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Faculty policy on recording of lectures

  1. The recording of lectures shall not be permitted outside the circumstances set out in this statement of the Faculty’s lecture recording policy.
  2. The Faculty will make recordings of lectures available only in the following circumstances:
    1. where a lecture is to be given outside the lecture period; or
    2. where a lecture is moved to an abnormal time (such as where the lecturer falls ill); or
    3. where a student cannot attend a lecture because he or she is attending a lecture in another course for which the student is enrolled, and the two lectures are scheduled to be given at the same time; or
    4. there is some other exceptionally strong reason for recording the lecture and making the recording available to a student.

      Without more, attending interviews or having a short-term illness (including a cold or influenza), will not be considered an exceptionally strong reason for the purpose of (d) above.

  3. The Faculty will make recordings of lectures where the Disability Resource Centre, as the result of having assessed a disabled student’s needs, recommend that the Faculty make that provision. All requests for such recordings are to be made to the Academic Secretary (
  4. The Faculty will permit any disabled student to record his or her lectures where the student has undergone an assessment of need by the Disability Resource Centre, the Disability Resource Centre recommends that the student be permitted to record his or her lectures, and the relevant recording agreement has been signed. The Academic Secretary’s permission is not required for such recordings
  5. Material gathered by the Faculty from lecture recording devices will be processed in order to make recordings of individual lectures available to students who have been granted permission to receive them in accordance with (2) & (3) above. These recordings will be made available to students for the remainder of the academic year in which the recording is made.
  6. Material gathered from recording devices in Faculty rooms (other than that made available to students as outlined in (5) above), will be retained by the Faculty for a period of 14 days for the purpose of facilitating access to recordings as stated above. At the end of the 14 day period, this material will be deleted* by the Faculty.

* Please note some material may be automatically backed up by University systems and may therefore continue to be retained in this form for a longer period.


Copying out someone else's work without acknowledgement (i.e. by using quotation marks and footnotes) is plagiarism; so is rewording someone else’s work in order to present it as your own without acknowledging your debt. Plagiarism in work submitted for formal assessment is regarded by the University as the use of 'unfair means' (i.e. cheating), and is treated with the greatest seriousness. Where examiners suspect plagiarism, the case may be referred to the Proctors. It may then be brought before the University’s Court of Discipline, which has the power to deprive culprits of membership of the University and to strip them of any degrees awarded by it.

Information on plagiarism, including the University's Statement on Plagiarism, can be found on the University website. The Faculty of Law also offers plagiarism guidance.  The Faculty requires all coursework to be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The Faculty uses anti-plagiarism software in the manner described in the Faculty's Turnitin information document.