Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is defined by the International Center for Academic Integrity as embodying six values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage (ICAI, 2019). If these values are adhered to then assessment will be fair.


Plagiarism is an aspect of academic misconduct which threatens fair assessment. It also raises important learning and teaching issues. Support, guidance and education of both staff and students in good anti-plagiarism practice is key.The University’s philosophy takes plagiarism seriously, but also acknowledges that, in a complex learning climate, an education-led approach is desirable and more sustainable.

The University’s Plagiarism Policy was approved by Academic Board for implementation in September 2015.

University procedures for dealing with alleged cases of plagiarism are detailed in the Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Procedures.

The Plagiarism Policy is under review in 2020.

Forms and Templates

Advice and Guidance on using Turnitin is available from the Blackboard HELP tab.

Contract Cheating

Contract cheating, the practice of students engaging a third-party to complete assignments which they then submit as their own work, is on the rise in Higher Education. As such, it is essential to raise awareness of its risks to both staff and students.

Essay mills are increasingly being used by, and indeed are promoting their services to, students. This is when a student pays money in order to engage someone to write an essay or other assessment for them. Contract cheating can also include a student asking a friend or family member to write their work for them, or downloading an essay from a website.

The poster below (downloadable version available on the right), highlights some of the key areas you should be aware of relating to contract cheating and how you can support your students:

 Contract cheating infographic poster (002)



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