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Why students turn to cheating services

Why students turn to cheating services

Will the ban of essay mills in England help universities preserve academic integrity?


Below you’ll find the recording of the conversation plus our 2021 Academic writing report.

The recent announcement that essay mills will be outlawed in England is widely welcomed given their surging prevalence. A study by Swansea University found that as many as one in seven students had used some form of contract cheating services to complete their academic assignments. The National Union of Students said: “These private companies prey on students’ vulnerabilities and insecurities to make money through exploitation, and never more so than during the pandemic.” 

A positive first step but the end to the problem? Probably not.  

So, why do students feel they have to turn to such services in the first place? What level of pastoral and academic support is needed to guide them? And ultimately: How do institutions preserve their academic integrity? 

In this free webinar, we’ll explore these issues through analysing case studies, best practice examples and the strategies used by our guest panel of speakers:

Guest speakers:

Gareth Crossman – Head of Policy and Communications – QAA

Gareth joined QAA in October 2016. He is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the policy, public affairs and media/communications functions at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris – Dean of Teaching and Learning – University of Portsmouth

As well as being a Reader in Higher Education, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow, Harriet is also responsible for ensuring the voices of Portsmouth’s students are heard, and that student engagement always sits at the heart of everything they do.

Dr Charles Knight – Associate Dean (Student Experience) – University of Salford

Charles is an academic leader and management consultant with a proven track record of delivery in the areas of learning and teaching and enterprise. Charles has worked extensively with a range of Universities at the strategic level to develop and rationale their portfolios.

Professor Michael Draper – Professor in Legal Education, Director of the Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success and Chair of the Academic Regulations and Student Cases Board – Swansea University

Michael is a Professor in Legal Education and Director of the Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success and Chair of the University’s Academic Regulations and Student Cases Board. A member of three national Law society committees he is also a consultant expert with the UK Quality Assurance Agency and the Council of Europe ETINED platform with regular meetings in Strasbourg and throughout Europe. 

12/11/2021 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am


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