Unfair Means


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.

When preparing essays, projects or other work, you will read widely and become familiar with the work of others. You should ensure that the materials you prepare for submission are your own original work. A lecturer or tutor who is assessing your work is interested in your understanding of an idea and you should use your own words to demonstrate your understanding. The selective quoting of material from books and articles is permissible, but the material must always be attributed to its sources by means of quotation, referencing and use of a bibliography. You should consult the Departmental Style Guide for guidance.

The basic principle underlying the preparation of any piece of academic work is that the work submitted must be your own original work. Plagiarism and collusion are not allowed because they go against this principle. Please note that the rules about plagiarism and collusion apply to all assessed and non-assessed work. Cutting and pasting from web sites is also unacceptable.

Any unfair means detected via Turnitin will be referred to the Department's Unfair Means Officer who will arrange a formal meeting to discuss the work with the student. Students are warned that penalties for unfair means can be as severe as the piece of work affected being marked at 0.

Information on unfair means

SSiD guidance on plagiarism, collusion and unfair means in assessment.

Referencing management

Library guidance on referencing management

Writing Advisory Service

The Writing Advisory Service is offered by the ELTC to help you develop your academic writing skills.