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Contract Cheating Guidance Survey

Date: September 27 - 2019

QAA Members are invited to respond to a survey regarding our publication ‘Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education: How to Address Contract Cheating, the Use of Third-Party Services and Essay Mills’. This guidance was published in 2017 and we would like to update it for the benefit of our members.

The guidance was originally drafted at the request of the Department for Education and contains practical guidance for higher education institutions to help them prevent and detect the use of essay mills by students. It also provides advice and guidance regarding the education of staff and students, and on appropriate institutional processes to deal with academic misconduct involving the use of essay mills.

We want to know what impact the guidance is having, whether it can be improved and to identify where it might need updating. Essay mills are constantly refining and updating their tactics and methods of approach, and the responses will give us up-to-date intelligence on how to respond. The feedback we get will help us to adapt the guidance to reflect developments since first publication and will lead to updated guidance for QAA Members to be published in the new year.

QAA members can respond to the consultation via our online survey.

The survey is now closed.

A MS Word version of the consultation questions is also provided for those who would like to prepare their answers before submitting the online survey.