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.
What do you think? Complete our survey about contract cheating guidance
We are updating the Contract Cheating Guidance published in 2017. Completing our short survey will allow us to understand how the guidance is being used and what updates are required to help you combat the use of essay mills in your institution. This survey is open until 4 November 2019.