News from the senior management team no. 15/2017

Rector: New appropriation system requires a serious review

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science presented its proposal for a new funding model for the higher education degree programmes which will replace the present taximeter system. Rector Brian Bech Nielsen sees positive signals in the proposal, praising among other things the versatility of having several different funding principles.

However, he warns against the excessive focus on employment, and calls for a mechanism that recognises the importance of research for degree programme quality.

Starting Grants 2017 open for application

It is now possible to apply to the Aarhus University Research Foundation for Starting Grants. A total amount of DKK 47.5 million is available, which in 2017 has been earmarked for growth areas at Aarhus University. The aim is to strengthen early-career researchers and boost promising research of an international character.

Therefore, the funds this year are targeted, in particular, at associate professors and assistant professors who have been employed since 1 July 2016. It is possible to apply for Starting Grants throughout the year in connection with negotiations on new appointments following recommendation by the dean.

The application deadline is 1 September.

Danish Council for Independent Research millions for AU researchers

The Danish Council for Independent Research has awarded about DKK 131 million to 40 researchers at Aarhus University. In total, DKK 633 million has been awarded to 200 different projects in Denmark. 

Register for Holst-Knudsen award ceremony

On Wednesday 24 May, Aarhus University will confer the prestigious Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research. True to tradition, this takes place at a ceremonial yet festive event in the Main Hall. Each year, the award is conferred on two researchers who have achieved the highest level of academic distinction and national as well as international recognition during their noteworthy careers. The registration deadline is 13 May.

Summer University: New website helps teachers

All information about the Summer University can now be found on a single website which contains relevant information for departments, current AU teaching staff and international guest lecturers. The departments can, among other things, find inspiration on how the Summer University can be used for the purpose of study progress, internationalisation and recruitment, and how subjects are registered for the Summer University.

Personalised study portal in the pipeline

As part of AU’s work with digitisation, students can now look forward to a new and personalised study portal that brings together all the university’s digital entry points for students in one place. The portal is currently being tested on two Arts degree programmes, and the results so far have been so positive that the portal is expected to be rolled out to all the faculties over the next 12 months. 

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  • 11 May: Debate in Stakladen with Søren Pind, Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science
  • 20–21 May: MatchPoints Seminar on the Reformation and Danish society
  • 24 May: Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research 2017
  • 24 May: Première of the performance Røde Orm at Moesgaard Museum
  • 25–28 May: First LEGO League robot competition

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