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Good scholar guide

Work hard, play fair

No one likes someone who doesn’t play fair, whether they’re on the sports pitch or studying at the University. So here’s our guide to being a good academic scholar – and making sure you don’t fall foul of the rules.

Make a plan

Give yourself time to plan your coursework, compose the words and draw any diagrams. The longer you leave it to get started the scarier it becomes.

Get your referencing right

Make sure you know the right way to reference for your subject. The Library website has some advice and guidance and you can always ask your tutor or the academic librarians for advice. Remember that diagrams and tables need references as much as text does.

Don’t be a copy cat

The University has a range of software programmes that can match text, computer code, mathematics formulae and diagrams and remember everything ever submitted, including all previous student assignments. So never ever be tempted to copy someone else’s work.

Sharing’s not always a good thing

Never give your work to anyone, as you have no idea what they might do with it. You would be allowing someone else to gain an unfair advantage, and both you and the person you’ve shared your work with will be committing academic misconduct.

Keep it safe

It’s your responsibility to keep your work secure. Always close documents and log out to prevent your work being stolen. Don't leave your work accessible in shared drives or on shared computers. 

Copying yourself 

Submitting the same piece of work for different assignments is self-plagiarism. It incurs the same penalties as copying someone else if you don't quote reference appropriately or reference your own work correctly. 

Using someone else

Enabling or paying for someone else to produce work for you, which you then submit as your own, is plagiarism and fraud. The University has terminated the studies of students found guilty of doing this academic misconduct offence.