The code principles are based upon those of The Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee). These principles apply to all public bodies. Members of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) must at all times:
- observe the highest standards of propriety involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to stewardship of public funds and management of the AHRC;
- comply, in accordance with Government policy on openness, with all reasonable requests for information from Parliament, users of services and individuals;
- be accountable to Parliament, users of services, individual citizens and staff for the activities of AHRC, its stewardship of public funds and the extent to which key performance targets and objectives have been met;
- maximise value for money through ensuring that services are delivered in the most efficient and economical way, within available resources, and with independent validation of performance achieved wherever practicable;
- comply with this code and ensure that they understand their duties, rights and responsibilities, and are familiar with the function and role of the AHRC.