Supporting Students’ Academic Integrity

The University of Northampton supports the development of students’ academic practice. This is achieved through collaborative academic integrity campaigns sponsored by the Students’ Union and Student and Academic Services, and through Academic Integrity Officers (AIOs), who provide support across the Faculties. ILT also facilitates an Academic Integrity Working Group which comprises members of academic and professional services staff from across the Institution who are interested in this area of practice.

Centrally, the Institute of Learning and Teaching supports capacity development among academic staff for addressing academic integrity within their teaching practice. This work is underpinned by a thorough annual review of the Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy and input from the Academic Integrity Working group. Our main focus is on helping students develop good academic practices. This is supported in a number of ways:

  1. The AIMS Resource. This active and engaging session explores some of the issues and common pitfalls around academic practice and only takes 1 hour of class time.
  2. Top Tips for Developing Good Academic Practice – view this new webpage on the student portal and promote it to your students!
  3. UNPAC 2017. This new resource is a standalone module with short, engaging activities on all aspects of good academic practice, including finding and choosing quality resources, plagiarism and time management. As well as developing students’ knowledge and skills in these areas, it also gives guidance on the academic misconduct process at the University. Students can complete the whole module, or focus on individual sections as required. Upon completion of all three sections, students can download a certificate of completion. It is a useful starting place for staff wishing to incorporate the AIMS resource into their teaching. One of our students said about UNPAC 2017 that …

all of the units [were] really attention grabbing … the quizzes at the end were especially useful to check my understanding … the videos … were motivating


There are also other sources of support across the University, including:

You can also watch these videos to learn more about our approach.

Bethany Alden Rivers talks about the University’s Academic Integrity Campaign.


Kelly Smith talks about her role as an Academic Integrity Officer (AIO).


Kate Coulson, Head of Learning Development talks about how Learning Development supports students’ academic integrity.


Sarah Lee talks about academic integrity from a students’ perspective.