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Students disciplined for using essay writing services

Disclosure date: 29 August 2013

Reference: FOI2013/069


Could you please let me know how many students you disciplined in the academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13 (a figure for each year) for handing in custom essays or assignments bought from essay writing services (or essay mills, as they’re sometimes called).

Note that I don’t mean plagiarism where a student has copied Wikipedia or an academic work without attribution – I mean essays they’ve commissioned paid writers to do.

Of those disciplined, could you let me know

           a) how they were punished           
           b) how many were from outside the UK


2011-12: 0
2012-13: 0