When you hand in a piece of assessed coursework, you will be expected to make a declaration that the work is your own and, where you have re-used your own work and/or used other sources of information, that you have referenced the material appropriately.
The University uses Ouriginal to check that academic integrity is being maintained. This service checks electronic, text-based submissions against a large database of material from other sources and, for each submission, produces an 'originality report’. It makes no judgement on the intention behind the inclusion of unoriginal work and does not indicate whether the unoriginal work is referenced or not; it simply highlights its presence and links to the original source, enabling the person reviewing the report to determine whether or not plagiarism has occurred.
The service complies with European Data Protection legislation. When you registered with the University, you gave it permission to process your personal data for a variety of legitimate purposes. This includes allowing the University to disclose such data to third parties for purposes relating to your studies. The University, at its sole discretion, may submit the work of any student to the Plagiarism Detection Service (in accordance with Regulation 15.3e – see below) and may make, or authorise third parties to make, copies of any such work for the purposes of:
- assessment of the work;
- comparison with databases of earlier work or previously available works to confirm the work is original;
- addition to databases of works used to ensure that future works submitted at this institution and others do not contain content from the work submitted.
The University will not make any more copies of your work than are necessary, and will only retain these for so long as remains necessary, for these purposes.
Please note that, if at any time the University submits any of your work to the Plagiarism Detection Service, the service will be provided with, and will retain, certain personal data relating to you – for example, your name, email address, programme details and the work submitted. Such data may be transferred by the Plagiarism Detection Service to countries worldwide (some of which may not be governed by EU data legislation) in order for the work to be checked and an originality report generated in accordance with the proper workings of the Plagiarism Detection Service. Personal data is retained indefinitely by the Plagiarism Detection Service upon submission of work. You may ask for your personal data to be removed by contacting the University’s Data Protection Officer.
The University's full description of procedures on Examination and Assessment Offences (QA53).
Regulation 15, Assessment of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes.
University Data Protection Officer