European Commission HR strategy in research

Reykjavik University is the first Icelandic university to participate in a formal implementation program of the European Commission policy regarding the working environment of researchers. 

The policy of the European Commission 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 and European Charter for Researchers, often called "Charter and Code". 

RU has made a commitment to adapt its overall human resources strategy and the working environment of its researchers to certain principles in line with EU policy in this area. 

The University has participated in self-evaluations and external audits regarding implementation of the EU principles. A task group at RU completed an internal analysis in 2010, which was a necessary precondition for entering the implementation program and receiving the acknowledgement. The University formally applied for the acknowledgement by the European Commission in 2010 and received it in 2011. In 2012 and 2014 the University submitted a self-assessment and an update of HR Strategy and in December 2014 the University received an evaluation report from a committee of experts.

The evaluation committee recommend that the University should continue to be acknowledged for implementing the "Charter and Code".

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