The Times Higher Education and David Matthews have undertaken
a detailed look into the world of contract cheating and custom essay writing, in which Thomas Lancaster features prominently.
The article attempts to quantify the scale of the contract cheating and custom essay writing problem. This is difficult because it is largely underground, although estimates are obtained from official company figures and FOI requests from universities.
An interesting comments relates to students submitting their work in a format other than the one that an academic intended. This may be an indication that this uses a standard format pulled instead from an essay writing company.
Worth a read.