Academic Integrity

What is Academic Integrity?

Whilst at University, you are held to the principles of academic integrity, which is an expectation that students will behave with honesty, respect, trust, fairness and be responsible in the way they carry out and present academic work. 

What can you do to develop skills for good academic practice and maintain academic integrity?

There are a number of things that are important in developing good academic practice in order to maintain academic integrity. Below are 5 main areas to be mindful of, that will help you study smart and avoid academic misconduct.


Planning & Time Management

Writing a piece of work, and revising can often take longer than you think. Plan your work and revision in advance, putting in interim deadlines if you are working towards multiple deadlines.

Workshops

The University runs a number of workshops focussed on supporting students with a range of academic and wellbeing issues, including ‘Pushing through procrastination’ and ‘Developing helpful exam strategies’.

Useful Resources

  • Google Calendar - As the University provides you with access to Google’s suite of resources, you can use this useful tool to plan your deadlines

  • Google Keep - make lists and notes, or take photos and record audio to help manage your academic work

  • Freedom - an app that blocks the internet, social media and apps to help avoid distraction

  • Self Control for Mac and Chrome - a free app that helps you avoid distracting websites


Note-taking & Referencing

Ensure that you carefully document the source of information including full citation details. If you are noting down quotes, a top tip is to use a different coloured pen, or quotation marks.

Workshops

The Library and IT Services run workshops aimed at improving academic skills, including ‘[citation needed] : Improving your understanding of referencing by improving Wikipedia’ (November 8th) and ‘Where did I read that thing?: Reference management’ (November 22nd)

Useful Resources


Using Tools for Learning

Attend a Turnitin workshop to understand how best you can use it to improve your academic work. You can also use apps and other software to help organise your research, note-taking and manage your references.

Workshops

  • Digital Wednesdays- digital training events running every Wednesday during Autumn Term with various topics to choose from

  • Workshop on ‘Turnitin: Text-matching software to help check your work is plagiarism free and reflect on your academic writing’

Useful Resources

Digital Skills Guides- information on note-taking applications, making and organising notes and annotating electronic texts


Support & Wellbeing

Contact your supervisor or tutors for help and support relating to academic work and use opportunities to get formative feedback. If the unexpected happens and there are exceptional circumstances affecting your academic work, make sure to tell someone - don't suffer in silence. It is possible to submit an Exceptional circumstances claim which, if successful,  could result in an extension, or another opportunity to be assessed.

Workshops

The University runs a number of workshops focussed on supporting students with a range of academic and wellbeing issues, including ‘Pushing through procrastination’ and ‘Using anxiety as a positive

Useful Resources

  • Your supervisor - contact your supervisor for help with your academic work

  • Academic Liaison Librarians - you can search the Library’s subject guides that are designed to help you find information and access materials relevant to your department, or seek help from your department’s Academic Liaison Librarian

  • The Writing Centre - is a free service open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students interested in discussing and development their academic writing

  • Writing Week Videos - a range of resources to help develop your academic writing. Writing Week this academic year will be in February 2018

  • The Maths Skills Centre - is a free service that helps all undergraduate and postgraduate students with mathematics and statistic topics including advice on approaching tricky problems and signposting to useful resources

  • Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) - offers academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for international students to help achieve greater independence and higher levels of criticality

  • Disability Support - can offer and arrange academic support and adjustments for students who have a disability or a long-term health condition that has a significant impact on their ability to study

  • Exceptional Circumstances Guide - a simple guide on exceptional circumstances

  • Royal Literary Fellows - are professional writers based in the English department but available to all students. They provide a free and confidential consultation service to help boost confidence in writing.

  • Wellbeing guidance - the University’s top tips for wellbeing, as well as self-help resources, workshops available to students


Avoiding Academic Misconduct

Not planning in advance and managing your time effectively, or poor note-taking, has the potential to lead to academic misconduct. Make sure you study smart to avoid finding yourself in this situation. If the situation arises, the Advice & Support Centre at YUSU and the Graduate Students’ Association (for PG students) can support you through an Academic Misconduct investigation. Look through our Academic Misconduct page for more information.

Workshops

Workshop on ‘Turnitin: Text-matching software to help check your work is plagiarism free and reflect on your academic writing.

Useful Resources

YUSU Guide on ‘Avoiding academic misconduct