Academic Malpractice

Academic malpractice is any attempt – intentional or otherwise - to seek for yourself or another person an unfair advantage with a view to achieving a higher mark in an assessment than you would otherwise secure. It includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of results.

To help you understand what constitutes academic malpractice first year students have to complete an online course as part of the MATHS1000 Study Module (Induction).

University guidance for students on academic malpractice can be found at:

Students found guilty of academic malpractice will be penalised. Penalties include a mark of zero for the piece of work, loss of credit or expulsion from the degree programme.


Plagiarism is presenting the ideas, work or words of other people without proper, clear and unambiguous acknowledgement. This includes ‘self-plagiarism’ where you submit a piece of work you have presented for assessment on another occasion and submission of work from ‘essay banks’.


Collusion includes copying parts of another student’s work or allowing someone to copy your work. It is acceptable for students to discuss coursework in general terms but the submitted assessment should be all your own work. You should not show your work to another student. Students who allow another student to copy their work are also committing collusion and both the copier and the provider of the work are liable to be penalised. Students should take care not to leave work on printers or share passwords with other students.

Fabrication or falsification of data

Some courses will involve practical work where results and data are generated.  You should not fabricate these results or data. They should be properly obtained and documented.

A full list of academic related policies is available from:

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