Lords call for ban on 'contract cheating'

The fraudulent essay industry must be outlawed, leading academics and lords have urged as figures reveal that more than 20,000 students are buying professionally written essays every year, writes Harry Yorke for The Telegraph.

Research carried out by Dr Thomas Lancaster and Robert Clarke, two of the UK’s leading experts in essay cheating, has shown that tens of thousands of students are purchasing tailor-made essays via online ‘essay mills’ in order to circumvent plagiarism software and cheat their way to top-class degrees. Their findings follow the release of new figures from two of the UK’s largest essay-writing services, showing that more than 20,000 students are now purchasing professional essays annually – with more than a third enrolled at Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.

In response to the disclosures, leading academics and peers, including Lord Storey, co-chair of the Committee on Education, Families and Young People, have launched a campaign to ban the rapidly growing industry of professional essay-writing services.
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