Contract Cheating – Celebrating 15 Years?

The first research paper on contract cheating was published in 2006, meaning that 2021 has marked 15 years since the phenomenon was first named.

But how well has the sector addressed contract cheating and are they prepared for future developments designed to subvert academic integrity? This feature presentation for the International Center for Academic Integrity aimed to address these questions.

The presentation slides are available on the SlideShare account for Thomas Lancaster). They are also included below.


Dr. Thomas Lancaster is an international expert in academic integrity, best known for raising awareness of contract cheating through leading research and other activities. He regularly provides expert seminars and media commentary. Thomas is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Computer Science practitioner. To discuss opportunities to work with Thomas, please contact thomas@thomaslancaster.co.uk.
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