As some of you will be starting or finalising your dissertation, we wanted to update you on a few changes in place this year to give you extra support and keep everyone safe.
This year as a result of Covid-19 there is no requirement on any course to submit a paper copy of your dissertation, and you will be asked to submit this electronically. Your Dissertation Supervisor will advise you how to submit online.
If you would like a paper copy for your own records, you will need to arrange printing privately, as UCLan Print is not currently printing or binding dissertations.
If you’re stuck with your dissertation or just at a point where you need some inspiration, as well as talking to your Dissertation Supervisor there is a range of content on the Student Support site that might be helpful. This includes:
We recently emailed all students about the No Detriment policy, which is designed to ensure you do not lose out academically, as a result of the impact Covid-19 may have had on your studies.
The No Detriment policy applies to all your studies including your dissertation. You can find out more on the Student Support site, but as a summary it means that:
While your dissertation is important so is your mental health, so please do ask for help if you are struggling. It might be tempting to keep going, staying up very late, not sleeping or ‘cramming’ but this probably won’t be good for you, or help you produce your best work. Simple things like talking to a friend or family member, taking a short break or nap or doing some exercise can help you re-focus and feel calmer if you feel overwhelmed by the work in front of you.
For more information see:
Every year we are asked by the Police or Action Fraud to share reminders about ‘essay mill’ scams, where students are offered a top-quality dissertation writing service for a fee. In reality there are many risks involved. Firstly it breaches our rules, which could see you fail your degree or be asked to leave without a grade.
Many of these offers are also scams and operate solely to collect your bank details or get you to click a dangerous link that compromises your device; others have been known to provide students with a dissertation then blackmail them for more money by threatening to inform the university it has been bought. So best to stay well clear and delete any emails you get about this without clicking any links. Instead if you need help or are struggling, speak to your Dissertation Supervisor and they will be able to direct you to genuine help and support.
From everyone at UCLan, all the very best with your dissertation.