Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017     Views: 60

Manchester Metropolitan University policy says:

“Students will normally own the copyright in all of the works produced by them during their course. If therefore they are engaged on project work or similar activities and there is a likelihood that the University or a third party sponsor will wish to own the copyright in the resultant output, it will be necessary to arrange an assignment of the students' rights. Staff should be aware of such possibilities before engaging in project work and seek advice if necessary.“

There are a couple of things you need to be aware of:

  1. If your dissertation contains any third party material, there may be problems with publishing it / sharing it without permission from the (third party) copyright owner as usage will no longer count as ‘illustration for instruction’
  2. Whilst you hold the copyright, Manchester Metropolitan University owns the IPR (intellectual property right), so if anything is created or developed from the work, the rights to that are owned by Manchester Metropolitan University (especially if anything commercial comes of it) 

Concerns about plagiarism should be unfounded in that no-one can use anything you have written without due acknowledgement – if they do, then they are in breach of your copyright. Manchester Metropolitan University will not have made your dissertation publicly available online, and we do not hold a print copy of it in the Library, so at the moment there are very limited opportunities for other people to read it. Generally speaking, if your work becomes available on the internet, then any academic institution which uses ‘Turnitin’ will be able to tell if a student then tries to plagiarise it, as the software identifies matching text from other sources. Turnitin is used widely in the UK and the US, and possibly worldwide (http://turnitin.com/).

For further clarification about copyright and IPR ownership, you should consult the Manchester Met Legal Team