What We Believe In & How We Behave

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics has adopted the University’s values of respect, openness, sustainability and excellence.

We have restated how each of these values is expressed and aligned within the School.


We foster a shared, inclusive environment where we respect and value each other by focusing on social responsibility and business and societal impact.

What this means:

  • We believe in cultivating a culture where our work and interactions are rooted in trust and respect, and approached with positive intent, to have an impact on the success and sustainability of our people and communities.
  • This ethos will underpin our engagement with our diverse and international communities, city, region and the world. 
  • We value and embrace a strong sense of collegiality among all staff in our School.
  • We nurture an engaging and supportive scholarly environment for our students.
  • We demonstrate strong, supportive, inclusive and collegial leadership in all our activities.


We strive beyond to exceed expectations and deliver positive impact.

What this means: 

  • We deliver an excellent, student-centred, research-led teaching and learning experience.
  • We produce excellent research that has a real impact on society, business and public policy regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • We empower staff and students to make positive impacts on society regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • We recognise that our distinctive location within a global hub for technology, innovation and creativity is key to our future success


We embrace change and are future-focused in how we engage with all our stakeholders and our communities.

What this means: 

  • We champion business and economics education as a force for positive change in today’s society.
  • We promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • We are committed to social inclusion and providing a welcoming environment where everyone has a sense of belonging and can thrive.
  • We are open to the world – to those who come to study and work with us and through our global reach with our international partners and networks.


We will integrate the business, economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability for organisational, university and community operations and networks.

What this means:

  • We embed sustainability across our learning, our research and the student experience.
  • We provide leadership to inform the transition to a sustainable future through our teaching, research, actions and impact

Read our Strategic Plan