Education Matters: Plagiarism Plague as Cheating Students Caught
Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent
More than 100 students were caught cheating at a Birmingham university during the last academic year.
The University of Central England revealed 116 undergraduates resorted to deception in order to boost their results between September 2005 and this year's summer exams. But despite this the institution, based in Perry Barr, excluded only one student from a total student population of 25,000.
Cheating was also found to be problem at the region's other universities during the academic year.
Aston University, also based in Birmingham, uncovered 16 cases of cheating, half of which took place in an exam.
Six of the incidents were the result of the increasing problem of plagiarism - students copying other people's work, often from the internet, and passing it off as their own.
Birmingham University said it had ten cases of cheating that were serious enough to be referred to its investigating committee - two of which resulted in the students getting thrown out of the institution.
Warwick University discovered two students cheating in an exam, but reported no undergraduates had been caught plagiarising work.
Last night UCE said it took a hard line on cheating within the institution. A spokesman said: "The one student excluded has left the university and cannot return on the original or any other course. …