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Academic fraud via essay mills to be banned in England…and Wales?

By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited: 07:55am. 19/10/2021.

 

The Senedd’s Economy Committee has written to Welsh Government Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS, calling for Welsh Ministers to work with the UK Government to extend the proposed ban on essay mills in England so that it also covers Wales.

Paul Davies MS, Chair of the Economy Trade and Rural Affairs Committee said:

“Essay mills not only facilitate plagiarism but they also often exploit vulnerable students who would be better supported by seeking help from their university.

“We’re clear that essay mills must be banned and that the Welsh Government should work with the UK Government to make sure that the issue is dealt with across the UK – a Wales-only approach will not work.”

In the letter to Welsh Government Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS it begins:

 

“Dear Jeremy,

Essay mills

On 5 October the UK Government released a statement stating that it would use the Skills and Post16 Education Bill to ban ‘essay mills’. The statement set out that the UK Government “intends to make
it a criminal offence to provide, arrange or advertise these cheating services for financial gain to
students taking a qualification at any institution in England providing post-16 education including
universities.”


On the 18th September 2018, the then First Minister Carwyn Jones told plenary that “plagiarism has
been an issue in higher education for as long as higher education has been there, but it’s got worse”,
and that whilst he thought essay mills were an issue for universities to deal with in the first instance, he
was open to the idea of UK-wide legislation to ban essay mills as he did not think Wales-only
legislation would work.


The Committee believes that essay mills not only facilitate plagiarism but that they also often exploit
vulnerable students who would be better supported by seeking help from their university.”

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