Our Code of Ethics

The values of the University, expressed in our Charter and Statutes and re-affirmed in the Mission, Vision and Identity included in the institutional Strategic Plan, commit us to the highest standards of ethical conduct. To support this commitment we have developed a number of guiding principles as a reference point for ethical decision-making. The guiding principles are part of the Code of Ethics which is designed to provide an overarching guide to ethical conduct.

Guiding Principles

The University will:

  • Behave with independence, consistency, honesty and transparency in all our activities.
  • Carry out research and scholarship of a quality which commands the respect of academic peers, which is open to testing and refutation, and which is undertaken in an ethical and legal manner.
  • Defend and promote the freedom to pursue, advance, and disseminate knowledge and ideas.
  • Test received wisdom, examine evidence critically, consider and evaluate all opinions, beliefs and  arguments with respect.
  • Award degrees based on merit.
  • Act in accordance with our Charter and Statutes and our Charitable objects.

Policies and procedures

The University deliberately does not attempt to set out a pre-determined list of ‘ethical’ or ‘non-ethical’ activities. Rather, we have established mechanisms by which informed decisions can be taken on matters relating to ethics (and the associated risks) on a case-by-case basis, within the appropriate policy or procedural context. The links below will take you to the relevant procedures when considering ethical matters relating to: education, including admissions, teaching partnerships and awards; research, knowledge exchange and related partnerships; finance; fundraising and gifts.

If you have questions that have not been answered after consulting the above policies please contact the Head of Academic and Learning Services.

If you have questions after reading the above policies and procedures please contact the Director of Research and Innovation Services.

Please contact the Director of Finance if you have questions which have not been addressed through the policies and procedures set out above.

Breaches of Policy and Procedure

Breaches of relevant policy and procedures may result in disciplinary action. The University’s Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) Policy provides a means for any individual to raise matters of concern as regards malpractice, impropriety or wrongdoing

Please contact the Director of Advancement if you have questions which cannot be addressed through the policies and procedures set out above.

Monitoring, reporting and review

The policies and procedures referred to on this page are subject to monitoring, reporting and review by those responsible for oversight in each case. By way of example, regular reports on matters regarding teaching partnerships are made by the Committee for Collaborative Provision to the Learning and Teaching Committee of Senate; the Research Ethics Committee reports regularly on its work to Senate; the Honorary Degrees Committee reports on its deliberations during each academic year to the Senate and to Council.

Alongside these particular reporting arrangements, the University Executive Board will review operation of the overarching Code, including ensuring that the various related policies, procedures and guidelines are current, publicised, and operating, and will report to Council, via its Audit Committee.