year but 88 cases of reported plagiarism were recorded in the year 2004 5.
A further 24 were warned for cheating during exams with students found trying to smuggle notes into the exam hall or secretly communicate when invigilators were not looking. For all types of cheating offences, a total of 10 students were expelled from the university.
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One Manchester Metropolitan University student, who did not want to be named, said cheating was commonplace: "In assignments it is rife. With the number of essays tutors have to mark and also the fact that they split it between many tutors to mark it is understandable that students get away with it.
The University of Manchester, the largest university in the UK, has seen a 55 per cent rise in the number of cheating cases in the space of 12 months.
Figures show that nearly 500 students tried to trick their lecturers last year, mainly by copying work from the Internet and passing it off Nike Air Max 95 Essentials as their own coursework.
A University of Manchester spokesman said "All academic malpractice, including plagiarism, is regarded as a serious offence and students found to have committed it are penalized.
Education chiefs say internet plagiarism is a growing problem at UK campuses and the figures obtained from four Greater Manchester universities by the MEN have spelled out the scale of the cheating for the first time.
the course for plagiarising. She said: "He obviously must have copied an awful lot of work. I don't think there's any excuse for it."
One UK based website boasts that its essays will not be picked up by plagiarism detection software used by universities and offers a 500 refund if students are found out.
Others told how lecturers were now insisting that electronic as well as written versions were submitted so they could be easily checked for cheating.
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Students are allowed to quote from books, magazines and the web but they must reference this in their essays and cannot pass the ideas off as their own.
One second year student at the University of Manchester revealed how he had plagiarised in the past but had never been caught.
While the figures from the four universities were in keeping with national trends they show increasing numbers of students are being tempted to use the wide range of articles freely available on the Internet.
Nine of the students were later cleared but four were expelled because their cheating was so serious. The other cases were dealt with a range of penalties including a downgrading of marks.
"One person blatantly admitted to me and my friends that he had cheated and got a 75% mark, this was very annoying because it was one many students struggled on."
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In addition, a number of online firms offer bespoke or pre written essays to students in exchange for cash.
A number of students told the MEN that plagiarism and using the web to cheat was common practice.
Bosses at the 35,000 student institution say the figure was still much lower than the national average but insist stern measures were being adopted to discourage offenders.
"At the very least a mark of only 30% would be awarded for the piece of work in question, but it could be worse; they could be awarded zero, fail the whole unit, be demoted to a lower class of degree, or even be excluded from the programme."
He told the MEN: "I've had mates who have finished an Womens Air Max 95
Officials estimate that around 12,000 such essays are sold to UK students from firms based in Britain and overseas. Last week the internet search engine Google announced it was banning adverts from company which offer essay writing service.
At Manchester Metropolitan University, there were 135 reports of plagiarism last year. The university bucked the trend elsewhere, showing a fall from the previous year when there were 175 cases.
The majority were penalised with marks deducted from their degrees but in some cases the students were expelled because the cheating was considered so serious.
essay and then emailed it to me so that I could copy parts of it. I suppose plagiarising is wrong but when you have a busy working and social life it's easy to do."
In Salford, 154 cases of plagiarism were investigated with 141 students found guilty.
Prices range from 90 for a 1,000 word undergraduate essay to a staggering 20,000 for a 35,000 word PhD thesis which the site guarantees will be of first class quality.
Investigators say students mostly copy work from an online source, but some essays were stolen from books or copied from classmates.
Last year, 136 students were dealt with for copying work or cheating during exams compared to only 88 the previous year.
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