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Academic misconduct presents a threat to the world-class reputation of UK higher education. Students who cheat risk their academic and future careers, and also potentially enter the workforce without the necessary skills, knowledge and competence.


Academic integrity is extremely important to our members. We continue to identify sector issues and identify practical solutions by conducting research and developing supporting resources and activities.


Our video explains what academic integrity is, what the consequences of academic misconduct can be, and highlight the different kinds of support available to students within their own institutions.


Academic Integrity Advisory Group

The UK-wide Academic Integrity Advisory Group contains experts from across the UK and informs our activity in protecting academic integrity. Our web page explains more about the Group and lists its members.



QAA publications

Quality Compass: Revisiting academic integrity from a student perspective

Publication date: 15 Nov 2022

Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education: How to Address Essay Mills and Contract Cheating

Publication date: 20 Sep 2022

QAA/Jisc Guidance on Emerging Cyber Security Threats to the Integrity of UK Teaching and Learning

Publication date: 16 Aug 2021

Assessing with Integrity in Digital Delivery

Publication date: 07 May 2020

PODCAST - Academic Integrity

Si Bullock and Professor Michael Draper from Swansea University discuss academic integrity.

Collaborative Enhancement Projects


Two of our Collaborative Enhancement Projects are producing a collection of publicly available resources. These include a model to aid the development of student academic integrity champions, guidance materials to deliver inclusive and accessible education with academic integrity, and good practice guides for accessibility and equity in proofreading (coming soon). 

Academic Integrity Charter

QAA has developed an Academic Integrity Charter for UK higher education. It is intended to provide a baseline position upon which UK providers, as autonomous institutions, can build their own policies and practices to ensure that every student’s qualification is genuine, verifiable and respected.

Since launching the Charter on 21 October 2020, more than 200 institutions have already signed up. The Charter demonstrates the sector’s commitment to academic integrity, and helps us raise awareness of the impact of essay mills.

Supporting our members

Members can access materials relating to this area of work on our Membership Resources Site.

Additional information

You may also find the following work in this area helpful.