Values and conduct
Values and Conduct
Our values should underpin all our conduct and behaviours as they express the shared ethos of our university. It will be up to all staff members to live up to the values:
• What the University expects - Professional, Innovative, Ambitious and Inclusive
• What that means in how we interact with each other – with Respect and Integrity
• What that results in – people who are proud, confident, challenged and supported
Those acting on behalf of the University have a general duty to conduct themselves in a manner that will maintain and strengthen the public's trust and confidence in the integrity of the University and to take no actions incompatible with their obligations to the University.
With regard to professional conduct, those acting on behalf of the University should practice:
• Integrity by maintaining an ongoing dedication to honesty and responsibility
• Trustworthiness by acting in a reliable and dependable manner
• Even-handedness by treating others with impartiality
• Respect by treating others with dignity
• Stewardship by exercising custodial responsibility for University property and resources
• Compliance by following European and United Kingdom laws and University policies related to their duties and responsibilities
• Confidentiality by protecting the integrity and security of University information such as data, student records, employee files, patient records, and contract negotiation documents.
Those acting on behalf of the University shall seek appropriate guidance when faced with ethical dilemmas.
Please contact the Human Resources & Development or University Secretary’s office if you require further information.
Gifts and hospitality
The University discourages staff members from accepting gifts from individuals or firms doing business with the University.
Additional wage payments, expenses claims and other payments
Additional compensation of wages or other payments may be offered to staff members when the role, responsibilities or organisational circumstances justify such terms.
For more information please refer to the Overtime Policy.
Collections, fundraising and donations
Solicitation of staff members by outside agencies or individuals is not allowed during working hours in any manner, including by way of email messages. Official notice will be given for any authorised program to which contributions may be made by payroll deduction. Staff members are expected to obtain approval from their Service area or School before canvassing other employees.
Health and safety
The University prioritises providing a safe working environment by minimising workplace risks as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other legislation.
The University aims to excel in health and safety, by means of continuous improvement of standards, and the comprehensive use of risk assessments so as to systematically remove the causes of accidents/incidents and ill-health. This, together with more specific aims and objectives, reflects the University's commitment to promote staff members’ wellbeing.
Staff members must familiarise themselves with the following statements:
Breach of these standards
All staff members are required to comply with these standards at all times. If a staff member breaches these standard they may be subjected to disciplinary action.