Plagiarism and Collusion and the Use of Unfair Means in Assessment


Assessment, whatever form it takes, is the means by which the University tests whether a student has achieved the objectives of a course and the standards of an award. It is fundamentally important that students are assessed fairly, and on equal terms with each other for the same award.

Any attempt by a student to use unfair means to gain advantage over another student in the completion of an assessment, or to assist someone else to gain an unfair advantage, is cheating. Cheating undermines the standards of the University's awards and disadvantages those students who have attempted to complete assessments honestly and fairly. It is an offence against the values of the academic community of which students and staff are both part.

More detailed guidance for students on what constitutes unfair means and how to avoid this, is provided on the SSiD webpages.

The Library also provides online information literacy skills tutorials and information on reference management software:

The English Language Teaching Centre operates a Writing Advisory Service through which students can make individual appointments to discuss a piece of writing. This is available for all students, both native and non-native speakers of English.

There is no objection to your discussing the subject of an essay or project with fellow students in general terms, or to quoting from various sources in the work submitted. If you have any problems with an assignment you should always consult your module tutor, who will give general advice and help.

Both plagiarism and collusion are strictly forbidden. Students are warned that the normal penalty will be that the piece of work affected is marked at 0. The student may also be referred to the University Discipline Committee.