Reducing Contract Cheating – Challenges And Solutions – Presentation Slides

How can we deter and detect contract cheating at all levels within an institution? That was the topic Irene Glendinning and I discussed on a webinar in the run up to the 4th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating.

Here are the slides we used.


You can also access these slides and those from many of my other presentations on my SlideShare account.

We also looked at the process of detecting and reporting on contract cheating. What are the steps to take to ensure that this process is fair and consistent? Such considerations are important as we try and preserve academic integrity throughout the process.

You can also watch the video recording of the webinar here.

Reducing Contract Cheating – More International Opportunities For Action – Presentation Slides

Here are the slides from a webinar Irene Glendinning and I ran in the run up to the 4th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. After the first webinar, it was obvious that people wanted more information and opportunities to get involved.


You can also access these slides and those from many of my other presentations on my SlideShare account.

This presentation contains examples of contract cheating, but focuses mainly on the International Day of Action, what’s involved with it, how other institutions have promoted the event and how to get involved. There are lots of examples of whiteboard pledges and other activities.

You can also watch the video recording of the webinar here.

Reducing Contract Cheating – International Opportunities For Action – Presentation Slides

We’re now in the run up to the 4th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. This annual event, aimed at raising awareness about contract cheating and getting the discussion going, began in 2016. The event has got bigger every year, with more international institutions taking part.

One of the biggest strengths of the event is when students themselves have taken leadership roles in organising local activities (or have partnered with academic staff).

Irene Glendinning and I are part of the group organising this year’s event and we delivered a webinar to encourage people to get involved.

The slides we used for the webinar are available on my SlideShare account. They are also included below.


The slides contain examples of why contract cheating remains a problem and the measures that the contract cheating industry is taking to continue to grow and prosper. There are lots of examples of activities used in previous International Days of Action Against Contract Cheating, as well as ideas for more.

The webinar attendees shared several of their own good ideas. Whiteboard pledges are a well-established part of the event, but I love the idea of group pledges. There was also a suggestion of running a contract cheating based escape room, which would be a lot of fun if someone can figure out good puzzles and activities.

You can watch the whole video of the webinar here.

Do try and get involved if you’re not already taking part. Even if you can’t sign up your institution, you can still show your support on the day and get involved with the online discussions. It is really important to make noise and show that the whole academic community is in favour of academic integrity, not contract cheating.

An Examination Of How Successful Essay Mills And Contract Cheating Services Have Been In Integrating Within Different Academic Disciplines – Presentation From Plagiarism Across Europe And Beyond 2019

During Plagiarism Across Europe And Beyond 2019, I presented a new study examining the extent of contract cheating across different discipline areas.

There will be a full paper based on this data, but you can see some of the highlights as they were shared during the talk. The slides I used are available on my SlideShare account. The slides are also included below.


The paper considered the demand for contract cheating services, based on requests posted online by students across multiple previous studies. These noted that the extended area of Business attracted substantial contract cheating requests.

New data presented looked at the online visibility of contract cheating service marketing across 19 main discipline groups, as identified by the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This showed that, although essay mills are already visible in search engine results, most disciplines show several opportunities for further essay mill exploitation.

The visibility of discipline specific contract cheating advertising is surely something that search engines, such as Google, need to address with their algorithms. They should aim to ensure that students looking for help online receive useful information rather than links to essay mills.

Exploring Low-Cost Contract Cheating Provision Enabled Through Micro-Outsourcing Web Sites – Presentation From Plagiarism Across Europe And Beyond 2019

My recent research has focused on the companies and writers who are fueling the contract cheating industry.

The Plagiarism Across Europe And Beyond Conference 2019 provided me with the opportunity to update the audience with my latest research in the area. This was focused on changes on the way in which the use of the Fiverr.com marketplace is used by writers, with comparative research from 2016 and 2018 presented.

The slides I used are available on my SlideShare account. They are also included below.


As the slides show, the supply of essay writing labour on Fiverr.com has increased. At the same time, the pricing of essays has dropped substantially, potentially making this more affordable to students.

A full paper based on this area is in review, giving more observations on the underlying data analysis. There is a lot more data on sites like Fiverr.com that is ripe for analysis and which will provide more evidence about the scale of essay mill operation and the continued development of the contract cheating industry.

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