We Pledge to be accountable for the execution and consequences of all our actions
Staff key themesStudents key themes

Integrity and ethical behavior

  • Ensure fair and consistent behaviour, manage relationships with integrity, pursue the interest of the academic environment.
  • Pursue ethical research practices, give back to the public through research, be friendly and humble.

Academic integrity and responsibility

  • Ensure integrity and truthfulness in relation to academic responsibility and assignments.
  • Behave ethically in academic settings.

Communication and listening

  • Communicate clearly and respectfully, articulate processes, provide alternative contact persons, and timely feedback.
  • Communicate reasons for decisions, open engagement with line managers on performance areas.
  • Be willing to listen to criticism and manage relationships with integrity.

Transparency and communication in decision-making

  • Ensure transparency and honesty in decision-making processes.
  • Provide context and clarity on why decisions are made, including transparency in disciplinary actions and their consequences.
  • Understand a situation before jumping to conclusions, report back regularly on decisions made.

Accountability and responsibility

  • Create a culture of accountability, honesty regardless of the consequences, clear work requirements and policies.
  • Hold each other accountable, avoid gossip, support staff in their personal growth.
  • Be dependable - especially when working from home, spend institutional money wisely by aiming for maximum return.

Taking responsibility for actions and consequences

  • Be accountable, ensure consequences for poor behaviour, admit mistakes, accept responsibility, and actively work on solutions.
  • Finish what one has started and deliver on promises.

Teamwork and support

  • Ensure that new staff members are adequately onboarded and have access to relevant information.
  • Be willing to learn, train managers on handling low staff morale, and engage in HR wellness practices.
  • Assist those who have made mistakes, support minority groups and staff under pressure.
  • Involve all staff in setting guidelines for everyday functioning and provide freedom of choice.

Addressing discrimination and wrong-doing

  • Take responsibility for actions, address mistakes, and work towards positive change.
  • Prioritise a mindset change and integrate Vision 2040 and Code 2040 into the university's culture.
  • Establish independent bodies to review the work of management and leaders on campus.

Diversity and inclusion

  • Speak up against discrimination and address unacceptable behaviours.
  • Take responsibility for transformation and redress - link consequences to real outcomes in these areas.

Community involvement and engagement

  • Prioritise community involvement and engagement with previously disadvantaged communities - get students involved in helping these communities, contextualise building names and history.
  • Filter the vision and code of the university into its institutional culture, particularly in terms of community involvement and support for previously disadvantaged communities.

Leadership and example-setting

  • Aim for consistent decision-making and acknowledge limitations, participate in performance measurements and provide honest feedback.
  • Lead by example and behave ethically, be creative and future-oriented. Set an example, show willingness and pay attention to detail.

Proactive and mindful leadership

  • Provide proactive leadership in various areas, including transformative policies, evaluating the effects of alcohol policies on female students' safety, and actively listening to constructive criticism.
  • Remain future-oriented, think globally and act locally; recognise and reward positive behaviours.
  • Offer leadership coaching to senior executives, middle managers and lecturers.

Performance and productivity

  • Improve lectures and practicals based on student reviews and remain responsive to feedback.
  • Complete assessments fairly and promptly, attend meetings, and deliver services as per operational plans.
  • Follow up with people and meet deadlines.

Maintaining cleanliness and respect for university property

  • Respect oneself, university property and university laws; clean up after oneself.
  • Maintain lab equipment and ensure cleanliness.

Policies and processes

  • Listen to criticism and follow disciplinary processes, adhere to university policies - simplify and regulate them.
  • Create clear reporting structures for all units of the university, take firm stances on certain behaviours.
  • Set clear rules and guidelines, base decisions on facts, ask for help when unsure.

Improving disciplinary processes and accountability

  • Improve disciplinary processes and gain a better understanding of situations before making disciplinary decisions.
  • Include Code 2040 in the Disciplinary Code.
  • Be accountable, accept consequences for poor behaviour, admit mistakes, accept responsibility, and actively work on solutions.

Learning and growth

  • Request feedback from line managers and peers to improve job performance.
  • Ensure that newly appointed staff are adequately onboarded and have access to relevant information.
  • Be responsive, accept apologies, do what is right, personal growth, and deliver high-quality work.
  • Set clear rules and guidelines, base decisions on facts, ask for help when unsure.

Providing reliable information and context

  • Keep lines of communication clear and provide context to students when decisions impacting them are made.
  • Create a platform for submitting complaints about university procedures, provide reliable information, ensure academic responsibility and integrity and remain original.

Fairness and equality

  • Ensure fairness and consistency, improved response times and clear documentation of critical matters.
  • Understand and meet the needs of clients, adopt a customer-centered attitude, and deal with complaints fairly.
  • Speak up against discrimination and address unacceptable behaviours.

Equality and fairness for all stakeholders

  • Ensure fair and equal consequences for all individuals, regardless of status, age, gender, race, or level of education.
  • Prioritise transparency, honesty and accountability in decision-making processes, equal treatment and consequences for all.