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Looking at the figures: This is the gender distribution across all of AU’s departments and schools

This year AU adopted a new action plan for gender equality at the university with the main focus being to employ more female researchers. But what is the current status? Check here for the gender distribution at your department or school.

Greater gender balance is needed among AU’s researchers. This was the aim decided by the university board when it adopted a new action plan for gender equality at the beginning of October.

Precisely how quickly it will be implemented has not been laid out in the plan. But once a year, AU’s Committee for Diversity and Equality has to follow up on developments.

In addition to the new action plan, AU published an overview of the total gender distribution in research positions at the university.

This received an appreciative nod from gender equality researcher Mathias Wullum Nielsen from the University of Copenhagen. But the researcher also pointed to a lack of detail in the figures on gender distribution at departmental level.

“The hurdle is not necessarily in the same place at all departments. Therefore, more detailed figures would give a better picture of where the challenges lie and where most action is required,” said the researcher. 

Here, Omnibus presents a comprehensive overview of gender distribution across all of AU’s departments and schools.



  • Omnibus received data from Analysis and Policy under the remit of the university management. The data show the gender distribution among academic employees at all of AU’s departments and schools.
  • The numbers are from the end of 2019. They are the same data that are used for the yearly evaluation of AU’s action plan for gender equality.
  • In addition, we supplemented the data with the numbers of Master’s graduates during the period 2016-2020, taken from AU Student Administration and Services.  This information isn’t available from a few of the departments and schools, because either the department or school has no graduates or else too few graduates to be able to draw any meaningful data.

During December we published three articles on gender balance at AU’s faculties with a focus on 3-5 departments and schools, where the heads of department commented on gender distribution at their department or school.

Read the articles:

Faculty of Arts 

Danish School of Education

School of Communication and Culture

School of Culture and Society

Faculty of Health

Department of Clinical Medicine

Department of Dentistry and Oral Health

Department of Public Health

Department of Biomedicine

Department of Forensic Medicine

Aarhus BSS

Department of Political Science

Department of Business Development and Technology

Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Department of Law

Department of Management

Department of Economics and Business Economics

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences

The statistics from the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences are presented as one, since the figures are from the end of 2019, before the Faculty of Science and Technology was divided up into two faculties.

Department of Computer Science

Department of Engineering

Department of Chemistry

Department of Geoscience

Department of Food Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Department of Agroecology

Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO)

Department of Mathematics

Department of Bioscience

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Department of Animal Science

Institut for Miljøvidenskab

Translated by Marian Flanagan