Conducting an independent inquiry

iStock_000005994502_ExtraSmallHow effective are ‘Independent Reviews’ at your institution?

When a major crisis occurs, institutions may commission ‘independent reviews’of what has happened. These often become the subject of press interest and the whole process can adversely affect the reputation of an institution.

On what principles should such reviews be conducted?

In the interests of protecting the institution’s reputation, the following good practice guidelines may be considered fundamental:

  • Transparency, with a presumption that the evidence relied on will be published, in particular evidence submitted to the Inquiry or given to any hearings it may hold.
  • The perceived independence of the Chairman and members of any panel conducting the inquiry
  • The relevant expertise of the Chairman and members of any panel conducting the inquiry

Other things you may find useful

The Woolf Inquiry: An inquiry into the LSE’s links with Libya and lessons to be learned (London, 2011)

London Metropolitan University‘Independent Review into the circumstances and issues associated with the clawback of significant funds in 2009’ ,  Sir David Melville.

‘CAPSA and its implementation: report to the Audit Committee and the Board of Scrutiny, University of Cambridge’, set in motion after the expensive failure to ‘deliver’ of a new commitment accounting system,

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