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Friday, October 22, 2021

What are essay mills? Government set to make academic writing services illegal under new plans - Birmingham Live

Last updated Wednesday, October 6, 2021 06:55 ET , Source: NewsService

The Government has outlined plans to make it a crime for essay mill services to target students.

It will mean providing, arranging or advertising such an offering for an economic benefit will be illegal at any post-16 educational institution and for any qualification.

The measures will be put in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and have been considered as part of plans to revolutionise and change training and skills.

But you might still not know exactly what essay mills are. Here, we’ll tell you what essay mills are and what the Government has said about making these services illegal.

What are essay mills?

Essay mills are services that provide students with academic material in exchange for money. These can include essays, laboratory reports, PowerPoint presentations, film editing and computer programming.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the independent body for UK universities, says more than 1,000 essay mills are operating.

“Essay mills are almost exclusively online entities operating across the globe,” it wrote in a report on the matter .

“They can range from UK-based organisations registered at Companies House with offices and permanent staff, to one-person operations with minimal infrastructure beyond a computer operating off-shore.”

They have already been made illegal in some countries, and there are now plans for the Government here to do the same.

But a spokesperson from Universities UK told the BBC the use of these essay mill services...



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