YouTube must act immediately to stop promotion of cheating

1 May 2018

​Universities UK has called on YouTube to act immediately to remove adverts selling cheating to students and school pupils. A BBC investigation has revealed that YouTube stars are being paid to sell academic cheating.


Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “YouTube must act immediately to stop this appalling promotion of cheating. It is very concerning that vloggers with large numbers of student and young followers are encouraging cheating and normalising this behaviour.”

“Universities take plagiarism extremely seriously. Submitting work written by someone else is cheating and devalues the efforts of students who work hard to achieve their degrees. Universities have severe penalties for students found to be submitting work that is not their own.”

“Universities have become increasingly experienced at dealing with such issues and are engaging with students from day-one to underline the implications of cheating and how it can be avoided.”

Key Contacts

Steven Jefferies

Steven Jefferies

Head of Media
Universities UK

Luke Lambert

Luke Lambert

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Senior Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

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