Commissioned advice work
Academic Misconduct Benchmarking Research (AMBeR)
The AMBeR project aimed to identify the range and nature of penalties applicable to cases of student plagiarism in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The project involved a three-fold study of the regulatory and practical aspects of dealing with student plagiarism.
The first phase of the project involved a desktop survey of academic misconduct regulations currently applicable in UK HEI's. Over 150 institutions responded to the request for information, representing an impressive reponse rate of 94% from the sector. The full report and executive summary from the first phase of the project provide further details.
The second phase of the project, conducted by the Academy JISC Academic Integrity Service investigated actual application of penalties for cases of student plagiarism by institutions. The full report and executive summary from this phase provide further details.
PlagiarismAdvice.org undertook an extension of this research, and considered the feasibility of developing a generic penalty tariff for UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). A consultation exercise with a representative selection of institutions took place in 2009, and produced a draft reference tariff. A research report details the consultation exercise and development of the tariff.
The reference tariff was launched at the 4th International Plagiarism Conference, where a group of interested academics suggested a further project applying the tariff to past cases of plagiarism to allow for further refinement. Jo Badge at the University of Leicester is leading this research project, and if you would like to be involved in this work please visit Jo's blog.
Developing assessment strategies which encourage original work: an online guide
This online guide, developed as part of the Higher Education Academy/JISC collaboration initiative collates a range of resources from the academic community and aims to support practitioners in higher and further education to promote original assessed work from students.
Ofqual, in partnership with plagiarismadvice.org, has published three guides to give teachers, students and parents/carers a greater understanding of how to produce honest, authentic and correctly referenced work. The guides are available for download by clicking the links below. Using sources is a guide for students, and describes how good quslity sources can be located, checked for authenticity, authority and accuracy using a range of techniques, including specific advice about popular wiki resource. Authenticity is a guide for teachers and covers current best practice to help ensure that student work is authentic, including the increasingly popular use of originality checking services such Turnitin, which is currently used by awarding bodies. Avoiding plagiarism outlines issues for parents and carers.