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What is academic integrity and what does it mean for you during exams?

One of the ways to be successful ākonga at UC is through academic integrity: acting honestly, ethically, fairly and respecting others.  

A good understanding of academic integrity is crucial in supporting you to take charge and know how to avoid mistakes, especially during exams and end of term assessments.  

You can learn more about how to approach your work with academic integrity, here – in the meantime, here’s the headlines:  

Cheating
Breaking the rules for assignments or exams is treated very seriously, so it’s important to know what you can bring with you, how they will run and whether you can use equipment (like calculators), which may need to be authorised by UC in advance.  

Check out the exam instructions for more on what you need to do (or not do!): 

Do
 – Give revision notes or other unauthorised material to a supervisor immediately, if you’ve accidentally taken them into the exam room with you. 

Don’t –  
 – Look at other students’ answers.
 – Talk or communicate in any way with other students. 

The above could result in disciplinary action. It’s just not worth it. 

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is copying materials from another source (whether it’s a quote or data) without a clear acknowledgement of where it originated. 

It’s important to properly reference your work, as your assignments are checked through Turnitin, UC’s anti-plagiarism software. Turnitin recognises and highlights where students have copied and not cited other authors’ work. 

Top tips:  

Artificial Intelligence
While AI tools like ChatGPT and CoPilot are becoming readily available, their use is strictly monitored at UC and depending on your course, may not be allowed.  

If you’re unsure whether you are able to use artificial intelligence tools for your assessments, please reach out to your Course Coordinator.  

When we work together to act honestly, ethically and respect each other and our work, we get the most out of our studies. You can learn more about academic integrity here> 

Good luck with your exams! 

Wallace and Gromit come to UC!

It’s new and it’s different to anything we’ve done before – UC are proud to announce that we’ve signed a multi-year, exclusive agreement with the Aardman Academy. 

The Academy is the training arm of Aardman Animations, the multi-Academy Award winning animation studio behind global stop-motion blockbusters Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep. 

Our 5-year agreement with Aardman is exclusive to Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Territories, making us the only tertiary institution in those areas enabling students to specialise in Aardman’s award-winning stop motion expertise. 

The Aardman training programme will be available to select students under our Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours, offering access to masterclasses, portfolio feedback sessions and more.  Masterclass options for our Animation and Game Arts academics will also be available, supporting continuous improvement and learning for our educators.   

The agreement was made possible by Kōawa, the University of Canterbury initiative formally known as Digital Screen Campus.  

The Kōawa team provide a unique opportunity for the creative technology sector, which includes film, sound production, animation, game development, virtual production and more to forge partnerships with UC and drive the convergence of world class education, projects and facilities supporting the growth of our students, as well as the creative technology sector in Waitaha Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. 

Kōawa is a name gifted to UC by Ngāi Tahu which means “watercourse” or “channel”. It symbolises a life force, uniting people, passion, and purpose. For students and the creative industries, Kōawa employs the water analogy in representation of an eco-system within which the worlds of education, industry and innovation converge. 

Check out UC News for more on this exciting announcement.