students should be less open

It’s not unusual for Oxford University students to  receive unsolicited emails from ‘volunteers’ offering free plagiarism checking services.  However tempting this may sound, sending your essay to anyone outside the university can lead to you being accused of plagiarism  even … Continue reading

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a pope, two proctors, and an assessor

All in one day. Last week smoke rising from the Sheldonian indicated  that this year’s triumvirate of Proctors and Assessor demitted and a new set were installed. The demitting Proctors deliver a jointly authored address which includes notes on their … Continue reading

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fishing for matches

Oxford University email users are subject to repeated spam and phishing attacks every week. Teams in IT Services do their best to block attacks and urge users not to respond. “The University is targeted by phishing campaigns and if only … Continue reading

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in your discipline

In the light of yet another high profile plagiarism scandal amongst leaders and decisionmakers I wonder yet again what advice is being offered to the future leaders we educate at Oxford. The current policy (2008) on Undergraduate Teaching notes that … Continue reading

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prestigious university embarrassed by allegations of a cheating scandal

A recent article in The Times Higher Education describes the scandal and the challenge facing Harvard University: Allegations of  cheating involving 125 students. Apparently ‘cheating is not unusual at Harvard’ “Harvard students feel like there’s a lot at stake, and … Continue reading

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is it catching?

LTG is currently leading a project to look at institutional support for feedback and assessment, particularly focusing on the use of Turnitin to support academic writing and deter plagiarism. OUCS’s responsibilities in this areas are fourfold: • provision of direct access … Continue reading

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