Planning, Governance and Compliance

Fraud, bribery and corruption

The University will uphold all laws relevant to countering bribery, fraud and corruption and has zero tolerance towards fraud, bribery and any form of dishonesty in its transactions. Wherever University staff or agents operate they must abide by the laws of the UK.  Fraud generally involves theft of cash or assets, or false accounting.  Bribes are inducements or rewards offered, promised or provided to gain commercial, contractual, regulatory or personal advantage of a financial nature or via improper performance of a function.  In the giving or receiving of gifts or hospitality, there must be no explicit or implicit attempt to influence third parties or be influenced by third parties in relations with the University.  Likewise, donations to the University must be compatible with the University’s objectives and strategic goals, and will not compromise academic freedom or independence. 

If members of staff, students or members of Council suspect fraud or financial irregularity in the University they should contact the Director of Finance as soon as possible. If the suspected fraud or irregularity relates personally to the Director of Finance then members of staff, students or members of Council should contact the University Registrar and Secretary.  If the suspected fraud or financial irregularity relates personally to the Director of Finance or the University Registrar and Secretary, members of staff, students or members of Council should contact the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. 

The University will then follow a plan of action as set out within its Fraud Response Plan in order to make sure that the concerns raised are looked into.  This may lead to no further action (if no fraud has taken place) or detailed investigation and action where people have been found to be involved in fraud. The University does need to know the identity of the person who is reporting a suspected fraud or irregularity. However, if an individual wants to raise a concern confidentially, the University will make every effort to keep his/her identity confidential.

The full underpinning policies are: