Plagiarism awareness for PhD students

Official College information for students is available from Registry, see Examinations and assessment. Advice and department policies are informed by the College's Cheating Offences Policy and Procedures including procedures for handling alleged cases of student plagiarism in examinations and coursework. This includes the PhD dissertation and viva.

There will also be information available at department websites; please check your local student handbook, department intranet, or ask your supervisor for more guidance. Please pay attention to any local guidance you are given, for example, the accepted use of computer code. It is important to familiarise yourself with ‘common knowledge' within your subject or field, as the misunderstanding of what is and is not common knowledge can lead to plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct and you should ensure that you are familiar with the College's policy on academic conduct. The Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers states under section D., Researchers' responsibilities, that:

"Researchers should recognise their responsibility to conduct and disseminate research results in an honest and ethical manner and to contribute to the wider body of knowledge. (p.12)"

A similar point is made at the College's Statistical Advisory Service web pages.

If you train to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant you will be expected to support undergraduate and/or Master's students. You are strongly recommended to consult Plagiarism awareness for researchers before engaging with students so that you are fully aware of the common types of plagiarism, and the ‘traps' students can unintentionally fall into. They may ask for your advice on how to avoid plagiarism; interpreting information they've found as part of research projects; on how to communicate information; or how to reference. These are all areas where poor advice or lack of assistance could lead to plagiarism.

Be aware of further sources of advice if you cannot confidently answer any questions you receive. 

See Examinations and academic integrity (pdf).