Academic integrity

Academic integrity is doing your own work and giving credit to others for their work. Academic integrity requires all of us to follow good academic practice, which involves reflecting on how you research and take notes, and making sure you are familiar with all the university's rules and regulations about the work you submit. It is a more complex subject than you might think, so we recommend that all new students complete the university's Academic Integrity online module. 

In addition, please scroll down for our recommended strategies and resources. 

Engage your own thinking

Thinking critically about what you read allows you to develop the confidence to draw your own conclusions instead of simply repeating what others have written.

Take good notes

It is easy to forget where you got something from so when taking notes write down all the details you might need including page numbers. If you had to read it to know it, you'll need to reference it!

Show the sources that have influenced your thinking

You are part of an academic community and need to show how what you have read has influenced your thinking and developed your ideas.

Reference accurately and fully

Whenever you use the ideas and thoughts of someone else, you must include a reference.

Familiarise yourself with Brookes’ principles of academic conduct

You need to avoid


  • Presenting or submitting someone else's work (words or ideas), intentionally or unintentionally, as your own. This is considered to be a form of cheating.

Inadequate paraphrasing

  • Changing a few words and phrases from the original text but retaining too much of the original structure and expressions.


  • Working with others but submitting the assignment as your own individual work.


  • Submitting work for one module which has been assessed and passed in another.


  • Including false data in assignments, e.g. quotations that no one actually said, or statistics that are invented.

Familiarise yourself with Brookes' definitions of cheating