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Scientific Misconduct, Plagiarism and University Policy on use of Turnitin Software


The fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception in proposing, carrying out or reporting results of research and deliberate, dangerous or negligent deviations from accepted practice in carrying out research. It includes failure to follow agreed protocol if this failure results in unreasonable risk or harm to humans, other sentient beings or the environment, and facilitating of misconduct in research by collusion in, or concealment of, such actions by others. It includes any plan or conspiracy or attempt to do any of these things.  Misconduct in this context does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretation or judgement in evaluating research methods or results, or misconduct (including gross misconduct) unrelated to the research process.
Link to:  University Policy on Research Misconduct


Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of the work of others as if this were your own original work.

  • This is irrespective of intent to deceive
  • It applies to unacknowledged quotation of web pages as much as to other materials such as books or figures
  • It also applies to unacknowledged use of ideas
Links to: University-wide statement on plagiarism
Good academic practice and plagiarism
Faculty of Biology Guidance on Plagiarism

University use of Turnitin Software

Your examiners are experts in their field and are therefore extremely likely to spot work that has been copied from another source or not referenced appropriately. Your faculty or department may also check the authenticity of your work by using specialist software which can detect plagiarism.

The University has a site licence for Turnitin UK, which provides originality reports for matched text between student submissions and its database of sources. Note: From 1 October 2016, the University will no longer require Faculties and Departments wishing to use Turnitin UK to obtain the explicit consent of students to submit their assessed work to the software.

If a Supervisor or Examiner suspect plagiarism in any piece of work for examination or publication, or even in formative pieces of work such as literature reviews and 1st Yr reports,  they will be at liberty to request that this be examined by Turnitin if facts are disputed.  The Graduate Education Committee will act as first arbiter in such disputes.

Link to: University Turnitin Policy 16/17