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The UK’s higher education sector has a world-class reputation, founded on high standards and outstanding quality. Academic integrity is a major contributor to this. However, academic misconduct is a growing problem globally, and presents a threat to the reputation of higher education worldwide.


QAA with the support of the Academic Integrity Advisory Group has developed an Academic Integrity Charter. It is intended to provide a baseline position upon which UK providers, as autonomous institutions, can build their own policies and practices to ensure that every student’s qualification is genuine, verifiable and respected. The Charter is also available in Welsh.


Sign up to the Charter

QAA and the UK Academic Integrity Advisory Group invite UK universities and colleges to sign up to this Academic Integrity Charter during the academic year 2020-21.


Signing up to the Charter represents an institutional pledge to implement its principles and commitments which include working with staff and students and, in collaboration across the sector, to protect and promote academic integrity, and take action against academic misconduct.


To sign up, simply contact us by email, stating the name of your organisation. Use the button below or email: 


Universities Minister,
Michelle Donelan

Degree fraud cheats both learners and employers and has no place at all in our higher education system. This Government is committed to tackling academic misconduct, and upholding the hard work of students, especially during this difficult time. 

I welcome the introduction of QAA’s Academic Integrity Charter and encourage all universities and colleges to join this sector-wide effort to protect our students and uphold the integrity of our world leading higher education.

Scotland's Higher Education Minister, Richard Lochhead

We know that academic misconduct is a growing problem globally, and presents a threat to the reputation of higher education worldwide, so we must be vigilant in cracking down on anyone involved in this practice.  

While all universities have disciplinary procedures in place, I welcome the Academic Integrity Charter published last year by QAA, which will help our institutions combat the issue. I am pleased to see so many institutions have now signed up to the Charter - a signal of the sector’s collective commitment to tackle this problem.


Since launching the Academic Charter on 21 October 2020, the following 147 institutions and bodies have already signed up:

  • (ICMP) Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Aberystwyth University
  • AECC University College
  • Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Arden University
  • Assemblies of God Inc
  • Aston University
  • Bangor University
  • Barnsley College
  • Bath Spa University
  • University College Birmingham
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Bloomsbury Institute Limited 
  • University of Bournemouth
  • University of Bristol
  • Brunel University London
  • University of Buckingham
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • Burnley College
  • Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • CEG UFP Ltd
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Cheshire College - South & West
  • University of Chester
  • University of Chichester
  • Christ The Redeemer College
  • City & Guilds of London Art School
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University
  • Craven College
  • University of Cumbria
  • De Montfort University
  • South Devon College
  • University of Dundee
  • Edge Hill University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Empire College London
  • University of Essex
  • University College of Estate Management
  • University of Exeter
  • Fairfield School of Business
  • ForMission College

  • University of Glasgow
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
  • University of Greenwich
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • Hull College
  • Kaplan International Pathways
  • Kaplan Open Learning (University of Essex)
  • Keele University
  • University of Kent
  • King's College London
  • Kirklees College
  • Lancaster University
  • LD Training Services Ltd
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett
  • University Centre, Leeds City College
  • Leeds Trinity University
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University College London
  • University of West London
  • City, University of London
  • University of London
  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance
  • London School of Management Education
  • London School of Science and Technology
  • Macclesfield College
  • University of Manchester
  • Met Film School Ltd
  • Middlesex University
  • Mont Rose College
  • Morley College London
  • Myerscough College
  • NCG
  • Nelson and Colne College Group
  • New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Newman University
  • Norland College
  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
  • North West Regional College
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham College
  • NPTC Group of Colleges

  • Oldham College
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Oxford Business College UK Ltd
  • University Centre Peterborough
  • University of Plymouth
  • Plymouth Marjon University
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University of Reading
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Roehampton
  • Royal Academy of Dance
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • University of Salford
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • University of Sheffield
  • The Sheffield College
  • Solent University
  • University of Southampton
  • Spurgeon’s College
  • University of St Andrews
  • St Mary's University, Twickenham
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Stirling
  • Study group Ltd
  • University of Sunderland
  • Swansea University
  • TEC Partnership
  • Teesside University
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama
  • Union Theological College Belfast
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • Wakefield College
  • University of Wales
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Waltham International College Ltd
  • University of Warwick
  • University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Wrexham Glyndwr University
  • Writtle University College
  • University of York