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Academic integrity & plagiarism

Academic integrity and plagiarism

What is academic integrity?

At the University of Leeds, students are part of an academic community that shares ideas and develops new ones. As part of this, you need to learn how to interpret and present other people's ideas, and combine them with your own to produce academic work. Academic integrity is about making sure you do this correctly and acknowledge the work of others, thereby avoiding plagiarism.

Our Academic integrity tutorial (opens in a new window) will introduce you to some key academic skills to help you develop as an independent learner and critical thinker; it takes around 60 minutes to complete.

Students who are new to the University this year (Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate) are required to complete an Academic Integrity Test. See the VLE Guide for instructions on how to access the test.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as "Presenting someone else's work, in whole or in part, as your own. Work means any intellectual output, and typically includes text, data, images, sound or performance." (University of Leeds, 2015)

Why does effective action against plagiarism matter? 

  1. So that you, the University and employers can be sure that you earned your degree fairly and that it is of high quality.
  2. So that you can be proud of your independent, individual work and can know that your achievements are not being undermined by the misdeeds of others.
  3. So that all Leeds University students develop as independent, critical thinkers, willing and able to contribute to academic debates and developments in their chosen subject areas.

Understanding what plagiarism is

To avoid plagiarising, you need to have a full understanding of what plagiarism is.