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Councils, boards and committees

Across the University staff collaborate within and across the organisational units in order to resolve academic, research, educational and administrative issues. Below is an overview of the most common councils, boards and committees.

Rectoral committees

The Rector may appoint committees to advise the Rector and Prorectors within various areas central to the entire University. The composition of such committees varies. These are the current councils and committees:

Collaboration committees

The collaboration committees contribute to promoting collaboration between management and staff and are therefore composed of representatives from both sides. The collaboration committees discuss and lay down guidelines on work and staff-related issues, change projects, new technology, supplementary training activities and the financial situation.

Academic councils

Each faculty has an academic council that consists of representatives of academic staff and students. The academic councils work with research, education and knowledge sharing. They also set up academic committees to assess applicants for academic posts, confer PhDs and doctorates and comment on academic matters that have significance for the faculty's activities.

Study boards

Study boards are composed of an equal number of representatives of academic staff and students and are responsible for organising the University’s study programmes. Among other things, this involves assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching, drawing up proposals for curricula, organising exams and processing applications for credit transfer and exemptions.

Senate

The Senate is an advisory body where staff and student representatives appointed by the academic councils meet with the management to discuss topics and themes which are of significance to the University's core services and to advise the Rector.

The Senate can discuss the University’s development and challenges as an academic institution just as the Senate is an open forum where the management can take in wishes, ideas and criticism from the entire University. In addition, the Senate discusses the University’s budget, target plan and development contract once a year. The Senate may also be involved in important consultation processes.

Senate meetings take place two to four times a year, and are open for the entire university body.

Board of Representatives

The Board of Representatives acts as the Rector’s strategic sounding board by inspiring and strengthening the university’s work through identification and acknowledgement of (topical) issues. The representatives, who are appointed by the faculties’ advisory boards, contribute to UCPH’s strategy work through their own experiences and ideas.

Beyond acting as the Rector’s strategic sounding board, the Board of Representatives is also in charge of appointing six members from the corporate sector and governmental authorities as well as from other research and educational institutions etc. for an appointment committee, which appoints external members to the Board at UCPH.

The Board of Representatives holds three annual meetings.