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Government announce measures to tackle essay mills

Chris Hale, Director of Policy at Universities UK

UUK response to government announcement on blocking payments to essay writing companies

We support government action to stop promoting and facilitating access to essay mills (essay writing services).

UUK has called for essay mills to be made illegal and we continue to work together with government, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and other higher education bodies to tackle their use.

All universities have codes of conduct that include severe penalties for students found to be submitting work that is not their own. Such academic misconduct is a breach of an institution’s disciplinary regulations and can result in students, in serious cases, being expelled from the university.

Universities have become increasingly experienced at dealing with such issues and are engaging with students from day-one to underline the implications of cheating and how it can be avoided.

University support services are also there to help vulnerable students struggling with anxiety and stress around coursework and deadlines.

Chris Hale, Director of Policy at Universities UK

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