Public interest disclosure

[Para 1, LSE Public Interest Disclosure Procedure]

The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which came into effect on 1 January 1999, gives legal protection to employees against being dismissed or penalised by their employers as a result of disclosing information which is considered to be in the public interest. The LSE procedure, as for other UK universities, is intended to follow the Act, but extends its protection to students, and other members of the School as described in section 4.1 of the LSE public interest disclosure procedure.

The principle, which the School endorses, is that where an individual discovers information, which he or she believes to show malpractice/wrongdoing within the organisation, then this information should be disclosed without fear of reprisal.

This should be facilitated by an internal procedure for Public Interest Disclosures in order that the person making the disclosure is afforded proper protection and that the information may be acted upon quickly and matters resolved internally.

Public interest disclosure for the purpose of the procedure is defined as the disclosure of information to the effect that School business has been, is being, or is likely to be the subject of malpractice. Malpractice indicates wrongdoing including illegality; but this procedure goes beyond the Public Interest Disclosure Act in also extending to conduct which could be considered unethical.

What you can do:

[Para 2.1, LSE Public Interest Disclosure Procedure]

Public interest disclosures should be notified in the first instance to one - or if the Discloser wishes, to more than one - of the following designated Assessment Officers:

  • Secretary and director of administration
    Adrian Hall
    Room TW1 6.01
    Tel: (0)20 7955 7062
  • The academic registrar
    Simeon Underwood
    Room TW2 6.01
    Tel: (0)20 7955 6858
  • The director of estates
    Chris Kudlicki
    Room H408
    Tel: (0)20 7955 6985
  • Director of finance and facilities
    Andy Farrell
    Room AH300
    Tel: (0)20 7955 7091  

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