What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of taking the ideas, writings or invenltions of another person and using these as if they were your own, whether intentionally or not. Plagiarism occurs where there is no acknowledgement that the writings, or ideas, belong to or have come from another source.

Further information: Plagiarism guidance

How the University will respond to acts of plagiarism

The University takes all academic misconduct extremely seriously and plagiarism is an act of academic misconduct.

The University will investigate all alleged instances of plagiarism and the consequences of misconduct in examinations and any other form of assessment are severe.

Further information: Student discipline

Detection of plagiarism

Your Course Leader may require you to submit coursework for assessment via our similarity detection software (Turnitin). Turnitin allows academic staff to check if any similarity identified is acceptable or if it is due to plagiarism or collusion. Detection of plagiarism or collusion could result in disciplinary action being taken against you.

Further information: Understanding the Turnitin Similarity Report

Guidance on how to avoid plagiarism

We have produced a guide to help you understand, identify and avoid the use of plagiarism. It provides information on including references and acknowledgements in assessed work, and examples of how to avoid committing plagiarism unintentionally.