Whilst at University, you are held to the principles of academic integrity, which is an expectation that students will behave with honesty, respect, trust, fairness and be responsible in the way they carry out and present academic work.
There are a number of things that are important in developing good academic practice in order to maintain academic integrity. Below are 5 main areas to be mindful of, that will help you study smart and avoid academic misconduct.
Writing a piece of work, and revising can often take longer than you think. Plan your work and revision in advance, putting in interim deadlines if you are working towards multiple deadlines.
The University runs a number of workshops focussed on supporting students with a range of academic and wellbeing issues, including ‘Pushing through procrastination’ and ‘Developing helpful exam strategies’.
Google Calendar - As the University provides you with access to Google’s suite of resources, you can use this useful tool to plan your deadlines
Google Keep - make lists and notes, or take photos and record audio to help manage your academic work
Freedom - an app that blocks the internet, social media and apps to help avoid distraction
Ensure that you carefully document the source of information including full citation details. If you are noting down quotes, a top tip is to use a different coloured pen, or quotation marks.
The Library and IT Services run workshops aimed at improving academic skills, including ‘ : Improving your understanding of referencing by improving Wikipedia’ (November 8th) and ‘Where did I read that thing?: Reference management’ (November 22nd)
Academic Integrity webpage - will help you gain the skills needed to reference and approach your assignments with confidence. It is part of a package of resources to help you develop the skills you need to study successfully
Tips for making useful notes
Replay Lecture Capture - videos of presentation slides and audio on a range of different topics including ‘From Note-taking to Note-making’ and ‘Making the most of your lectures’
Digital Skills Guides - information on note-taking applications, making and organising notes and annotating electronic texts
Writing week workshop on ‘Referencing in your dissertation’
Attend a Turnitin workshop to understand how best you can use it to improve your academic work. You can also use apps and other software to help organise your research, note-taking and manage your references.
Digital Wednesdays- digital training events running every Wednesday during Autumn Term with various topics to choose from
Workshop on ‘Turnitin: Text-matching software to help check your work is plagiarism free and reflect on your academic writing’
Digital Skills Guides- information on note-taking applications, making and organising notes and annotating electronic texts
Contact your supervisor or tutors for help and support relating to academic work and use opportunities to get formative feedback. If the unexpected happens and there are exceptional circumstances affecting your academic work, make sure to tell someone - don't suffer in silence. It is possible to submit an Exceptional circumstances claim which, if successful, could result in an extension, or another opportunity to be assessed.
Your supervisor - contact your supervisor for help with your academic work
Academic Liaison Librarians - you can search the Library’s subject guides that are designed to help you find information and access materials relevant to your department, or seek help from your department’s Academic Liaison Librarian
The Writing Centre - is a free service open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students interested in discussing and development their academic writing
Writing Week Videos - a range of resources to help develop your academic writing. Writing Week this academic year will be in February 2018
The Maths Skills Centre - is a free service that helps all undergraduate and postgraduate students with mathematics and statistic topics including advice on approaching tricky problems and signposting to useful resources
Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) - offers academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for international students to help achieve greater independence and higher levels of criticality
Disability Support - can offer and arrange academic support and adjustments for students who have a disability or a long-term health condition that has a significant impact on their ability to study
Exceptional Circumstances Guide - a simple guide on exceptional circumstances
Royal Literary Fellows - are professional writers based in the English department but available to all students. They provide a free and confidential consultation service to help boost confidence in writing.
Wellbeing guidance - the University’s top tips for wellbeing, as well as self-help resources, workshops available to students
Not planning in advance and managing your time effectively, or poor note-taking, has the potential to lead to academic misconduct. Make sure you study smart to avoid finding yourself in this situation. If the situation arises, the Advice & Support Centre at YUSU and the Graduate Students’ Association (for PG students) can support you through an Academic Misconduct investigation. Look through our Academic Misconduct page for more information.
Workshop on ‘Turnitin: Text-matching software to help check your work is plagiarism free and reflect on your academic writing.
YUSU Guide on ‘Avoiding academic misconduct’