Academic integrity

  • Academic integrity is doing your own work and giving credit to others for their work. You must show integrity in all of your work at university.

    Our top tips

    Academic integrity involves good academic practice. You should:

    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

    Learn more about Academic integrity

    It's essential to know how to make good decisions about academic integrity during all stages of your work. Brookes students can log-in and complete this short course on Moodle to find out more about what academic integrity means and how it relates to all aspects of your studies:

    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, eg quotations that no one actually said, or statistics that are invented.

    Familiarise yourself with Brookes' definitions of cheating