"Suggesting that universities impose 'honour' agreements instead is particularly concerning as such terms against contract cheating will already exist in the codes a student signs up to on enrolment and therefore seems to suggest a lack of appreciation of not only how the sector works but also the fact that often vulnerable students get drawn into using these services due to the commercial practices of the sites themselves often predicated on the fact that they are providing services which are still legal in the UK," he said.Last autumn, 46 senior figures from across the higher education sector called for new legislation to be introduced in the UK to ban "the provision and advertising of essay mills".
The Irish government has announced a new law that would make make it illegal to provide or advertise contract cheating services.
New Zealand and 17 US states already have such laws.
Students should know that they face being thrown off their course if they are found to be cheating," he said.
The UK government is expected to outline new measures to combat essay mills in a new education technology strategy set to be published this spring.
Write an essay on one of the following topics: The winning essay will be published on the British Embassy Warsaw’s website and social media channels. The essay should be all the own work of the participant. The email should be titled “UK & Poland security cooperation - essay competition”.
The winner and runner up in each category will receive a pass for the Warsaw Security Forum and meet with UK officials joining the workshop. Entries should include the participant’s name, surname, academic affiliation, and place of residence.
Essay mills are already prohibited under New Zealand law, while draft legislation has similarly been prepared in Australia and Ireland.
In response to that letter, however, the then universities minister Sam Gyimah said that while legislative options are "not off the table", there were actions institutions can take themselves to combat contract cheating, the BBC reported at the time.
This was after weeks of pressure from the UK government, which insists stopping payments for essay mills would go a long way in beating academic cheating.
'Essay mills' provide custom written essays for students to cheat with.