DUSA’s Research Coordinator, Dr Penelope Pitt, travelled to England as a guest of Coventry University to meet with research collaborators. Here’s what she had to say about it.
I am thrilled to be involved in this joint research project ‘The Student Experience of Contract Cheating Allegations’ between DUSA and Deakin University. The Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU) and Coventry University are simultaneously conducting the same project over in England.
It is a world-first for student unions/associations to partner with university academics to look at students’ experiences of contract cheating allegations.
Last week I travelled to England together with my fellow researcher, Associate Professor Wendy Sutherland-Smith of Deakin University.
The purpose of our trip was to meet with our research collaborators in order to compare the different academic integrity policies at each university, compare the role of the advocacy and advice services at CUSU and DUSA, and plan the next stages of our research project together.
Here at DUSA we have the Student Advocacy and Support Service (SASS) and CUSU runs a very similar service, the Students’ Union Advice Centre. Both our services provide free, independent and confidential information and advice to students on a range of issues including academic integrity matters.
One of CUSU’s Advisers is interviewing students at Coventry University and I am interviewing students at Deakin University for this research project.
We are working together to better understand students’ experiences of the allegation process and through listening to the student voice on this issue, we aim to improve student support services and improve the allegation and hearing process.
If you think you might be interested in participating in this research project, you can read more about it here.
This week our research team will travel from UK to Lithuania to present together at a conference. Very exciting!