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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Ethical Principles

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Ethical Principles

Adopted by Council:

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Committee Ownership: Personnel


College business shall be conducted in accordance with the Nolan Principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

Staff and Fellows must not use their authority or office for personal gain and must always seek to uphold and enhance the standing of the College.

Staff and Fellows must declare to their Head of Department any personal interest which may affect any College business and act in accordance with the instructions given as to management of any conflict.

Staff and Fellows must seek written permission from their Head of Department before accepting gifts or hospitality directly or indirectly from suppliers, other than low value items such as a gift worth less than £25 or hospitality worth less than £50. Receipt of gifts or hospitality must not influence or appear to influence the choice of supplier or prejudice the College's reputation. If in doubt, gifts and hospitality must be refused.

Where staff and Fellows have a conflict of interest or wish to accept gifts or hospitality (other than low value items) they must seek the written advice of the person to whom they are responsible, for example the Bursar or the President and act as advised.