Economy Committee calls on Welsh Government to extend England’s ban on ‘essay mills’ to Wales

Published 18/10/2021   |   Last Updated 19/10/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

The Senedd’s Economy Committee has written to Welsh Government Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS, calling for Welsh Ministers to work with the UK Government to extend the proposed ban on essay mills in England so that it also covers Wales.

Paul Davies MS, Chair of the Economy Trade and Rural Affairs Committee said:

“Essay mills not only facilitate plagiarism but they also often exploit vulnerable students who would be better supported by seeking help from their university.

“We’re clear that essay mills must be banned and that the Welsh Government should work with the UK Government to make sure that the issue is dealt with across the UK – a Wales-only approach will not work.”

Former First Minister, Carwyn Jones said in 2018 he thought essay mills were an issue for universities to deal with in the first instance but that he was open to the idea of UK-wide legislation to ban essay mills as he did not think Wales-only legislation would work.

The Committee has today (18/10/2021) written to Education Minister Jeremy Miles MS outlining its view on the issue.