Codes of ethics

First – code of ethics or code of conduct? Both are included here, and we welcome additions that are relevant to education at all levels.

Here’s a clarification: “a code of conduct is generally addressed to staff and is predominantly an internal tool for organisaitons. It provides guidance and usually sets out restricitons on behaviour. A code of ethics… will start by setting out the values that underpin the code of conduct and will describe an organisaiton’s obligations to … anyone with an interest in the organisation.”
(Ethics Matters: Managing Ethical Issues in Higher Education p 11)

Just for starters: a lovely code from diybiology:

Institute of Business Ethics
An excellent short introduction to ethics policies, and programmes and codes.

Association of Professional Chaplains
Code of Ethics

Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD)
Code of Conduct

Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply
Code of Ethics

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
CILIP has developed a set of Ethical Principles and a Code of
Professional Practice for Library and Information Professionals.

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
Treasury Management in the Public Services: Code of Practice

CIPFA’s Standard of Professional Practice on Ethics (SOPP on Ethics) applies to all CIPFA members. The SOPP on Ethics is based on the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Code of Ethics, which CIPFA has adopted in full.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life
An independent public body which advises government on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK. Includes the 7 Nolan Principles.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skill
Rigour, respect and responsibility: A universal ethical code for scientists

Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
Guide for Governors of Further Education Colleges (2008)
Appendix B on page 155 is an adaptation of the Code developed by the Association of Colleges.

English College’s Foundation Code of Governance
Association of Colleges, 2011 Sets out responsibilities of Governing Body, including a requirement for a Code and Statement of Value.

Fair Admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for Good Practice 
(the Schwartz Reviews) Higher Education Review, 2004 See p 32 in particular

Guide for Members of Higher Education Governing Bodies in the UK
From the Committee of University Chairmen.

Health and Care Professions Council Code of Conduct

National Union of Teachers Code of Professional Ethics

Public Concern at Work and British Standards (BSI)
Whistleblowing Arrangements Code of Practice

QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education
See the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education: A Brief Guide as this summarises core values.

Six Core Principles of Good Governance 
Published by the Independent Commission on Good Governance in Public Services, January 2005, available on the website of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation  or at theOffice for Public Management .

Student Charters
The Student Charter Group was established as a small ‘task and finish’ working group,bringing together higher education institution (HEI) representatives and student representatives to explore current best practice in the use of Student Charters and other student agreements. Read the final report (2011) (submitted to BIS).

UK Corporate Governance Code
Published by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). The Code is for any kind of board (not just public sector) and has a ‘comply or explain’ status. A detailed explanation of the code-based approach, and how it fits into the UK’s overall regulatory framework, can be found in The UK Approach to Corporate Governance.


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