News from the Senior Management Group no. 25/2011

2011 AU admissions likely to set new record

6,604 applicants to BA programmes received an offer of admission from AU on Saturday 30 July. Admissions to BA programmes are thus likely to reach record highs again this year - for the third year in a row.

This year's applicants have applied to a broader range of fields, which has led to a major increase in applications to natural sciences degree programmes in particular. Mathematics-economics and chemistry have seen especially dramatic increases of 65 and 46 per cent respectively. There were also large numbers of applicants to modern languages degree programmes.

This positive trend means that AU be able to honour an agreement with the central government to accept at least ninety additional students this year. There are still open places on a few of the university's degree programmes. Applicants who did not receive an offer of admission have until 9 August to apply for places on these programmes.

On 5 August, an event will be held for applicants who were not offered study places. Information on the degree programmes which are still accepting applications will be provided. The event will take place between 10.00 and 16.00 at the Studies Administration Information Centre.


Ole Steen Nielsen new vice-dean at Health

Ole Steen Nielsen will take up the position of vice-dean for research at Health on 1 October.

Ole Steen Nielsen received his medical degree from AU in 1980. In 1984, he received  a doctoral degree in medicine from AU, and in 1990, he became an oncology specialist,  after which he was employed at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto for a year. Since 1995, he has been chief consultant at the Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital.

All fourteen vice-dean positions have been filled, now that Dr Nielsen has accepted his new position at Health.


Free courses at Aarhus University Extension for AU staff

If you are an alumnus or AU employee (current or retired), you and a companion are eligible to register for one free course at the Aarhus University Extension in Aarhus, Herning or Emdrup this autumn.

All courses are available for free, and if books are required for a course,  they can be purchased from the Aarhus University Press at a discount of 30 - 50 per cent on Sunday 29 October in Emdrup and on 26 and 27 November in Aarhus at a book sale exclusively for university extension course participants.

Registration starts on 9 August at 10.00. If you are interested in participating, you are advised to register in good time, as there are a limited number of free places available. Free places will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. To register, enter the code "AU" under Specialaftaler at The website and the courses are in Danish.

Apply for a grant from the Aarhus University Research Foundation

AUFF is again accepting applications for activities which support the university's research activities until 9 September. In the second half of 2011, grants are available for publications, postdoc salaries, internationalisation, PhD courses and a period of research at Sandbjerg Manor in Southern Jutland.

Applications should be sent to Lise Poulsen, AU Strategy, by noon on Friday 9 September.




  • 23 August: Meeting of the University Board
  • 9 September: AU annual celebration
  • 19/20 September: AU Board meeting and seminar


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