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Academic support

Guidance for staff and students on academic integrity and avoiding potential plagiarism

It is important to think about academic integrity long before work is submitted for marking.

As teaching and support staff, we can direct our students to people and resources that can help guide toward good practice when it comes to writing, drawing upon the work of others, using quotations, citing other authors, references etc.

As students we can make use of this support as early as possible and follow University guidance in order to avoid the kinds of issues that Turnitin can highlight.

Use of AI and its detection

The University has issued advice for staff and students considering using generative AI (GenAI) or wanting to know more about its detection:

AI Guidance for staff (internal link)

AI Guidance for students (internal link)

Academic Services

The Academic Services section of the University’s website provides guidance for staff and students on avoiding plagiarism and University procedures for dealing with academic misconduct:

Academic misconduct (internal link)

Good academic practice

The University’s Institute for Academic Development (IAD) and the Library provides advice which can help avoid instances of accidental plagiarism:

All students

Good academic practice (guidance on referencing and avoiding plagiarism)

Library Bitesize: How to reference and avoid plagiarism [video; 20mins; subtitled]

Referencing and Reference Management (guidance from the Library)

Study Hub (online advice and downloadable learning resources, including academic writing)


Undergraduate workshops (online)

Undergraduate Study Skills Consultations (half-hour one-to-one session with a Study Development Advisor)


PGT Courses and Events (online)

Postgraduate Study Skills Consultations (half-hour one-to-one session with a Study Development Advisor)


Further issues

If you have any issues using Turnitin, contact the IS Helpline with as much detail possible (e.g. browser, platform, course):