On the first day of campaigning, a Google search has found that parts of Syed Ali’s manifesto are plagiarised. Some paragraphs have been lifted from a manifesto on the University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union (SU) website, and some parts bear close resemblance.
Highlighted in yellow in the PDF below are the parts that are identical or very similar to Syed Ali’s manifesto.
The Leicester SU Voice Team, who manage the SU Executive Election, said: “Early on Friday morning, concerns around plagiarism and Syed’s manifesto were raised by a couple [of] people. This was very unexpected and we do not have rules around this, however, we flagged this to Syed as he may receive complaints.
“We hope students will read manifestos fully, take everyone’s into account, and use their judgement when casting their vote.”
Syed Ali claims that the file was incorrectly uploaded, however, this was spotted once the manifesto submission deadline had passed: “…the file has not been uploaded correctly in first go and by that time I upload the correct file the deadline was passed.”
In large, bold, italicised lettering, his statement declares, “PLAGIARISED!!! BUT I AM NOT.” The new manifesto attached to the email is still plagiarised.
He apologises: “If I hurt anyone sentiments, my apologize for them.”
“However, I Kindly request your [LSM] support for my success to win the election.”
LSM will remain impartial throughout SU Executive Election coverage.
Syed Ali remains a candidate for President in the SU Executive Election.
This article is part of a series of articles covering the SU Executive Election. You can view all articles here.
Image: Grace Robinson, for Leicester Student Magazine.
Zainab Patel is a final-year Medical Physiology Student from Leicester. She has a passion for all things science and technology, crime novels and plants. Find her on Twitter: @zainabbpatell or Instagram: @zainabb_patell.