Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Self-plagiarism and collusion

Guidance to help you understand and avoid self-plagiarism and collusion.

'Self-plagiarism'

Every piece of work that you submit for assessment at university, as well as being your own work, must be new work. You cannot submit the same or partly the same work for more than one assignment, even if the assignments are for different courses, different years of study or even different degrees. Self-plagiarism is considered to be deceit by the University.

The following information sheet gives you some advice about avoiding self-plagiarism:

Collusion

This is another form of academic misconduct that can happen when students submit assignments that should be completely their own work but have been done wholly or in part by / with other people.

The following information sheet gives you some advice about avoiding collusion:

For University of Edinburgh descriptions of these and other forms of academic misconduct, look at the 'What is academic misconduct?' page of the following page: