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SCOTLAND: Student plagiarism on the rise
Hundreds of cases of academic 'misconduct' are being detected at Scottish higher education institutions every year, writes Judith Duffy for The Express. Most of the incidents are related to plagiarism, which has risen in recent years with essays becoming easily available to purchase online.

Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen recorded the highest number of cases of cheating. Figures show around 30 out of 4,800 students caught cheating between 2005 and 2010 were removed from their studies. More than 850 cases of "academic misconduct" were recorded at the institution during this time. In 2008-09, 222 students were caught cheating at the university, more than double the previous year's total of 110.

Other universities that have detected hundreds of cheats over the five-year period include Aberdeen (245), St Andrews (276) and Stirling (815). Liam Burns, president of the National Union of Students Scotland, said much of the rise was due to improvements in plagiarism detection, rather than a "worrying trend".
Full report on the Express site
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