the senior management team
  • 11‑26 January: Election to the occupational health and safety organisation
  • 16 January: Information meeting on Innovation Fund Denmark’s calls for applications in 2018
  • 26 January: Innovation Fund Denmark’s awards ceremony
  • 22 February: Aarhus University board meeting
  • 1 March: Presentation of Elite Research Prizes at the Opera House 

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