Universities in crackdown on ‘cut and paste culture’

Extracts from The Telegraph published in University World News

The number of students caught cheating in university essays has more than halved following a major crackdown in the UK on the ‘cut and paste culture’, it emerged last week, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.

New figures show that 8% of work submitted by undergraduates in 2005 was made up of a significant amount of plagiarized content. But by 2012, the proportion of essays and dissertations in which more than three-quarters of words were copied from a book or thesis had more than halved, to just 3%.

Universities launched a major drive a decade ago to prevent students cheating by attempting to pass off other academics’ work as their own.

Institutions combined to form the Plagiarism Advisory Service and were given free access to ‘Turnitin’ cheating software, which scans students’ work and compares it to a database featuring hundreds of millions of academic articles, journals and books.



Full report on The Telegraph site:


Povl Tiedemann
April 2013


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