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Fræðagarður – the Union of University Graduates

The role of Fræðagarður is to be in charge of its members when making collective agreements and when decisions are in some way related to their benefits. Those who have completed a BA or BS degree or equivalent from a recognized university can become full members.

The Fræðagarður Office

The service office is located at Borgartún 6. It is open weekdays from 9 to 12 and 13 to 16. The phone number is 595 5165.

At the office, which is run alongside four other unions, members are provided with a wide range of services and information.

Its tasks include assisting:

  • in the subject of wages and rights
  • when resolving disputes regarding the implementation and interpretation of collective agreements
  • in seeking legal advice in matters that fall within the scope of a trade union
  • when drawing up employment contracts and interpreting them
  • when calculating wages and billing if necessary

Membership of Fræðagarður

Membership is independent of workplace, employer or form of employment. Members of Fræðagarður are more than three thousand and they work both for the state, local authorities and in the general labour market.

Fræðagarður is a member of Bandalag háskólamanna –The Confederation of University Students, and its members enjoy membership of BHM's funds. In recent years, Fræðagarður has been the fastest growing BHM member association.

Fræðagarður in Numbers

    Members of Fræðagarður work for the state and local authorities, while 35% of members work in the general labour market.
    The number of members in Fræðagarður is growing rapidly and is now over 3,700.
    Members of Fræðagarður have a wide range of education, and among them you can find over 100 types of university studies.

The History of Fræðagarður

Fræðagarður – the Union of University Graduates was founded on June 18, 2008 with the merger of the wage department of Félag íslenskra fræða – The Association of Icelandic Studies and Útgarður. With this institution, two associations united as the core of the past, present and future of higher education and the labour market in Iceland.

Fræðagarður is the largest member association of BHM and is growing rapidly, as this is the association that reflects the future, a society where diversity, interdisciplinary working methods and innovation in the labour market are important.

The Board of Fræðagarður

The Board of Fræðagarður is responsible for the association's operations, office membership and financial administration. The board is responsible for the association's collective agreements.

The board shall be composed of seven regular members, legally elected in an electronic election held before the annual general meeting. Board members are elected for a two-year term, while the chairman is elected for a four-year term. Two deputies are elected for one year.

Minutes of board meetings

Specialist Departments

  • Specialist Department of Curators
  • Specialist Department of Speech Therapists
  • Specialist Department of Sports Scientists
  • Specialist Department of Deacons

Laws and Agreements of Fræðagarður

The association's laws stipulate, among other things, the role of Fræðagarður, rules regarding membership and the board's responsibility, as well as descriptions of the association's activities.

In addition to the law, the association's agreements can be outlined, among others

Fræðagarður's Annual General Meetings

Fræðagarður's annual general meeting has the highest authority in all matters of the association and shall be held in February each year. The board may decide to organize an on-site meeting, an electronic meeting, or a combination of the two. The invitation to the annual meeting must be sent electronically to members with at least two weeks' notice.

Design Standard of Fræðagarður

All material sent by Fræðagarður must be according to the design standard.

In the design standard, one can see the rules and implementations of the use of logos, fonts and rules for choosing colours in promotional material and labelling. It contains labels and other graphic elements in vector format that can be retrieved if the document is opened in an image processing program.