Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s work, in whole or in part, as your own. Work means any intellectual output, and typically includes text, data, images, sound or performance.

Penalties for plagiarism 

Plagiarism is dealt with very severely. All students suspected of plagiarism will be subject to an investigation. If found guilty, possible penalties include permanent withdrawal from the University.

If you are suspected of plagiarism, your school will hold a meeting where your case will be heard. If you admit the offence and it is deemed to be minor and a first offence, your penalty will be agreed by the school. If the case is more serious, or is not your first offence, your case will be referred to the Committee on Applications. The Student Cases Team is informed of all cases of suspected plagiarism.

For more information, please read the related procedure.

If you are suspected of plagiarism the Student Advice Centre will offer support and guidance.

Avoiding plagiarism

Plagiarism can be avoided by acknowledging, in an appropriate academic manner, the contribution that others have made to the development of your ideas and the quality of your answers.

As a university level student, you are expected to use appropriate references and keep carefully detailed notes of all your sources of material, including any downloaded from the internet. All new undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are asked to take an academic integrity test through Minerva to make sure you understand how to present other people's ideas accurately and honestly.

Your School has its own requirements for referencing and citation that must be followed in order to avoid being suspected of plagiarism. You must ensure that you know and understand your School's requirements. If you are unsure, you must contact your School immediately. 

For information on how to avoid plagiarism, including how to use references and citations correctly, visit the Skills@Library website

With every piece of assessed work, you will also be asked to complete and sign a declaration of academic integrity, confirming that the work you are submitting is your own and that all sources have been duly acknowledged.

Using someone else's work or ideas in your own written work is not plagiarism if you have appropriately acknowledged the source.