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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.



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

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 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.