Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Academic practice workshops for referred students

Academic practice workshops (APWs) are provided by SCLS for first-time plagiarists referred after a meeting with their tutor or convenor.

Most students do not intend to plagiarise their work, but are unaware of the academic practice standards required. SCLS offers workshops for referred students to learn about good academic practice.

Referrals include students who have not met the required academic practice standards in either contributory or non-contributory assignments.

All students will need to be referred by their course tutor/convenor and must be referred on a case by case basis. The procedure for referral will depend on whether the work is contributory or non-contributory.

If a student has attended a workshop after a referral for non-contributory work, and there are still on-going academic practice issues with a contributory assessment, they will be able to attend a workshop for a second time. However, to date, there have not been any repeat cases for students who have attended a workshop.

Aims of academic practice workshops

The aim of an APW is to develop and understand what good referencing is, and to understand the principles behind good academic practice. Students attending each workshop are from a range of subject areas, so we are unable to introduce subject-specific referencing systems. Therefore a commonly used system, Harvard, is used. However, the rationale for developing good referencing and academic practice skills can be applied to most subject areas and referencing systems.

Contents of the academic practice workshop:

  • referencing: the details (in-text and bibliography)
  • evaluating paraphrases
  • quiz
  • good academic practice tips
  • three most important points?
  • how do I complete the assessments?

After the workshop, students are asked to complete two assessments. The first is an online plagiarism awareness quiz; the second is a short summary based on a reading pack. There are examples of assessments on the Study Direct site which referred students will have access to.

When completing these assessments a student should be able to demonstrate the following 'can do' statements:

  1. Can recognise both language-based and ideas-based plagiarism (eight out of 10 questions answered correctly to demonstrate this 'can do')


  1. can paraphrase effectively, using own language to express the ideas from a text
  2. can use a named referencing system to acknowledge sources when paraphrasing
  3. can use a named referencing system to acknowledge sources when quoting verbatim (either short or a long quote)
  4. can use Harvard conventions to construct a bibliography/references correctly.


We provide workshops for students referred to us after suspicion of plagiarism. If you have not been referred but want to learn more, see the University's Skills Hub website for self-help on referencing and avoiding academic misconduct.

If your tutor has spoken to you about plagiarism in your work, see Skills Hub's page on the consequences of academic misconduct.


For procedures on referring a student for an APW, see the 'First case of plagiarism' section on the Academic Misconduct page of the Academic Development and Quality Enhancement (ADQE) Office's website.