The Ethics Code is a set of six core principles underpinning life at the LSE. All members of the LSE community, including students, staff and governors, are expected to behave in line with the following principles:

Responsibility and Accountability

To uphold our commitment responsibility and accountability, we will:

  • Embed the principle of individual responsibility at every level of the School's management and governance structures.
  • Raise concerns relating to ethical matters as they arise.


To uphold our commitment to integrity, we will:

  • Be honest and truthful.
  • Act in accordance with all relevant legislation and statutory requirements.
  • Declare interests and manage appropriately possible conflicts.
  • Be transparent and consistent in our decision making.
  • Maintain our independence in engaging with outside parties.
  • Conduct fundraising activities in line with the principles set out in the
    Ethics Code.

Intellectual Freedom

In order to uphold our commitment to intellectual freedom, we will:

  •  Protect individuals' freedom of expression.
  •  Uphold the freedom to research and convey research findings.

Equality of Respect and Opportunity

In order to uphold our commitment to equality of respect and opportunity, we will treat all people with equal dignity and respect and ensure that no person will be treated less favourably because of her/his role at the School, age, disability, gender (including gender reassignment), race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation social and economic background.


In order to uphold our commitment to collegiality, we will promote within the School an inclusive and participatory working and social environment in which we encourage, support and behave appropriately to one another.


In order to uphold our commitment to sustainability, we will minimise any negative impact we may have on the natural and built environment by effectively managing our resources.

The Code will be accompanied by a set of ethical guidelines that aim to show how each principle should apply in practice.

Research Ethics

The School's Research Ethics Policy is available on the Policies and Procedures site. For further information on research ethics, and guidance on ethical considerations regarding research projects, see the dedicated pages on the Research Division webpages.  

Gifts and Hospitality

In the interests of ensuring proper conduct, LSE has a set of procedures to help staff report when they are offered and when they receive gifts or hospitality in the course of their work. The procedures detail when and how to report them, and who has responsibility for maintaining records, as well as a pro forma for declarations, a template register for local use, a guide to acceptable and unacceptable gifts, and FAQs. To view the policy click here

Policy Against Bribery and Fraud

The School has a zero tolerance approach to fraud and bribery.  The Policy Aganist Bribery and Fraud can be viewed here.

Additional resources include an Anti-Fraud and Bribery advice note, training presentations and face-to-face training.  For further information please email


Ethics Code Materials

If you would like copies of The Ethics Code poster, postcard or booklet please email