Fraud, Bribery and Whistle Blowing

Fraud

It is the responsibility of all Officers and members of staff to ensure the correct and honest use of all University resources and to report any circumstances which may indicate the improper use of these resources.

If you do suspect any instance of fraud or misappropriation please report this immediately to either your Head of Department or the Director of Finance.

You can find out more by reading the University Fraud Response Plan.

Reporting an Occurrence of Fraud

If you do suspect any instance of fraud or misappropriation please report this immediately to either your Head of Department or the Director of Finance.

If you wish to use the on-line form to report a concern in relation to fraud, please access this via the Quick Links box on this page. It is possible for you to complete this form anonymously. The information provided will be treated in confidence, whilst still involving the Director of Finance or Head of Department as appropriate and where required.

Bribery

The Bribery Act 2010 applies to Higher Education Institutions, and the staff who work for them, with effect from 1 July 2011. Human Resources have produced an Anti-Bribery Statement which explains how the Bribery Act affects the University of Sheffield.

Penalties for committing offences covered by the Bribery Act include unlimited fines and a maximum of 10 years in jail. There are four offences covered by the Act:

  1. active bribery (offering, promising, or giving a bribe)*
  2. passive bribery (requesting, agreeing to receive, or accepting a bribe)*
  3. bribery of a foreign public official*
  4. corporate offence of failure of commercial organisation to prevent bribery*

* Areas 1 - 3 above cover both individuals and corporate bodies
* Area 4 above covers corporate bodies only

The high risk areas for the University have identified as:

      UK:

      • large scale projects, tenders or longer term/high value contracts
      • gifts, hospitality and entertainment activities
      • donations

      Overseas:

      • campuses, joint or collaborative ventures (including research programmes) and student recruitment in higher risk countries
      • significant use of third parties and agencies as intermediaries
      • dealings and negotiations with government officials or representatives of overseas partners including licence applications, concessions, planning consent, visas, tax and provision of utilities

University staff engaged with these higher risk areas under the Bribery Act should seek advice on their conduct from the their Finance Manager for Academic Departments or Professional Services Departments, or their contact within Human Resources. To report suspected Bribery Act offences you can follow the Whistle Blowing guidance outlined below, or complete the on-line form to report a concern, please access this via the Quick Links box on this page.

Whistle Blowing

Whistle blowing in the context of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is the disclosure by an employee (or other party) about malpractice in the workplace.

The University’s policy is set out in the Policy and Procedure on Public Interest Disclosure.

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Who to Contact
If you have any questions about these web pages or about Audit Committee and Internal Audit at the University of Sheffield, please contact us.

Helen Dingle
Director of Finance

Andrew Cattermole
Management Accountant