Contract cheating

Reports on contract cheating

Custom essay writing services: an exploration and next steps for the UK higher education sector

By the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) 2016, United Kingdom

This report explores the growing threat to UK higher education from custom essay writing services, or ‘essay mills’. It looks at how these services operate, gives examples from their websites, and highlights the claims they make, in particular their guarantees of being ‘plagiarism free’.  It also includes a series of recommendations and specific actions QAA will take to begin to tackle the promotion and use of custom essay writing services.

Download a pdf of the report here.

Identifying and managing contract cheating

Dealing with contract cheating: a question of attribution

  • a downloadable powerpoint presentation by Thomas Lancaster and Robert Clarke (2012)

Contract cheating fact sheet

  • a downloadable guide to identifying and managing contract cheating in assessment tasks by Cath Ellis of the University of NSW (2015)

Photo: University Life 174 by Fransisco Osorio. Creative Commons License (BY 2.0).

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