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Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct


The University subscribes to Turnitin UK text-matching software, which is widely used in UK Universities and matches text of submitted work to that in a large database of online sources.  

All students should be aware that any work submitted for assessment purposes may be submitted to Turnitin UK software for screening.

The University encourages all Faculties and Departments to make use of the software, although the method of use will vary depending on the subject area and course; some courses will screen all work, while some may undertake random checks or only screen particular pieces of work where concerns have been raised by Examiners.  Any piece of assessed work may be submitted to the software for similarity review, and may be retained within the Turnitin UK source database for future comparisons.  In addition, some Colleges may offer students more formative use of the software through their Director of Studies.

Students should ensure they have read and understood both the University's Definition of Academic Misconduct, and the specific guidance for their Faculty/Department.  All submissions to the software will be made in compliance with UK Data Protection and Copyright Law.  Where use of the software may indicate a breach of academic integrity, further investigation will be undertaken in line with University policy.

Students may not use the University's licence to check their own work prior to submission, except where this is offered by the Faculty/Department as formative feedback.  

The following pages provide further information about how the software is used, and students' rights and responsibilities. 

Students should contact their Director of Studies or College Tutor in the first instance with queries regarding any aspect of plagiarism, or use of Turnitin UK software.