You may receive a letter from your department inviting you in for a meeting regarding a specific piece of work. This normally indicates that there has been an allegation of Plagiarism made or an assessment offence is thought to have been committed, and a meeting if often the first step in the process.

The formal definition of plagiarism that the University uses is:

The incorporation by a student in work for assessment of material which is not their own, in the sense that all or a substantial part of the work has been copied without any adequate attempt at attribution or has been incorporated as if it were the student's own, when in fact it is wholly or substantially the work of another person or persons.

Large and significant sections of the work


Accurate referencing in accordance with one of the University's approved referencing conventions

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism includes:

  • Copying material from any source and trying to pass it off as your own work

  • Paraphrasing material without appropriate acknowledgement and not in accordance with the University’s agreed referencing conventions. This includes computer language and programs, scientific experiments and visual images in addition to standard written text

  • Collusion, where the assessment artefact is prepared by someone else and presented as your own work

  • Purchase of essay/project/computer program

  • Submission of essay/project/computer program written by someone else

  • Submission of another student’s work with or without that student’s knowledge or consent

Using your own previous work is classed as "Self-Plagiarism" (if not referenced correctly) and so is also seen as Academic Misconduct. This is because as well as every piece of work you do being your own work, it must be new work.

The Process

What happens if you receive an allegation of plagiarism?

  • Your department will ensure that the work has been evaluated by all available resources (Turnitin UK)

  • You will receive an email or letter to inform you that there is a Plagiarism allegation which needs to be discussed and resolved, you should also receive a copy of the assessed work bringing to your attention where the issues have occurred.

  • You will be asked to attend a meeting, where you will be interviewed by the Head of the Department to establish the amount of plagiarism involved.

  • The appointed person will need to determine whether the matter should be dealt with as Minor or Major misconduct, and whether you are guilty or not guilty of Plagiarism. If you cannot attend the meeting you should inform the authorised person before the interview, if not, the meeting may proceed without you.

  • The meeting will offer you the opportunity to explain your version of events. Please remember that you are entitled to be accompanied to this meeting, so you do not have to face these proceedings alone.

How the Union Advice Service can help

We can...

  • guide you through the University’s Code of Student Behaviour Misconduct Procedures

  • offer you support and accompany you to the Plagiarism Allegation meeting

  • help you with identifying and accessing additional/personal support that may be beneficial to you

  • assist you with lodging an Appeal, if you are dissatisfied with the proceedings or outcome of the meeting and have valid grounds for an Appeal

For support with the Plagiarism Procedure please submit a support request form and we can arrange an appointment to go through it in more detail.

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