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At the frontline of protecting academic integrity - registration open

Date: October 11 - 2022

The recent criminalisation of ‘essay mills’ in England and Ireland has been an important step towards protecting students and staff in higher education institutions from predatory companies selling cheating services. However, it is only one part of a multi-faceted solution to a complex problem. 

This online webinar, jointly hosted by QAA and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), will explore what can be done at an institutional level to promote academic integrity and combat contract cheating. This event will coincide with QQI’s 10th anniversary and QAA’s 25th anniversary and reflects our longstanding partnership, particularly in the area of academic integrity.

It takes place on the International Day Against Contract Cheating (Wednesday 19 October) organised by the International Centre for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and will form part of the National Academic Integrity Programme, run by the National Academic Integrity Network (NAIN) in Ireland.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Helen Gniel, Director of Higher Education Integrity Unit, Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia
  • Professor Michael Draper, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, Swansea University
  • Clodagh McGivern, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Union of Students in Ireland.
  • Steph Lomas, Advice and Insights Coordinator, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Students’ Union

Eve Alcock, Head of Public Affairs, QAA and Mairéad Boland, Senior Manager, Academic Integrity Regulation & Strategic Partnerships, QQI will give an overview of academic integrity legislation in England and Ireland, respectively.

The panel will be chaired by Billy Kelly, Chair of the National Academic Integrity Network, who will also speak about the work being carried out through the Network to enhance academic integrity practice in Ireland.

Registration is open via our event booking site.