Plagiarism

The University takes plagiarism very seriously and is committed to ensuring that so far as possible it is detected and dealt with appropriately.

Plagiarism is the act of including in one’s work the work of another person without providing adequate acknowledgement of having done so, either deliberately or unintentionally. At whatever stage of a student’s course, whether discovered before or after graduation, plagiarism will be investigated and dealt with.

Avoiding plagiarism

Students must ensure that any work they submit for assessment is their own. Where their work includes quotations, theories, ideas, data or any other materials which are the work of another person or persons, they should ensure that they have taken all reasonable steps to acknowledge the source. Students should ensure that they are familiar with the referencing requirements of their programme of study.

Plagiarism software

Many areas of the University now use ‘Turnitin’ plagiarism detection software to assist in detecting possible cases of plagiarism. ‘Turnitin UK’ is an online service which searches the World Wide Web and extensive databases of reference material, as well as content previously submitted by other users.

Once work has been submitted to the system, it becomes part of the ever-growing database of material against which subsequent submissions are checked. Turnitin makes no decisions about whether a student has plagiarised, it simply highlights sections of text which are duplicated in other sources. In most cases, the text will have been correctly cited. Where highlighted sections are relevant and appropriate cited, the course tutor will be able to see this.

Further information on Turnitin, including guidance for staff wishing to register to use the software, is available from Information Services.

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