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Academic Integrity

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is all about being honest at university. This is your degree and it's important that you earn just like everyone else. Here, we've compiled some defnitions of things you might slip up on as well as some resources you can use to make sure you never get accused of cheating. 



Not referencing properly or taking someone else’s work without credit, make sure you’ve got “” in all the right places.


Using your previously marked work in a new assignment.


Copying someone else’s work or having some else help you with your work – be careful in group work!

Unfair advantage:

Anything that didn’t come from you that could improve your work. This includes someone making corrections!


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Explaining someone’s idea in your own words but you must include a credit to the author.


Something that someone else has said or written, contained within quotation marks (“”). You should always add where it’s from to make a proper citation.

“You should reference your work.”


A quote from someone, along with their surname, the year of publication and a detail of where it’s from like the page number, that you include within the text.

“Academic integrity is important.” (Smith, 2019, p.12)


The full details of where the quote or idea is from, it includes an in-text citation and a line in your bibliography. The details you need to include in your bibliography change depending on whether you are using a book, an article, a webpage or something else.


The page(s) at the end of your assignment where all your references live. It’s usually in alphabetical order.

If you're ever unsure about Academic Integrity, you can get in touch with the Advice Centre at or by phoning 01484 473446  to book an appointment.