Organisational policies and codes

We are committed to achieving the highest standards of organisational conduct and best practice in all that we do.  Read our key policies to find out more.

Academic Freedom

IDS is committed to academic freedom both as a central part of the Institute’s core values, and in recognition of its responsibility to comply with relevant higher education governance frameworks.
Statement of_Principles on Academic_Freedom

Brexit statement

European relationships remain extremely important to the life
and work of IDS and we will take all feasible steps to sustain these, whatever the outcome of the current Brexit process.
Statement on IDS and Brexit

Code of conduct

Our code of conduct applies to all in paid or voluntary
engagements or associations including contractors,
volunteers, associates and trustees.
Code_of_conduct policy


Receiving feedback and responding to complaints is an important part of improving IDS’ accountability.
Complaints_policy and procedure

Guidance on copyright and permissions for IDS material.

Cyber essentials

At IDS we take the issues of cyber security extremely seriously. IDS has obtained a Cyber Essentials Certification which is a scheme developed by the UK Government and industry to fulfil two functions. It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to the mitigate the risk from common internet based threats and through the Assurance Framework it offers a mechanism for IDS to demonstrate to all stakeholders that we have taken these essential precautions.
IDS Cyber Essentials Certificate

Data protection and GDPR

We are committed to protecting your privacy and complying with the  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) to ensure transparency concerning use of personal data. See our privacy statement and our disclaimer and cookies pages for full details.

Open access

We are committed to enabling engaged excellence in constructing and sharing knowledge for development as widely as possible and supports its members (and any partner organisations) in making their work available as open access.

Overseas travel security

Travel is an important part of our work, whether to events that bring together participants from different locations or for field work to deliver on a funded contract. This policy helps support the safety of all those who travel as part of their work for or with IDS, whether they
are staff or sub-contractors.

Preventing bribery, corruption and money laundering

We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in our business activities in the UK and overseas. This policy outlines the Institute’s position on preventing and prohibiting bribery, corruption and money laundering in accordance with the Bribery Act 2010 and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations.
Preventing bribery,_corruption_and_money_laundering_policy

Preventing harassment and bullying at work

We recognise and value diversity and inclusion and will make every effort to provide a supportive working environment free from harassment and bullying.
Preventing harassment and bullying at work policy

Recruitment and selection

Recruiting and selecting the right people is of paramount importance to the continued success of IDS. This policy sets out how we recruit the best people based on merit and how our recruitment processes are free from unlawful and unfair bias and discrimination.
IDS Recruitment and Selection Policy


IDS has adopted the Committee of University Chairs Higher Education Senior Staff Remuneration Code and is committed to following the Code’s guidance as best practice.
Remuneration Annual Report 2019
Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference
Bonus Policy
Reward and Incentive Scheme for Fellows
Pay Scales
Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

Research ethics

The IDS research ethics policy details our commitment to promoting and upholding the highest ethical standards in our research as part of our commitment to engaged research excellence.


At IDS we take issues of safeguarding, bullying and harassment extremely seriously.  We have established policies that seek to protect both those we work with and our employees.  These policies also set out our expectations of partners in this regard.


This policy sets out the protection available to you if you report genuine and legitimate concerns about IDS and/or its people which will expose malpractice or other similar matters.