About Academic Integrity

Find out what Academic Integrity is and why it is important

The importance of Academic Integrity

UCL requires high academic standards in order to maintain trust and confidence in our world-leading research and teaching, as well as the individuals who work and study here.   

Through your UCL education you will become an independent learner and knowledge creator. To be successful you must develop good academic practice skills and avoid any type of Academic Misconduct.

Research Integrity

Academic integrity is connected to research integrity as both relate to ensuring the honesty and transparency of academic work.  

Academic integrity refers to academic written work and means being honest in your academic work, and making sure that you formally recognise and reference the existing knowledge and ideas on which your work is based.

Research integrity applies to all those undertaking research at or in collaboration with UCL staff and students.  Therefore, all student research needs to also comply with the Statement on Research integrity and the Framework for research integrity – see the Research Integrity Website.

Good Academic Practice

Examples of good academic practice can include:

  • Having an honest and ethical approach to your studies;
  • Ensuring that all of your work is your own; 
  • Giving credit to the work of others;
  • Making sure that, in your own work, your own thoughts and ideas are distinct from those of others. This includes referencing, citing, and correctly attributing material to its source matter.

To ensure you maintain your Academic Integrity it is important to develop good academic practice skills.

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