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.”
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