Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Plagiarism is the use of ideas, methods or written words of another person or group without acknowledgement of the source, and with the intention of portraying the work of others as your own. If you summarise another person’s work without acknowledging them, or make minor alterations to a piece of text and present it without quoting the source, you are plagiarising. In the course of academic life plagiarism occurs not only when the work of acknowledged scholars is taken, but also the work of peers, particularly other students. Plagiarism is a form of theft fraud. It constitutes an academic offence.

Download the Academic Dishonesty in Coursework Policy for further information.

Want to Avoid Plagiarising?

The University doesn’t assume that everybody wants to plagiarise. In fact, we realise that many cases of plagiarism that are picked up during assessment are inadvertent; they often happen because students don’t understand the conventions of academic referencing and citation well enough. To help with this, we strongly encourage you to complete the University Library’s online Plagiarism and Academic Honesty module. This tutorial will help you understand plagiarism and academic honesty issues better, and will help you acquire the skills in referencing and citation that you need to avoid plagiarising the work of others unintentionally. You will receive a certificate of completion when you finish the tutorial.


Students should be aware that some written work submitted for assessment in units of study offered by this Faculty may be submitted to similarity detecting software called Turnitin. The purpose of using Turnitin is to help lecturers and tutors to detect instances of apparent plagiarism. More information is available in this guideline for students and in unit of study outlines for those units in which turnitin will be used.