The University of Nottingham is backing a campaign calling for government legislation to ban so-called ‘essay mills’, which has been widely reported on BBC News.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West has joined more than 40 Vice-Chancellors in signing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, which states: “We are confident that you abhor such cheating as much as we do and encourage you to take the necessary steps to curb these practices, steps which must include a legislative ban on operating or advertising an essay mill.”
Registrar Paul Greatrix invited University staff to add their names to the online Parliamentary petition, which calls for a ban, saying:
“Instances of cheating at Nottingham are thankfully rare and in every case are wholly unacceptable. Students must declare the work is their own, and we promote study skills, specialist software, email filters and academic review to counter plagiarism. The promotion of essay mills is banned on campus. But the best way to tackle essay mills is to ban them, which is why we support the current campaign calling on government to legislate in this area.”
The full text of the open letter is available to view here: Essay Mills – Letter.
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