As the UK's independent body safeguarding quality and standards in higher education, QAA works with sector agencies, government departments, regulators, politicians and academics with expertise in academic misconduct to protect academic integrity and prevent cheating and fraud.
Academic misconduct presents a threat to the world-class reputation of UK higher education. Students who cheat risk their academic and future careers.
The implications go far wider than higher education. Cheating in higher education is a societal problem. Students who cheat can enter the workforce without the necessary skills, knowledge and competency, with potential public health and safety implications.
While we are concerned about all forms of cheating in higher education, we have a particular interest in essay mills, commercial entities that make money by encouraging students to cheat.
Academic Integrity Advisory Group
QAA also runs an Academic Integrity Advisory Group made up of expert academics, sector agencies, organisations and individuals working to protect academic integrity, and student representatives. UK governments, regulators and funders sit as observers. Find out more about the Academic Integrity Advisory Group.
A paper on academic integrity was presented by QAA at the 13th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) in November 2017.
In 2017, QAA successfully lodged a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) against the essay mill company UK Essays