AARHUS
AARHUS
UNIVERSITET
UNIVERSITET
Aarhus University
- The new administration
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AARHUS UNIVERSITY
IN BRIEF
STUDENTS
STAFF
Bachelor
Master
17,504
16,395
Academic staff
Academic staff (part-time)
4,446
2,028
Part-time Master etc.
PhD
Total no. of students:
IHA
5,176
1,891
40,966
2,600
Administrative/technical
staff
Total no. staff members:
IHA
4,725
11,199
183
FINANCES
Million € (2012 level)
Annual
report
2008
Annual
report
2009
Annual
report
2010
Budget
2011
699
739
768
810
Budget
2012
(incl. IHA)
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A STRONG POSITION
TO BUILD ON
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SITUATION BEFORE THE CHANGE
 Original university with 5 faculties
 Merged with a business school, teaching university and two
government research institutes (agriculture and environment)
 Went from 5 to 9 faculties, but with no real integration and
harmonisation – eg. different finance systems
 No scientific integration
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SITUATION BEFORE THE CHANGE IN
THE ADMINISTRATION
 Local administrations at departmental, faculty and university
level
 Many generalists, few specialists and no critical mass
 Duplication of effort and many layers to go through when
dealing with an issue.
 Not a strong university profile. Faculties having local agendas
 Weak links between strategy and reality
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SITUATION AFTER THE CHANGE
 Went from 9 to 4 faculties
 Went from 55 to 26 departments
 Integration of scientific disciplines to promote interdisciplinarity
 Very small administrations in departments and faculties
 General administration delivered through administrative centres
managed by central administration and employed by central
administration
 Rector and deans share management responsibility (colocated)
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GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE NEW
ADMINISTRATION
 Allow researchers and academic leaders to focus on core
activities
 Handling of cases at one administrative level and two levels at
the most
 Specialization of functions in order to professionalize services
 Ensuring a critical mass with a view to reducing vulnerability
 Standardized and digital solutions to enhance efficiency
 Strong focus on the wishes and needs of end users
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A SINGLE UNIFIED MANAGEMENT
WHERE DEANS HAVE THREE
RESPONSIBILITIES
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NINE AREAS OF ADMINISTRATIVE
SPECIALIZATION
University
director
Office of the
senior
management
Support of
4 core AU
functions
AU Strategy
AU
Communication
AU Research and
Talent
AU IT
AU Knowledge
Exchange
AU Finance and
Planning
AU Studies
AU HR
General
administrative
support
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FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE
CENTERS
Administrative centers
AR, ST, HE and BSS
AU STUDIES
AU FINANCE AND PLANNING
4 directors
of liaison
Coherent
and
responsive
services
AU HR
AU COMMUNICATION
26 Institutes
AU IT
AU RESEARCH & TALENT
Specialized services
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EXAMPLE: AU RESEARCH AND TALENT
Administrative
Center, AR
Administrative
Center, ST
Administrative
Center, HE
Administrative
Center, BSS
Back-office: Research Support
Back-office: Talent Development
Back-office: International Center
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RESEARCH SUPPORT
Director
(1 AU/AUH)
IT/library (3 AUH)
Secretary (1 AUH)
Strategy
(3 AU)
Post Award
(4 AU)
Manager of Pre Award
(1 AU/AUH)
HEALTH
(3 AUH/2 AU)
ARTS
+ BSS
(5 AU)
Science & Technology
(3 AU/1 AUH)
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FACTS ABOUT RESEARCH SUPPORT
 Started April 2002 with one person and focus on pre award
 27 staff servicing the university and hospitals and including
strategy and complex post award
 External funding level: 15% of total university budget – 40-50%
of total research budget
 FP7: +200 projects, 21 ERC grants, success rates – 20% ERC,
40% cooperation, 50% Marie Curie
 Strategic focus from the start on ERC
 Attracts 25-30% of all national funding
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SUCCESS FACTORS
 Heavy focus on users – RSO seen as team member
 Training of young and experienced staff
 Pro-active contact to researchers
 Experienced and highly professional staff
 Knowledge of local expertise
 Focusing of application effort – fewer proposals and more
grants
 Close link between strategy, proposal and project management
(project life cycle) – kind of one-stop-shop
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STRATEGIC PLAN FOR PRE AND POST
AWARD (MATRIX)
 Three types of projects
 Unique, large-scale projects
 Complex, multi-partner projects
 Simple projects
 Three types of phases – who does what?
 Idea generation
 Pre award
 Post award
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STRATEGIC WORK
 Secretariat for research committee (dean and the four vice
deans for research)
 Internal funding: Interdisciplinary centers, ideas programme
 Research strategy: Funding, Research Management, Excellence,
Visbility, Research Environment
 Support strategy for researchers
 AU Research Forum
 Preparing agenda
 Funding initiatives and links to (international) recruitment
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STRATEGIC WORK (MATRIX)
 Three types of processes
 Political
 Funding programmes and visibility (6 interdisciplinary working groups)
 Internal mapping (mapping through interdisciplinary groups)
 Four kinds of parties
 Rector/dean
 Research committee
 Researchers
 Support office
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PITFALLS
 Too many changes at once – almost all connections between
administrators and researchers changed
 Perceived to be too much a top-down process
 Communication internally and externally
 Uncertainty among administrative staff (going from generalists
to specialists)
 Sense of A and B class of staff
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CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
 Clear vision
 Willingness to focus resources
 Develop a customer approach to academics
 Coordinate overall strategy with local initiatives
 Focus on interdisciplinarity and societal challenges
 Short decision making structure and process
 Evidence-based strategy
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Thank you
John Westensee, Director, AU Talent and Research, Research Support
E-mail: [email protected]
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