Finally, it appears universities are waking up to the problem and taking ACTION - LOL!! Only about 20 years too late, but hey, better late than never. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45640236 So, a call has been made by the 'intelligent' people running universities to 'ban' essay writing companies. 1) The UK does not run the world. How do they expect to be able to ban the many essay writing companies from e.g. India and other third world companies? 2) You cannot 'ban' students or essay services accessing and using the dark web to do business. How do they propose to do this? I'm appalled at the naivety and ignorance of 'university bosses' for a complete failure of understanding how the modern digital world works. Given the amount of money they are paid and their access to well-qualified advisors, and the crazy rises they have had in recent years, you would expect a modicum of intelligence over this. What they should be doing of course, is to insist that there is a complete overhaul of assessment methods at universities, including the use of exams and coursework done under exam conditions, to compliment and match reasonably well work done in students' own time, away from the university. Their dumb proposals are all about saving money for their next pay rise rather than rescuing the integrity of the university system. And this is not solely a university problem. This kind of stupidity can be seen in many school courses, e.g. the NEA ****-up in the GCSE Computer Science earlier this year. Clueless, 'special' people have too much influence in education!