Registration for our inaugural Academic Integrity Week is now open! We are keeping most of the events exclusive to Macquarie University staff and students, but are open to a wider audience and will book out fast.

This week-long series of events celebrates the value and importance of academic integrity. It is part of the university’s commitment to fostering a culture of awareness that empowers our community to become academic integrity champions.

Our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Rorden Wilkinson, shares his view on our role in upholding integrity:

I believe that upholding academic integrity is a shared responsibility and that we have a duty to ensure it is maintained. As members of staff, we play a critical role in promoting, embedding, and maintaining a culture of integrity. We build positive environments with the actions that we take, the words we use, and the engagements that we have with our students and colleagues, within and beyond the classroom.

A crucial part of our role as academics and professional service colleagues is to support students to complete their studies with integrity, connecting them with a range of support services, from practical assessment feedback to a suite of online learning modules and wellbeing support.

The events and activities being held during this week have been designed to spark debate, share best practice, and celebrate the principles of academic integrity.

Professor Dominique Parrish, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, explains the approach:

For our teaching staff, Academic Integrity Week provides the practical tools and industry insights that relate directly to their role. For our students, the focus is on the promotion of academic integrity as an integral building block of our community and the way we teach and learn.

One of the highlight events of the week that is attracting attention from across the education sector is a presentation by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) Higher Education Integrity Unit. In this presentation, TEQSA representatives Associate Director Dr Lenka Ucnik and Senior Project Officer Dr Camilla Fisher will provide insights into common sector issues and advise on best practice tips.

To Professor Rorden Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Academic Integrity Week is “an important opportunity to celebrate a foundational value upon which our practice is built. A week like this, where we join with regulatory partners and other institutions, enriches not only our immediate community but also the wider education sector.”

Please encourage your students to engage with Academic Integrity Week, 17-21 October, and register yourself now to join the conversation.

Posted by Riley O'Keeffe

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