Quality assurance system in research

An evaluation of research activities of each individual academic employee is conducted annually by four international specialists. The assessment was first conducted in 2007. The main objective of the assessment is to examine the quality of the research and research activity of all academic employees at RU during a 5 year period. The RU Research Council is responsible for and in charge of the assessment in collaboration with RU Research Services. 

The evaluation process is operationally coordinated by RU Research Services. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture allocates annually research funds to the University. These funds are allocated on the basis of Article 21 of Act No. 63/2006 on higher education institutions. The outcome of the annual evaluation is used in distributing the annual governmental research funds between the RU schools, i.e. the research activities 2012-2017 affects the distribution of the governmental research funds among the schools in 2018. Furthermore, the outcome of the evaluation is used by the Deans in annual reviews with staff.

All faculty members who conduct research and publish, using Reykjavik University as their affiliation, are obliged to deliver before 1st of October an Annual Research Report and be evaluated. The Evaluation Panel uses the Annual Research Report to evaluate research activity of all academic staff with research duties. Panel members are asked to base their evaluation and hence their rating primarily on the quantity/quality of research output in peer-reviewed outlets. The Evaluation Panel assigns the following rating to each member of academic staff of each School:

0)  None or insignificant research activity.
1)  Little but nontrivial research activity.
2)  Contributes to the international research community or domestic where appropriate.
3)  Considerable and active participant in the international research community or domestic where appropriate, with a clear    contribution and impact.
4)  Significant and active participant in the international research community or domestic where appropriate, with a substantial contribution and impact.

Documentation and issuing of key documents, instructions, and results:

Following the individual assessment, an Evaluation Report is written and edited by the Panel members with the assistance of the Coordinator. The report is confidential and only for internal use. The result of the evaluation is made available to the Deans of the RU schools, who then reveal individual ratings to individual researchers. A statistical summary is made available on the RU website.

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