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Academic Practice 

‌Good academic practice takes time and effort to get right. There are many resources available to support you in this process and it's worth remembering, you are part of the academic community, not working in isolation.

To ensure you are working to the highest standard, make sure you are aware of academic misconduct, plagiarism and collusion.


The fundamental values of Academic Integrity 

Honesty  –  acknowledging what is your own work and what ideas you have sourced from others, as well as what is your independent work and what is the product of legitimate collaboration

Trust  –  ensuring that others can trust that the work you produce is your own, and that the data and findings you produce are the product of well-conducted research

Fairness  – knowing that the grades and award you achieve will be the product of hard work within the rules of the University and that you have not employed unfair means to gain an advantage

Respect  –  you respect the hard work and contribution of your fellow students and members of the wider academic community by acknowledging their research and ideas in your work

Responsibility – you take responsibility for ensuring you understand the academic conventions you need to follow in order to demonstrate the authenticity of your work, for example by managing your research and accurately using a referencing system

Center for Academic Integrity. The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. [Internet] The Center for Academic Integrity; 1999 [cited 2013 July 1]. Available from: 


If you have any questions or problems that you need help with, there are several people you can contact.

  • Your supervisor, departmental staff and class mates.
  • For general queries about academic integrity, email the Academic Integrity Coordinator at 
  • The Writing Centre & Maths Skills Centre can also provide you with support.
  • Your Academic Liaison Librarian can provide you with help on finding and evaluating resources and referencing within your specific subject area.
  • The Digital Skills Guides have excellent resources for improving you academic and digital literacy 
  • You may also be able to receieve support and advice from YUSU or GSA


In addition to the online resources available, we highly recommend the resources available in the University Library. These include specific guides on referencing but you shouldn't restrict yourself just to those. Learning good academic practice is a case of improving your overall study skills, so check out the great guides on studying at university, learning how to argue and also make sure to study the dissertation guides for your relevenat subject.

  • Bonnett, A. (2011). How to argue3rd ed. Essex: Pearson Education.(029.6 BON)
  • Cottrell, S (2008). The study skills handbook3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (K8.122 COT)
  • Greasley, P. (2011). Doing essays and assignments: essential tips for students. London: SAGE. (029.6GRE)
  • Levin, P. (2009). Write great essays! 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. (029.6 LEV)
  • McMillan, K. and Weyers, J. (2006). The smarter student. Essex: Pearson Education. (K8.122 MCM)
  • Neville, C. (2010). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.(029.6 NEV)
  • Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2010). Cite them right, 8th ed. Newcastle upon Tyne: Pear Tree Books. (029.6 PEA)
  • Peck, J. and Coyle, M. (2005). The student's guide to writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (029.6 PEC)
  • Rumsey, S. (2008). How to find information. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (028.7 RUM)