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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Plagiarism and all that

When I was in the education system plagiarism was one of the worse sins you could commit. The hugely destabilising philosophy dispute at Swansea University in the 1990s centred on higher degrees allegedly being awarded to students who had copied the work of others. A US Democrat presidential nomination campaign fell apart because the potential nominee plagiarised a speech by Neil Kinnock. It is a little shocking therefore to find that the inspectors themselves are adopting this practice. There are clear issues of accountability raised by this matter.

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