More than 45 university chiefs on Thursday called on the UK government to ban companies that produce essays for students for a fee.
The so-called “essay mills” are known to exist around the world, including in India, offering students the option to pay for bespoke course work that helps them score the right grades.
Such companies are already banned in New Zealand, Australia and some parts of the US. British universities now want a similar crackdown in the UK.
“Essay mills undermine the integrity of UK higher education and are unfair to the vast majority of honest, hard-working students,” noted the letter addressed to UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
“We are confident that you abhor such cheating…