Public Interest Disclosure - Policy and Procedures
Swansea University is committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and
accountability. It seeks to conduct its affairs in a responsible manner taking into account
the requirements of the funding bodies and the standards in public life set out in the
reports of the Nolan Committee.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, gives legal protection to employees against
being dismissed or penalised by their employers as a result of publicly disclosing
certain concerns which are both serious and likely to be of wider public interest. It is a
fundamental term of every contract of employment that an employee will faithfully serve
his or her employer and not disclose confidential information about the employer's
affairs. However, where an individual discovers information which he/she believes
shows malpractice/wrong-doing within the organisation then this information should be
disclosed without fear of reprisal, and may be made independently of line management.
The right to freedom of expression is a provision of the Human Rights Act 2000.
In addition to all staff, this policy and procedure may also be used by other members1