A Hello from your Home Rep, and an Introduction to my International Students’ Education Campaign!

Hi everyone!

My name is Lucy Pedrick, and I’m your Home Students’ Representative for this year on the ISC.
I want to tell you about my portfolio campaign this year, which is on Education. But first, a little bit about myself.

I’m a fourth (and final!) year European and International Law student here in Sheffield. Last year I did two exchange semesters – one at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands, and the second at the University of Oslo in Norway – so I’ve been an international student myself. I got involved with ISC because of this, and because I really hate defining myself as British; I see myself more as a ‘Global Citizen’. If you see me about on campus, ask me to introduce myself in your native language and see if I can prove it to you!!

Anyway, back to my campaign.

I’ve been asked to run a campaign on ‘Education’ issues that affect you guys as International Students. After a brainstorming session with Malaka, our inimitable Education Officer, I’ve decided to focus on plagiarism.

The majority of students accused of plagiarism (or use of unfair means, depending on departmental terminology) in their essays and exams are international students. I don’t think that’s fair, and I want to find out where the unfairness is creeping in, and why.
So I’m going to conduct research, digging through the University’s own data, putting out questionnaires and focus groups, and hopefully I’ll be able at the end of the year to figure out what’s been going on, and work out some solutions. The plan is to then present my findings to the University Senate (their highest decision-making body) by the end of the year.

If that sounds good to you, if it sounds horrendous, or if you have any thoughts or ideas about what I should do for the campaign, please please please get in touch! Remember I’m here to represent YOU and I can’t do that without your help.

Feel free to contact me at the ISC email address, in the comments below on this blog, or at my personal email: lpedrick1@sheffield.ac.uk.

Looking forward to hearing from you! See you all at World Week! #WorldWeek2014 #SpreadTheWorld #WeAreInternational