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Oxbridge Essays advert banned after misleading students


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Oxbridge Essays, a company that offers university students pre-written essays as a guideline, has had their ‘Definite Grade’ advertisement banned after they failed on their promise that the student would get the grade they paid for.

The company advertises on their website that they “aim to provide the best essay writing services available in the UK" and that "this aim is backed by the highest level of guarantees of any legitimate UK essay-writing company.” With the ‘Definite Grade’ they “guarantee that you will receive at least the grade you order (1st Class, 2:1, 2:2).  If not, we’ll give you your money back!”

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled this is as misleading as the company contradict this statement elsewhere on their website. Under their Terms & Conditions Oxbridge Essays say “the client agrees that the Upper 1st, 1st Class, 2:1 or 2:2 guarantees provided by The Oxbridge Research Group Ltd. in no way represents any guarantee that were the same written material to be submitted to the client's university or school then the client would receive that degree mark.”

They continue to mislead by saying “all written materials supplied by The Oxbridge Research Group Ltd. to the client are meant only to be used as model examples of what the client's own work might be like. For a client to hand in any written material written by The Oxbridge Research Group Ltd. as if it were that client's own is strictly prohibited by The Oxbridge Research Group Ltd. and represents a breach of our copyright."

The last paragraph states that if the student changes their purchased piece, which they are told to do, then the guarantee no longer exists. “Further, once any work supplied by The Oxbridge Research Group Ltd. to the client has been altered or used as inspiration for the client's own work then that work is no longer exactly the same work supplied by The Oxbridge Research Group Ltd. and so carries none of its guarantees as to its class standard".

For a standard 2,000 word essay for a journalism module at a standard 2:1 grade Oxbridge charge £330 and offer additional options.  For a sheet showing your research they add an extra £100 per page, taking the total to £430. 

If you get your essay and you aren’t happy with content they also offer alterations periods ranging from 10 days for £33 or unlimited altercations for £83.  

Added together, all additional options mean students may pay £563 for a custom essay - one that is highly likely to either fall below the 2:1 boundary or be discounted for plagiarism. 

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