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The Media students of Goldsmiths demand online essay submission

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To the Media and Communications department of Goldsmiths University of London, We the students of the Media department demand online submissions for mid term assessments (in week 6) as a trial, so that it can be successfully implemented for the final submissions of this academic year—not next year. We are the only department still reliant on CDs and in-person submissions for formal assessments, creating an unnecessary expense for students that is wasteful towards the environment and extremely disruptive to our overall experience in this department. Why is the online avenue for submissions still being delayed when money has recently been spent to allow greater online activity within our school's internet portal? Additionally, being in a department with so many international students as well as local students who may not live in London, having to travel to hand in assessments is truly uncalled for. Moreover what does this say about the department? A forward-thinking innovative department is still reliant on CDs? In keeping with the ideas of new media and being environmentally conscious, this entire petition is therefore online and so too should submission of our assessments. More needs to be done and in a more decisive manner. Inability of relevant department staff to swiftly decide how and when this system will be implemented should not be the source of such hindrance that this is causing to all the students. The Internet is a powerful tool—why does the media department not use it to its full potential now? Online submissions would help students hand in their work from any location and make it easier for the department to receive digital copies. This will also assist the administration staff in loading soft copies into plagiarism identification programs, cutting down on the incurred time and unnecessary effort to feed in each CD to do so. At the student assembly some of us who specifically attended the open discussion for this reason, gathered from the Warden, Pat Loughrey, who iterated that online submissions should be the norm for all formal submissions regardless of department. We want to see actions done to rectify this issue so that it no longer hinders our education and our experience at Goldsmiths. From the students of the Media department


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