University of Galway appoint Academic Integrity Officer

Dr Justin Tonra, Academic Integrity Officer at University of Galway
Mar 31 2023 Posted: 10:10 IST

University of Galway has appointed its first Academic Integrity Officer with responsibility for educating staff and students on academic integrity, supporting Academic Integrity Advisors, and investigating cases of academic misconduct.

Dr Justin Tonra, a senior lecturer based in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in the University, will be central in implementing, evaluating and refining the Academic Integrity Policy and its associated processes. 

Introduced by the University in June 2022, the Academic Integrity Policy sets out the code of practice for dealing with instances where students breach academic integrity by engaging in academic misconduct.

Dr Tonra said: “While recent developments in the field of artificial intelligence have brought the issue into focus, academic integrity should be of enduring concern for students and teachers. Its principles of honesty, trust, and responsibility are what sustain academic practice and uphold the value and integrity of a university education and its qualifications. Now is an opportune time to return the focus of the entire university community to the values and tenets of academic integrity as we work together to address the challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning today.”

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar at University of Galway said: “Ensuring academic integrity is a critical issue for the University. There is a recognition that higher education institutions need to tackle contract cheating, plagiarism, and the integrity of assessments and academic work in a coordinated and systematic manner. With the introduction of the Academic Integrity Policy and the appointment of Dr Tonra, the University is committed to educating and informing staff and students on good academic practice.”  

Dr Tonra received his PhD in English from University of Galway in 2010. He has worked as a Lecturer in the Discipline of English since 2016 after holding previous appointments at University College London and the University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersections of literature and technology and comprise work in the fields of digital humanities, book history, textual studies and bibliography, scholarly editing, and poetry and poetics.

He is a founding member of the UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Association, a former National Coordinator for DARIAH-Ireland, and has led working groups for European Commission-funded projects on Distant Reading (COST Action) and on Computational Literary Studies (Horizon 2020). 

At the University of Galway, he is the current Course Director of the MA Literature and Publishing and has previously been Director of the Structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities. He also holds membership on Academic Council and the Executive Committee of the Moore Institute.


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