UNAK operates under the Higher Education Institution Act 63/2006 and the Act on Public Higher Education Institutions No. 85/2008. The quality work at UNAK is directed by the Quality Enhancement Framework as it is described in the Quality Enhancement Handbook for Icelandic Higher Education, the cornerstones being institution-led reviews at the subject level and a Quality Board-led review at the institutional level. These reviews are conducted in a seven-year cycle so that each Faculty at UNAK goes through an institution-led review and the University itself a Quality Board-led review once during seven years. The seventh year of the cycle is a year of reflection and preparation for the next phase.
UNAK’s Quality Handbook is a description of how UNAK manages and implements ESG 2015 (Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area).
The Quality Council of the University of Akureyri convenes monthly and seats on the Council are held by academic staff representing the Schools, the Director of the Teaching Centre, the Director of the Student Registry, two student representatives, two employee representatives and the Director of Quality Management who is Chair.