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As the UK's independent body safeguarding quality and standards in higher education, QAA works with sector partners 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. Students who cheat can enter the workforce without the necessary skills, knowledge and competency, with potential public health and safety implications.

QAA has been working with stakeholders across the sector to coordinate responses to various manifestations of fraud and cheating. While we are concerned about all forms of cheating in higher education, we are particularly focused on activity that sees individuals or companies gaining financially from the promotion of cheating.