Human Resources

The Behaviours Charter

We have guidance, in the form of a Behaviours Charter, which reflect our values. This is to support conversations around the importance of how we do our job, as well as what we have achieved.

Why do we have a Behaviours Charter?

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

Strategy 2030

The Behaviours Charter gives examples of the types of behaviours which reflect our values and is designed to help us embed a values led approach across the University.

The Behaviours Charter will help us talk about behaviours in a consistent way and provides a framework to lead two-way conversations about how we do our jobs as well as what we do.

It will also help us to identify performance and talent development options and opportunities to develop the behaviours we need to help us achieve our purpose.

Ultimately it will help us to retain our focus on how we approach the four key areas we think will make the greatest impact and which have been shaped by our values:

  • People
  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Social and Civic Responsibility

Behaviours Charter


Values-Led conversations

The way we behave impacts everything we do at work. These are some of the ways that the Behaviours Charter may help you to have values led conversations around how we all do our jobs.

What if we already have a values or behaviours framework in our area?

If you do, and people are using it in a positive and constructive way, that’s fantastic!

The University’s Behaviours Charter applies to all staff who work at the University. However, we fully expect that some areas will choose to develop local frameworks which are more tailored to specific areas.  

All we ask is that you do a review to check that your framework is aligned to the University’s Behaviours Charter – for example, it isn’t missing any key elements and uses consistent language. If there are any gaps or they’re not fully aligned, then consider how you can build in any amendments to future revisions or updates to your framework. Ultimately we’d like everyone to have a shared understanding of our expected behaviours across the University and so consistency in how we describe our behaviours is key.


Where can I get additional guidance and support?

The University is committed to providing an environment in which all members of our community treat each other with dignity and respect.

The Dignity and Respect Policy sets out the framework for raising, addressing and resolving concerns about individual and/or organisational behaviour.

If you observe or are being impacted by inappropriate behaviours, refer to the following policies. We encourage you where possible to attempt to resolve issues informally and further advice is available in the policy documents.

Your feedback

We will be developing and improving both the Behaviours Charter and the supporting guidance over the coming months so if you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact the

HR Helpline