Thomas Lancaster

Dr Thomas Lancaster is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Computing at Imperial College London, UK, with responsibility for student support. He is an experienced academic integrity researcher and international speaker, with publications dating back to 2000. He completed his PhD in 2003, where he developed plagiarism detection technology intended to be more intuitive for users. Thomas collaborated with international colleagues for the Council of Europe South East European Project on Academic Integrity (SEEPPAI) research. With Robert Clarke, he published the first research on contract cheating, an area he continues to discuss regularly in the media. His recent work has focused on the writers and providers behind contract cheating, the reasons students commit contract cheating and the opportunities to work with student partners to reduce contract cheating (

Posts by Thomas Lancaster

Contract Cheating In The Gig Economy
Thomas Lancaster | March 18, 2019

The higher education is sector is talking about contract cheating. When a student replaces themselves with a third party for the purposes of assessment, they stand to gain qualifications that they don’t deserve. They are also devaluing the qualificatio …

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