Universities respond to concerns around plagiarism

20 July 2016

The Council of Deans of Health has responded to recent claims in the media that plagiarism is commonplace among nursing students at UK universities.

A spokesperson for the Council, representing UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“Although any instance of plagiarism is a cause for concern, at any one time there are more than 70,000 nursing students in UK universities, so these figures over three years represent a tiny minority of students, less than 1% per year. The vast majority of students work hard, are honest and are a credit to their future profession.

Whilst it’s obviously worrying if websites are deliberately targeting nursing students, these numbers are also a sign that universities take plagiarism seriously and are willing to tackle it.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: councilofdeans.org.uk.
  2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames on 07496 693806.

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