University students and staff are backing a law change stopping paid-for essay mills taking advantage of pressured pupils.
Under the government's Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, due to go through the House of Lords next week, essay-writing services will be made illegal in England.
The government intends to make it a criminal offence to provide, arrange or advertise essay-writing business for financial gain to university and college students.
This should help protect frazzled students from falling prey to “deceptive marketing techniques of contract cheating services”, according to the Department for Education.
Dr Andrew Mayes, from the University of East Anglia's (UEA) School of Chemistry, said: "I am in general in favour of proportionate action that prevents cheating and gaming the system.
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"I think it is correct to focus on the people selling the services, rather than the possibly confused/vulnerable/pressurised students who...
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