No I don't mean not sharing my research at conferences. I mean not letting other students see my graded coursework, giving the potential to copy it. Presenting at conferences is an obligation I have to fulfill, I wouldn't be able to dodge that if I wanted to. Because I have the 1+3 funding I'm currently doing a taught masters before officially starting my PhD. It's in this taught course that I've shared a piece of coursework and been plagiarised. In my PhD I won't have classes or coursework, just my independent research, which I'll be happy to discuss and share the findings. For the rest of this masters nobody is getting to see my coursework! I've just spoken to the student who I suspected. Turns out I was correct. He is claiming he only asked to see it for structure/layout and didn't even read it. He said he can't see any clear similarities. Thinks it might just be because they are structured very similarly. Apparently we also use all the same references too, which raises an eyebrow. He understands that I've already told faculty that I sent him a copy of my work. He thought that was totally fair as I need to protect myself. He's a bit worried that it looks bad for him but is resolute that our answers are quite different. I'm not sure what to make of that but feel the pressure is off me somewhat.