Ages ago a friend, knowing of my interests in the extent of plagiarism in higher education, sent me a link to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled The Shadow Scholar: the man who writes your students’ papers tells his story. In a nutshell, this tells ‘the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed’. Although it refers primarily to the US context, it provides a salutary tale for all those involved in helping university students to learn. Above all, it should remind us that such practices are becoming increasingly commonplace. In the month that followed its original publication, the report attracted 640 comments, and these are also well worth a read.
On re-reading it today, I am even more convinced that it should become required reading for academics and students alike!