Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19121: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on “essay mills”, in light of Universities UK's comment that they should be banned in the UK in order to protect the integrity of university education.

Answered by: Richard Lochhead 25 October 2018

While all universities have disciplinary procedures to tackle cheating students, any potential legislation to ban essay writing companies is a reserved matter for the UK Government.

Protecting the integrity of our higher education sector is vital and we will be working with the expert group created by the UK-wide Quality Assurance Agency to consider whether further action is needed to crack down on these so-called essay mills.