Addressing Contract Cheating and Other Threats to Academic Integrity – Keynote Presentation at University of Wolverhampton

The world of contract cheating continues to progress. I was asked to speak about this for a keynote address at the University of Wolverhampton, which allowed me to bring together many of the latest findings in the contract cheating and academic integrity fields.

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


During the presentation, I showed how easy how cheap and easy outsourcing is (you can see a video promoting the fictitious essay mill Werewolf Essays here). I also considered how contract cheating companies are now able to get their advertising out through university channels themselves, including university social media accounts.

The presentation was accompanied by lots of questions, including relating to the technology surrounding the academic cheating industry, which is becoming something of a trend at events like this now.

Exploring The Culture Of Plagiarism Invading Higher Education

I was invited to deliver a high profile keynote presentation about student plagiarism in Azerbaijan, to an audience consisting largely of Vice Chancellors, other senior figures in higher education and Government officials.

This was quite an experience for me, as it’s also the first time I’ve had a talk I’ve given translated live into a foreign language. It was a very respectful audience and I hope that the translation captured everything that I presented.

You can see the slides for the keynote presentation on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

The event was held in conjunction with Turnitin and I used the keynote slot to question several assumptions about student plagiarism and to raise awareness of why this is an important problem and one that cannot simply be ignored.

The slides contain examples of plagiarism extending beyond the traditional written essay and I hope capture the feeling that the movement that exists towards ensuring integrity in all aspects of academic life.

A Decade Of Contract Cheating – Ten Years Of Contract Cheating Keynote Presentation

10 In 10 Contract Cheating Series – Part 9

This is post 9 in a 10 part series looking back at contract cheating over the past 10 years and how what we know about this type of cheating has developed.

Many of my feelings about contract cheating over the past decade have been captured in a keynote presentation I gave at the Western Australia Forum for Contract Cheating, which was held at Curtin University in Perth Australia.

It’s all pleasing to see the messages behind contract cheating being taken seriously and the sheer interest in this presentation was incredible. Participation included many major contract cheating researchers from Australia and the message that contact cheating was not something that we want to see clearly resonated. There was also media interest in the presentation.

I used the keynote presentation to position contract cheating within a wider context, including looking at the similar cheating behaviours that existed before widespread use of the Internet. I also considered the messages that we need to think about in the future world of fair and accountable assessment of academic skills.

You can see the slides for the contract cheating keynote presentation on my SlideShare account. They are also embedded below.

The video recordings from the full forum are available here (including my keynote). There were some really interesting presentations of work in progress, including looks at how to profile students in danger of contract cheating through their marks, the legal issues of contract cheating, how cheating groups had been set up to “defeat” business simulation assignments and even the pre-workshop discussion I gave for Curtin University staff.

You can also see a Storify discussion of the social media discussions around the contract cheating forum here.

Definitely a worthwhile event and hopefully the first of many in that part of the world. Future contract cheating events certainly have my full support.

Take a look here to check out the other parts of the 10 in 10 contract cheating series.