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University signs up to Academic Integrity Charter

13 Sep 2021

The University has joined 133 UK higher education institutions in signing up to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)’s Academic Integrity Charter

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Launched on 21 October 2020, the Charter was developed with the support of the QAA Academic Integrity Advisory Group in response to the fact that academic misconduct is a growing problem globally, and the need to ensure across the sector that every student’s qualification is genuine, verifiable and respected. 

Signing up represents an institutional pledge to implement the Charter’s principles and commitments through a ‘whole community’ approach; working with staff and students, and in collaboration with other institutions, to protect and promote academic integrity and take action against academic misconduct. It signifies the importance of supporting students so that they are able to make the right decisions around academic integrity. It’s everyone’s responsibility to know and understand our position and what we can do about it.

Professor April McMahon, Vice-President Teaching, Learning and Students, highlights the significance of the University signing up to the Academic Integrity Charter: “It’s great news that our University has signed up to the Charter, and that we will be supporting our students to help them make the right decisions for their academic futures.”

The Charter provides a baseline position upon which providers should build their own policies and practices. Towards the end of 2021, the QAA will report on emerging sector practice, including how institutions have used this Charter. This information will shape future work within our own institution going forward.

This decision builds on work the University has already begun promoting academic integrity, including advice to students on avoiding academic malpractice and the staff-facing Contract Cheating Toolkit which covers prevention, detection and ultimately guidance on how to take action where cases are detected. It contains information for Academic Advisors, Programme Directors, PASS leaders and Peer Mentors, as well as suggestions on how to introduce discussions around ethics and malpractice into your teaching.

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