Statement of Ethics
"SEDA is a voluntary association whose members are usually employed by
universities and other organisations. SEDA officers have to act on behalf of
SEDA members and in the best interests of educational development. There may be
times, however, when conflict of interests make impartial action difficult. The
following code has been designed to clarify appropriate action in such
For SEDA officers and members of SEDA committees - approved by SEDA
Executive - 15 September 1998
The formal business of
SEDA conducted through its committees and other groups is not confidential
unless formally declared to be so by the chair of the committee concerned.
Business will be made confidential to protect the interests of SEDA or an
individual member in relation to an external body, agency or individual. Papers
relating to such confidential business, including the minutes of its discussion,
will be clearly marked, and members will observe that confidentiality.
Declaration of Interest
All officers and
committee members will declare at the earliest possible stage any financial or
other beneficial interest they, or any organisation that they represent, may
have in any transaction or proposed transaction between SEDA and a third party.
The declaration of such an interest will be made to the chair of any committee
in which business they are participating when it is relevant to that business or
when they are in any doubt that it might be relevant. It will also be declared
in writing to the SEDA Office, who will maintain a register. Members will
declare an interest to the chair of the committee if in the course of the
business of a meeting they become aware that they have or may have a financial
or other beneficial interest in a specific item of business to be transacted at
Officers and committee
members will not use their office for personal gain and will act at all times in
good faith in the interests of SEDA.
Breach of this
Breach of this policy may lead to removal from office or committee membership
or SEDA membership.