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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.

As part of the submission process, theses will be submitted to Turnitin, the University's plagiarism detection software.

Information on unfair means

RIS 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.