Human Resources

Workplace conduct & capability

Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure

Introduction

Loughborough University is committed to openness and accountability. In line with this commitment we expect employees, students, members of Council or those contracted to provide services to the University who have serious concerns about any aspect of our work to come forward and voice those concerns with the knowledge that, if made in good faith, their action will be viewed positively.

What does the policy cover?

The Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure gives staff, students and third parties a clear procedure on how to raise any concerns which do not fall under the remit of the Student Complaints or Grievance policies and procedures. Whistleblowing is not the same as a complaint. It is about raising concerns regarding malpractice or wrongdoing within the University.

The Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure may not be used to re-open or review a matter already decided under other policies and procedures.

The concerns covered by the Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure are:

  • actual or suspected criminal offences
  • failure to comply with legal obligations
  • serious health and safety risks
  • damage to the environment
  • financial malpractice, impropriety or fraud
  • academic or professional malpractice
  • deliberate suppression or concealment of any of the above

What to do next if you wish to raise a concern?

Are you a member of staff?

In the first instance, please contact your line manager, or another appropriate manager (e.g. Director of Service / Dean) to raise your concern.

If this is not possible please contact the Chief Operating Officer.

Are you a student?

In the first instance, please contact your tutor, Dean of your School, Students’ Union or the Academic Registry department.

If this is not possible please contact the Chief Operating Officer.

Are you a third party to the University?

In the first instance, please contact your key connection at the University. If this is not possible please contact the Chief Operating Officer.

A person who receives such information should contact HR who will support and guide through the process, and which may flow through to an existing University policy/procedure.