The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to all University staff regarding personal relationships within the University, in order to avoid any actual or potential conflicts of interest or misuse of authority.
The University recognises the importance of preserving the integrity of professional relationships between members of staff as well as with students, consultants, contractors and/or suppliers. Whilst most social and personal relationships need not present a difficulty, and can be entirely beneficial in that they promote good working relationships, it is recognised that there will be particular circumstances where the staff member(s) concerned will need to withdraw from certain decisions or from undertaking certain roles, in order to protect themselves and the University from any possible criticism of unfair bias.
The University expects all of its staff and students to follow the ethical behaviours set out in the Nolan Principles. These are: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openess, honesty and leadership. These principles underlie the University's Ethical framework and are incorporated into this Policy.