Conflicts of Interest Policy
This policy sets out the procedures to be followed by the Institute in respect to actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest. The Institute encourages staff and students to engage in external activities, many of which are also of benefit to The Institute. On occasion activities may give rise to Conflicts of Interest. This policy seeks to manage these Conflicts of Interest in a manner that is fair to all.
If in doubt or have any questions always feel free to speak with the TTO
- I have worked here as an academic for years and I know my company contacts, and their needs, better than anyone else. A lot of these companies want to access my expertise and knowledge but they prefer working with companies and they don’t like working with universities or institutes – they find them too expensive and bureaucratic and I agree. Surely it is fine if I set up a company to do these contracts, and it is nothing to do with the institute if I do this – it is my expertise these companies want, not the Institute’s?
- In my field of academia, a lot of status is attached to the production of books and other publicly available documents including reviews, monographs, mainstream magazine articles, etc, etc. There is so little remuneration from this compared to the effort I put into it that I never go near the Institute about any of my books and magazine articles, or the measly sums I receive personally for doing this work. Surely I am not falling foul of Conflict of Interest Policy by doing this?
- I am a member of a senior Institute Committee. I already need to declare my personal interests in a register annually as part of compliance with the Ethics in Public Office Act of 1995 and 2001 or the Standards in Public Office Act of 2001. Surely, having done that I have discharged my responsibilities under the Conflict of Interest Policy?