Department of Computer Science and Technology

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Declaration of originality

All dissertations must include an anti-plagiarism declaration immediately after the Proforma, preferably on the same page if there is room. The declaration must have exactly the following syntax:

I, [Name] of [College],
being a candidate for Part II of the Computer Science Tripos,
hereby declare that this dissertation and the work described in it
are my own work, unaided except as may be specified below, and
that the dissertation does not contain material that has already
been used to any substantial extent for a comparable purpose.

Signed [signature]

Date [date]

Cut and paste the above text, then edit the highlighted details to apply to you.

The University drafted the wording, which is similar to that relating to dissertations in a wide range of subjects; thus the “unaided except as may be specified below” clause merits some explanation:

  1. The clause does not require acknowledgement of the project supervision or informal conversations with peers.
  2. The clause is believed to be about collaborative projects which are not now permitted in Computer Science. As such it is not relevant to Computer Science dissertations.
  3. This clause aside and notwithstanding 1 and 2, candidates are required to draw attention, in the Implementation chapter, to the parts of the work which are not their own, in accordance with section 12.7 of this document. Other acknowledgements should be given wherever appropriate.

The Department would like past dissertations to be made available for teaching purposes and for your references. These will be accessed on the Computer Science departmental website under Raven password protection. If you are willing for your dissertation to be accessed for these purposes please add the following paragraph to your declaration.

I, [Name] of [College],
am content for my dissertation to be made available to the students and staff of the University.