Organic Law 2/2023, of March 22, of the University System defines university research institutes as centres devoted to scientific and technical research or to artistic creation, with a capacity to organise and provide doctorate and postgraduate programmes and studies, and to offer technical advice within the scope of their power.
For its part Law 3/2003, of March 28, on Universities of Castilla y León sets out the powers of the Regional Government of Castilla y Leon to create and discontinue university research institutes and to approve their affiliation or, where applicable, disaffiliation to public universities. The requirements demanded by law include:
A mandatory report from the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y Leon (ACSUCYL) prior to creation or affiliation (prior assessment). Universities apply for the creation or affiliation of university research institutes to the regional ministry responsible for universities, who then request ACSUCYL issue this mandatory report, submitting the file to the Castilla y Leon University Council.
An assessment report from the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y Leon (ACSUCYL) from the institutes created or affiliated each five years or when requested by the University Social Council (periodic assessment). Should an unfavourable assessment report be issued and should the problems highlighted not have been corrected within the legally established deadline, the regional ministry responsible for universities may propose to the Regional Government of Castilla y Leon the institute’s discontinuance or disaffiliation.
The evaluation process prior to the creation or affiliation of University Research Institutes begins at the request of the competent Ministry for Universities of the Junta de Castilla y León, from the solicitud de la Universidad (68 kbytes) before said Ministry, accompanied by the corresponding report, data tables and curriculums vitae of the members of the Institute during the last five years.
The periodic evaluation process begins at the request of the Agency, from which the corresponding solicitud de la Universidad (124 kbytes) must be sent to the Agency, accompanied by the corresponding report, data tables and curricula vitae
ACSUCYL conducts the assessment of university research institutes through the Research Assessment Committee , which is responsible amongst other tasks for:
Planning and coordinating the assessment process.
Designing, approving and publishing the assessment criteria and methods.
Adopting joint final assessment decisions.
In order to perform its tasks, the committee draws on the advice of experts, setting up a scientific panel related to one of the areas of knowledge of the institute in question, and not linked to universities in Castilla y León.
The work undertaken by the members of the committee and the experts in the scientific panel is subject to the Agency's Código Ético (556 kbytes) .
ACSUCYL has been conducting preliminary and periodic assessment of university research institutes since 2005, with the following accumulated data: