My contribution to the student charter

Heres my take on sharing and contributing to the learning of your peers.

File sharing and collaborative editing

My experience of file sharing has been quite varied. I remember in high school when we would all use the one cheat sheet for an open book test, or girls would send each other whole assignments the night before they’re due. It’s so different at university. We find a resource, use it as a citation and to increase the credibility of our work. Rarely do we share these resources. And why would we when ‘highly individual’ work is held in such high esteem? Often we have to go out of our way to find a source in the first place, why should we just give that away?

On the other hand, on the occasion that someone has shared a file with me, I’m really grateful. As the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’, and I’m sure we could all come up with an individual perspective from the same journal article as other students. We do it all the time, and if you work hard enough to earn the good grades, you’ll still get them despite the fact that other students have seen your precious widely published new resource.

Collaborative editing can also go both ways. Similarly to file sharing, ‘many hands make light work’. In theory, its a great idea. We all contribute and we all get the same result with only a portion of the effort. However this is often not the case. You often find that some members of a group slack off, and it becomes a one person assignment with a few names on it. However, I think a variety of opinions (even those that clash) can only improve the work.

The student charter

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1. My first contribution to the student charter is aimed at remind myself and other students not to take advantage of place at university. Yeah ‘Ps get degrees’, but you can’t approach your whole education with this mentality. There are always others who would kill for a place in your degree. It was important to addthis into the student charter because education is a privilege, not a right. 

2. My second contribution is important because dishonesty might get you by for one assignment, but when you need to remember what that assignment was on for next year or for real life, chances are you won’t be able to. I added it in because we only ever hear about the implications of cheating that are to do with getting caught or penalised. Honest work is better work and if your conscious isn’t enough to get you to work thatway, hopefully this will be.

6. My third contribution to the student charter add an alternative angle to the need to accept others and embrace the diverse environment at uni. As well as it being everyone right to be treated with respect and to be valued as an individual, we can always benefit from being open to fresh ideas and alternative ways of life. You know the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’.


Purple= my contributions