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We have published guidance for universities and colleges on how to recognise and combat cheating through the use of essay writing companies.


Guidance for higher education institutions on how to address contact cheating and the use of essay mills.

Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education - How to Address Contract Cheating, the Use of Third-Party Services and Essay Mills

Publication Date: 09 Oct 2017


A report looking at the growing threat to UK higher education from custom essay writing services.


Plagiarism in Higher Education - Custom essay writing services: an exploration and next steps for the UK higher education sector

Publication Date: 20 Aug 2016


A paper on academic integrity was presented by QAA at the 13th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) in November 2017.

ASA rulings

In 2017, QAA successfully lodged a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) against the essay mill company UK Essays.