Did you know?
There were 488 cases of plagiarism at the University in 2015/16.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. In other words, plagiarism is a type of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and being deceitful about it. All of the following are considered plagiarism:
- submitting someone else's work as your own
- copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
The penalties for plagiarism at the University of Wolverhampton range from failing the piece of work in question through to exclusion from the University (depending on your level of study, the nature of the plagiarism and whether you’ve committed previous offences).
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided by citing sources and simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed by correctly referencing. The university uses Turnitin, a software program which can identify when you have used other people’s words and can identify where those words came from!
Help & Support
For support with referencing (including RefWorks) and academic writing check out the Skills for Learning department:
For further information on academic misconduct please see the University’s Conduct and Appeals Department webpages: