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University Public Interest Policy and Procedure


The University is committed to the highest standards of openness, honesty, integrity and accountability and seeks to manage its affairs in a responsible manner in line with the Mission and the Core Principles and Values of the University and the external requirements of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Charity Commission, and other relevant bodies.

However, large complex organisations such as the University face the risks of things going wrong on occasions, such as intentional or unknowing illegal or unethical behaviour taking place. While it is a University requirement that an employee will not disclose confidential information about any aspect of University business, employees have a responsibility to raise genuine concerns about possible illegal or dishonest behaviour at the earliest opportunity.

The Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life recommended that all public bodies should produce and review a code of practice or policy on ‘whistleblowing’.  This Policy reflects the principles and the detailed process for the making of public interest disclosures (or ‘whistleblowing’) under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The University seeks to promote a culture of openness, transparency and accountability at all levels of the University, and this Policy is aimed at supporting individuals by providing accessible information on the principles and process for disclosing malpractice or wrongdoing in the workplace.

To view the full University Public Interest Disclosure "Whistleblowing" Policy, please click here (pdf)

To view a reporting procedure flowchart, please click here (pdf)


Queries on Public Interest Disclosures should be referred to the Policy Owner, the Head of Governance, Adam Dawkins: 0191 227 4335


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