Human resources strategy in research ("Charter and Code")
RU is acknowledged by the European Union as an attractive workplace for researchers
In May 2010 Reykjavik University was acknowledged by the European Commission as an employer that follows European guidelines on what constitutes an attractive working environment for researchers. The acknowledgement is based on principles set forth in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
By this the university has committed itself to adapting its overall human resources strategy and the working environment of RU researchers to EU policy in this area, and to participate in self-evaluations and external audits in the next few years.
The policy of the European Commission regarding the working environment of researchers is outlined in two documents that have now been signed by many universities, and that are now actively being adopted by several universities all over Europe. The two documents are named Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers og European Charter for Researchers. All Icelandic Universities signed these documents in 2007, but RU is the first Icelandic university to participate in a formal implementation program. Reykjavik university wishes to use this program to support its strategy to become a full-fledged research university, and to ensure that strong research infuses all its teaching endeavors.
As a part of this implementation, a task force at RU completed the required internal analysis in the spring of 2010. Following this the university applied for a formal acknowledgement, and this was granted in 2010. Below are links to the full internal analysis, and an overview of the main actions that are planned.