Contract Cheating: Identifying, Preventing and Detecting – Webinar Slides

How do we, as university staff and instructors, identify, prevent and detect contract cheating. That was the theme I was asked to talk about for a webinar for Brunel University London, held on 23 September 2020, designed to celebrate the launch of Brunel’s new academic integrity procedures.

You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).



Although it is impossible to completely prevent contract cheating, I do believe there are strategies to help reduce the likelihood and impact of contract cheating and to mitigate for the risk that is poses to society. I discuss several such strategies in the slides.

We do need to continue to work to develop further strategies, along with a continued awareness of what contract cheating means for the sector.

Taking Action Against Contract Cheating – Webinar Slides

Contract cheating continues to be a real issue in education, particularly in light of the Covid-19 situation. In this session, I discussed how students, staff and everyone involved with education can take education. Much of the presentation highlighted the International Day of Action against Contract Cheating.

You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).


A very general range of questions were asked, which shows that we do need to continue to be providing support regarding contract cheating for people of all levels of experience.

The video from the presentation is also available, which you can watch here.

Contract Cheating in the Context of Covid-19: Five Key Ideas to Consider – Webinar Slides

Epigeum invited me to deliver a webinar looking at the particular challenges posed by contract cheating as we deal with the Covid-19 situation. I focused on five key areas, considering particularly how contract cheating services are using Covid-19 to their advantage and encouraging students to buy from them.

You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).


The session went well with no shortage of questions. It was illuminating to look at the type of advertising being used by the sites, with Covid-19 guarantees offered and all kinds of assurances that the firms were still operating and meeting deadlines.

Epigeum have also released the video, which you can watch here.

Academic Integrity 2020 – Keynote Presentation Slides

I delivered the opening keynote for Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2020. The conference was moved online creating an interesting dynamic, but worked very well in the circumstances.

In my presentation, I looked back at the 20 years I’d been working in academic integrity, starting off trying to use technology to detect plagiarism, moving through the current changing situation with Covid-19, finishing by considering the challenges likely to face the sector in the future.

You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).


The talk was wide ranging, paying credit to many of the researchers who have laid the foundation to contract cheating research and showing how many of the issues we’re looking at now are the same ones we were talking about over a decade ago.

At this time when we’ve moved a lot of assessment online, how will we ensure continued academic integrity and how will we address the contract cheating industry aggressively marketing to vulnerable students? How will we react when students struggle with extortion and blackmail demands? The issues are very real and the threats posed by Artificial Intelligence will only see continued challenges for academic integrity in the future.

Discipline Differences in Contract Cheating – Presentation Slides

Here are the slides I prepared for the International Center for Academic Integrity Conference 2020, which was held in Portland, Oregon.

The presentation focused on why we need to address contract cheating at discipline level and why we need to consider methods other than surveys for deciding what is happening regarding contract cheating.

Unfortunately, for me the presentation was rather a blur, as I heard that my long-term research partner and friend, Robert Clarke, had passed away. I got the news just before delivering the presentation. I’m very grateful to the audience regarding how they received the presentation in what was a very challenging time.

You can see the slides I used below (and also on my SlideShare account).


Robert Clarke and I have collected data on contract cheating dating back to 2004, so we’ve seen lots of interest in the area since that point, but little change in academic practice. But, at the same time, the companies marketing contract cheating services are very aware about the need to market to different subjects and students and how they need to play a long-term game to develop relationships. We need to adapt to this and continue academic integrity research at all levels.

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