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Behavioural attributes are defined through examples of behaviours you would see when someone is exhibiting the attribute, these are known as positive indicators within the University's framework. Each attribute is, therefore, a collection of related positive indicators.

The University of Cambridge Behavioural Attributes Framework requires a number of levels because the framework covers a wide range of roles, with differing requirements and responsibilities. Defining levels for each attribute enables different descriptions of behaviours to be given within one framework.

The framework has been developed in house, specifically for the University and contains eight behavioural attributes (as below). The framework has been designed to be compatible with the University's Leadership Attributes Framework (LAF) which has been developed by the Judge Business School and includes the attributes required by senior leaders across the University.

Within the University of Cambridge Behavioural Attributes Framework, there are four levels for each attribute - levels A, B, C and D; level A is the highest level within each. The exception to this is the Valuing Diversity attribute which has only level A - this level applies to all grades. 

Different levels have been identified for each grade. See behavioural attributes by grade  for more information and self-assessment tools.


The eight attributes in the University of Cambridge Behavioural Attributes Framework are: