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National Academic Integrity Network
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) established the National Academic Integrity Network (NAIN) at an inaugural meeting of the Academic Integrity project on November 14th 2019. This was in response to the introduction of the amended legislation as set out in the QQI amended Act. The amended Act provides a statutory basis for the prosecution of those who facilitate learner cheating, including the advertisement, or publication of advertisements, of these services, by companies such as 'essay mills', or by individuals.


The purpose of the Network is to advise, raise awareness and offer guidance on:

  • the current landscape of academic integrity in Ireland

  • current approaches to prevention, detection and penalising of academic misconduct and the roles and responsibilities of identifying the roles and responsibilities of the key stakeholders in addressing this issue: Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), learners and QQI;

  • a strategy for HEIs to engage with enrolled learners as key partners in the embedding of a positive culture of academic integrity within the institution;

  • good practice with regard to

    • fostering an institutional culture of academic integrity;

    • ​preventing and addressing suspected cases of academic misconduct

  • a working methodology and procedures for the reporting and prosecution of instances of cheating within Higher Education Institutions that are offences under the QQI a​mended Act.

  • a national communications strategy for all stakeholders with a primary focus on learners

  • definitions of commonly used terms in the field of academic integrity

  • the identification of areas for enhancement to support and grow a culture of academic integrity in HEIs nationally.

For more information, please read the NAIN Terms of Reference for 2020.  These ToRs are to be reviewed each year by the NAIN.



The Network members are nominated by their Higher Education Institution's Registrars and take a leading role in approving the objectives of the Network, providing feedback on draft documents and initiatives and acting as the means of the communication between their institution and the Network.  The Network is overseen by a Steering Committee.

The Network comprises of representatives from

  • Publicly regulated Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

  • The Irish Universities Association (IUA)

  • The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)

  • The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA)

  •  The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) as well as three SU Officers from HEIs

  • QQI staff as appropriate​



14 November 2019

23 January 2020

​​18 June 2020​


​15 October 2020
​10 December 2020


Working Groups 

Working Group 1

​Chair:  Yvonne Kavanagh (IT Carlow)

​Identification of Common Definitions and National Good Practice Guidelines​

 Working Group 2 ​ 

​Chair:  David Croke (RCSI)

​Establish the nature and extent of current academic misconduct in Ireland in order to develop prevention strategies and identify areas for dedicated enhancement activity​

Working Group 3

Chair:  Kevin McStravock (USI)

​Develop a communications plan to support the work of the Network in raising awareness of academic cheating and related issues amongst students across the  Higher Education sector. ​



The Network provides webinars and events on themes proposed by the NAIN members to support the further development and enhancement of collective, institutional and individual good practice in the field of academic integrity.

Academic integrity in 2020 and beyond: selected issues, challenges and solutions for higher education

10 September 2020

Listen back to our speakers here:

Introduction - William Kelly, NAIN Chair

Academic integrity and what we can learn from the pandemic – Dr Teddi Fishman

Developments in Higher Education in relation to academic integrity – Professor Michael Draper

The National Academic Integrity Network – William Kelly


National Academic Integrity Week 19 - 23 October

This week will feature a range of events offered by institutions nationally and internationally.  

Our next webinar will be a centrepiece of this week of activities:

Fostering Academic Integrity in the Classroom - Dr Trician Bertram-Gallant, University of California, San Diego, 21 October 2020 at 16.00.

A full schedule of events for the National Academic Integrity Week will be published on our Events page shortly.