The crumbling façade: my experience working for an essay mill

Posted in Life on December 12th, 2017 by steve

“According to a recent UK Government-backed review, academics are topping up their earnings by writing for ‘essay mill’ sites which help students to cheat in their assignments. SA Mills was one of those academics and recounts the experience here; offering an insight into the allure of such opportunities for those either out of work or in precarious positions, as well as the transactional nature of working for these services and with their clients …” (more)

[LSE Impact of Social Sciences, 12 December]

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It’s not essay mills that are doing the grinding

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 26th, 2017 by steve

“Notwithstanding the rejection of an amendment to the UK’s Higher Education and Research Bill that would have outlawed ‘cheating services’, political and public concern about essay mills remains at a historic high …” (more)

[Stuart Macdonald, Times Higher Education, 25 May]

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Like Welfare Cheats, Essay Mills are not the Problem the Government is Suggesting They Are

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, has identified a problem that few others considered as such: ‘unfair’ essay mills, whereby students buy their written academic work online. Leaving aside the fact that there is little evidence – either anecdotally or seriously – to indicate that essay mills are indeed a problem large enough to distort student outcomes, this seems like yet another example of the government diverting our attention away from more important concerns …” (more)

[University Times, 21 May]


Essays and TCD entrance requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Minister for Education speaks of the need to legislate to stamp out cheating by the use of ‘essay mills’ that sell essays on demand (‘Bruton outlines bill to tackle cheating in education system’, May 15th). Trinity College Dublin does not share the Minister’s concern. Trinity admit students to study law, of all things, on the basis of an essay whose author is unknown …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Students and lecturers react to Bruton’s plan to ban essay mills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister is looking to clamp down on ‘essay mills’ that are selling work to third-level students. It will be made an offence under new draft laws aimed at cutting down on cheating in higher education …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, Newtalk, 15 May]

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Bruton Announces New Powers for the Higher and Further Education Regulator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New Bill to Tackle Academic Cheating, Establish an International Education Mark. Institutes of Technology to Have Greater Autonomy in Awarding Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has today (Monday) announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a law which will provide new powers to the Higher and Further Education Regulator, QQI, to improve the quality of our education system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 May]

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New law to crack down on ‘essays for sale’

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Firms that provide written-to-order essays and dissertations for third-level students face prosecution under new laws. The move is a response to rising concern over the influence of ‘essay mill’ websites which allow students to bypass plagiarism-detection systems …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 May]

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