Professor addresses international conference on academic integrity

Professor Michael Draper, from the University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, representing the Ethics Transparency and Integrity in Education Platform (ETINED) of the Council of Europe at conference in Cyprus

A Swansea University academic has shared his expertise and experience in ethics and academic integrity with an international audience at an EU conference.

Professor Michael Draper, from the University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, represented the Ethics Transparency and Integrity in Education Platform (ETINED) of the Council of Europe at the event.

The three-day conference for EU member states was held to highlight the ongoing fight against plagiarism, academic misconduct and fraud in higher education.

The ETINED Platform was set up as a consequence of worldwide concern over corruption in education. It supports an approach that quality education will only be achieved, and corruption effectively addressed, if all relevant sectors of society commit fully to fundamental positive ethical principles for public and professional life.

Professor Michael Draper said he was honoured to be asked to attend the conference held in Nicosia.

He said: “I have been closely involved with colleagues from across Europe and beyond in developing this work over a number of years and to see the positive impact this is having in member states is very welcome.

“This is particularly the case in the area of essay mills and diploma mills which have been the subject of significant UK Government, QAA and media attention recently. “

Next month Professor Draper will be heading to Prague to lead discussions about a framework he has helped to draft on countering education fraud and promoting ethics, transparency and integrity in education.

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