Bournemouth students are used to being bombarded outside the entrance of the university with all sorts of advertisements. Gigs, events, clothing even political movements are thrust upon them, but were students shocked to find out that an illegal essay writing service was being advertised right outside the prestigious university grounds?
“Too many assignments, deadlines approaching”
This was the tag line for the company relates to almost all of the students that pass, especially around this hectic time of year. The service claims to be ‘100% plagiarism free‘ and ‘guaranteed 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 quality‘.
But what did both University students and Lecturers make of this?
“As good as it sounds, what would be the point of doing a degree if you didn’t do any of the work? Morally, I’d have to say no” Coralie, a first year student at Bournemouth University
“I think its shocking that this is being advertised right outside the University gates! What do students think they are achieving by doing this, its a terrible attitude to their future working life” Dr O’Hara, a lecturer at the University of Salford Manchester.
“If it were a last minute moment of desperation then yeah, but otherwise it seems pretty pointless” Connor; a first year Geography student at Bournemouth University[pullquote]”I would feel that I wasn’t the one writing the essays and pretty much cheating”[/pullquote]
“A service that perhaps guides you through it and shows you the best way to make your essays most effective and into getting your essays to a 1st kind of level, I would use. However i do see a problem with a service that actually writes the essay for you.“ Will, a first year media student at Brighton University
“Why would anyone say no! Especially if you weren’t planning on doing a job that is not actually really related to your degree. You don’t need essay writing skills once you are done with your education” Hannah, a student at Reading University.
” Yeah, I think I would consider using it because sometimes when it comes to writing assignments I get really stuck, even if I’ve been to all the lectures and have used as much resources as possible, and I’d see it more as guidance than cheating.“ Gemma, a second year Journalism student at Bournemouth University.
The fact that these services are in active use and being advertised direct to students may either show one of two things; that the University work load is becoming too much for some students and there is far too much pressure put on them or simply that University students are becoming lazier due to the advent of Wikipedia and service such as these? Whether or not the students choose to use this service, the fact that they exist causes many problems among the academic society. Will this mean that regulations and plagiarism technology will become tougher or simply that the university work load will be reduced if officials realise that students are struggling?