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Dissertation Printing Service

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.

Online submissions only

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.

Study support for your dissertation

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:

  • Digital skills sessions, including 60-minute sessions on dissertations and gathering and analysing research
  • Information on how to access LinkedIn Learning sessions on a range of topics, including some specifically aimed at final year students
  • Ask your Librarian sessions, which are online appointments where you can get advice on finding the best sources and using RefWorks referencing software
  • Information on the Inclusive Support service, which can help you if you are experiencing any barriers to study as a result of a disability or health condition
  • Guidance and information specifically for Postgraduate Research degree students
  • A ‘Virtual Study Room’ is offered on a Tuesday from 5-7pm as a space to study with others in silence. There are mini breaks for discussion around self-care and motivational support from UCLan SU Vice President Education, Stephanie Lomas who facilitates the sessions. From 22 April - 13 May these will run on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • The Students’ Union will have a host of different activities and opportunities for you to ‘Study Good – Feel Good’ throughout May. Keep checking back on the Students’ Union website.

Application of the No Detriment policy

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:

  • When considering a module group’s marks, reference will be made to the module marks and trends from previous cohorts, to ensure that the current cohort is not disadvantaged when compared with the previous year. This will be done automatically and you do not need to do anything.
  • An additional attempt at all assessments is being offered to all year groups (even final year, and for dissertations) in the event you fail at first attempt or don’t submit. However, we would strongly encourage you to attempt your exams and assessments on the original dates if possible, as many resits will take place in August and by then you will have other priorities and hopefully the world will have returned to something more like normality.

Wellbeing support

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.
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The risks of paying for a dissertation

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.