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Graeme Kelly
Laboratory Development Coordinator , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Excellence in Academic Integrity Award 2018
United Kingdom and Ireland, Higher Education

Graeme Kelly is Senior Technician in the Chemistry Department at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He and his colleagues use Turnitin to teach their medical students how to write scientifically, including proper references and citation. For Graeme and his team, Turnitin Feedback Studio’s plagiarism detection and feedback features have played an essential role in helping to prepare students for the medical field.

To ensure that students are receiving personalized feedback on everything that they do, RCSI has assigned tutors to each student. Thanks to Feedback Studio, tutors can easily deliver feedback to their students while building relationships. As a result of these formative conversations, students are comfortable proactively contacting their tutors to request support and do not turn to plagiarism to complete their assignments.

“[Students] feel that they have attention, so the...need to plagiarize [is nullified] because we are addressing problems on a weekly basis, more so than summatively going, ‘Okay, this student has failed, why have they failed?’ It’s a little bit more of a stop-gap, and it helps the students a lot more.”

Graeme has observed that, with frequent feedback, students practical skills have increased, they are more engaged in their courses, and they are submitting original work. Now, when they graduate with medical degrees, Graeme and the RCSI faculty are confident that students learned the skills signified by their degrees and are ready to enter the professional world.

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