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Ucas issue cheat threat

Published: Tuesday, 02 October 2007   Category: Public sector

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) have warned would be undergraduates that any cheating on personal statements will detected.

The warning, issued in a letter to all UK sixth forms, came after it was estimated that one in 20 students plagiarised their personal statements using the internet and other sources.

But now Ucas have new technology that can detect such forms of cheating and have told students that plagiarism could cost them a place at university.

Steve Harrop, Ucas head of technology and strategy, said: "A personal statement should be the student's own work.

"The new system, Copycatch, will compare every application submitted for entry next year with thousands posted on websites and 1.5 million from previous years."

In their research into plagiarism Ucas discovered that 800 medical students had copied large amounts of text from the same book.

A further 234 students 'coincidentally' claimed that their love for science began after they had burnt a hole in their pyjamas conducting an experiment.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18301813-ADNFCR

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