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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.


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, almost 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.

Public resources

Quality Compass: Revisiting academic integrity from a student perspective

Publication date: 15 Nov 2022

Supporting our members

  • Our Academic misconduct penalties advice and supporting webinars help members to develop fair and proportionate academic misconduct processes - we are continuing to explore the impact these approaches have on students’ learning experiences. 
  • In collaboration with members, an interactive webinar explores how course leaders can use innovative assessment design to reduce cases of contract cheating.
  • Two of our Collaborative Enhancement Projects look at how linking academic integrity to inclusion and accessibility can improve student experience. These projects will produce a substantial collection of resources for QAA Members including a model to aid the development of student academic integrity champions, good practice guides for accessibility and equity in proofreading, and guidance materials to deliver inclusive and accessible education with academic integrity.
  • Our Combatting academic fraud webinars focus on institution-wide approaches to reducing academic misconduct and provided members with practical examples to adopt.
  • A webinar focusing on academic misconduct data helps members to identify and address over-representation of BAME students in academic misconduct processes.
  • A workshop on enhanced digital assessment security is designed to unpack some of the challenges providers have faced with digital assessment and explore the techniques and resources which mitigate risk to assessment and academic integrity.