1 February 2017 -31 January 2020 Print

URKUND's fully-automated system for handling plagiarism from three sources, internet, published material and student material

Checking students' work for plagiarism requires time and resources. URKUND offers a fully-automated system for handling plagiarism that is easy to use and introduce into a university or college as it can be used via Moodle, Blackboard, D2L, Canvas (among other VLEs) or by email. All documents are checked as soon as they are uploaded against three sources, internet, published material and student material. Site licences for URKUND are available through this Chest Agreement.

Key Facts


  • Lower pricing than directly from supplier

Important Dates

Agreement start date: 1 February 2017

Agreement end date: 31 January 2020

Licences are co-terminus with the agreement.

Eligible Institutions

This Agreement is available to Institutions of Higher and Further Education and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, to Universities and Colleges of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland and Associated Sites.

Background Information

This agreement was negotiated at the request of the community to ensure there are competitive products in this area. 


A two week trial (or ten documents) is available. Please contact Eduserv Help with the following information:

  • Name of college/university
  • Name and email address of a contact person
  • If you intend to use your VLE for the trial then provide the name of the VLE you use

Production Information

Supplier Details

Owner: Prio Infocenter AB, Primusgatan 20, Box 3217, SE-103 64 Stockholm, Sweden

Product Description

URKUND offers a fully-automated system for handling plagiarism. Students send their documents to their teachers. Along the electronic route between student and teacher, the documents are checked against three central source areas: Internet, published material and student material. If any document displays similarities with the content in the three sources, the system will flag it for possible plagiarism. A simplified analysis overview is generated and sent by email to the teacher concerned who can then determine if plagiarism has occurred.

Easy to use
URKUND does not require any software installation, no use of complex interfaces and no login to any website for the student nor the teacher. This means that the service is very easy to use and introduce into an organisation.

Integrated system
It is important to differentiate between URKUND's email based system and other tools, that require the teacher to log in to a website and upload the students' documents for checking.

The most important differences are listed below:

  • Less work involved

URKUND's email based system automatically checks all submitted documents with no extra effort required on the part of the teacher. In other systems that require teachers to select and upload documents, the extra workload on the part of many different teachers, means that there is a chance not all documents will be checked.

  • Selection

URKUND's system does not require teachers to select documents; all documents are checked at the point of submission. This maximises the discovery frequency and at the same time it avoids arbitrary and random selection of documents for checking. Other tools that require a teacher to select and upload documents only those that they consider to be plagiarised are checked, as well as any documents chosen for random screening.

  • Discovery

URKUND screens all submitted documents at every instance of submission. This maximises the discovery rate. All systems requiring the screening of only a selection of the submitted documents have a lower rate of discovery. 

Read more about URKUND

Pricing and Ordering


Fees are based upon the Licensee’s Student FTE (Full Time Equivalent) Count (using the latest available HESA stats or equivalent) subject to a minimum applicable fee of £900 per Licensee per Licence Year. 

Licence Year (1 February to 31 January)
2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
per FTE
or a minimum of £900 whichever is the greater

Prices will be rounded up to the nearest whole pound.

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Monthly pro-rata pricing is available in the year of signing the licence.

Payment Terms

This agreement is of 3 years duration, commencing 1 February 2017 and terminating 31 January 2020.

On receipt a completed Order Form plus an Institution Purchase Order made payable to Eduserv, sites will be invoiced for the Agreement year in which the Licence is signed.

For each subsequent year, Sites will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement on 1 November 2017 and 1 November 2018. 

Note – monthly pro-rating charging is available for institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

Prices exclude VAT.

All purchase orders must be made out to 'Eduserv' and payments must be paid within 30 calendar days of the date of invoice.

Agreement Period

This is a 3 year Agreement. Start date: 1 February 2017 End date: 31 January 2020

Commitment Period

Institutions may participate in the Agreement at any time during its life, but shall be bound by its Terms and Conditions, including payments, until the end of the Agreement.

How to Order

All sites should send the following documents:

  • One copy of the Order Form
  • A Purchase Order for the full amount due plus VAT made payable to "Eduserv"
    and return them to Eduserv:
  1. By email to Eduserv: help@eduserv.org.uk
  2. Or by post to:
    Royal Mead
    Railway Place
    BA1 1SR

Licence Information

Licence Type

This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for URKUND Plagiarism service – you are advised to read the licence (located at the end of the order form) in full.

Termination Clauses

At the end of a Licence period the service is discontinued unless renewed via Eduserv or directly with the licensor.

It is the intention of Eduserv and Prio Infocenter AB to renew this 3 year Agreement. If the Agreement is renewed or extended then new conditions may apply. If the Agreement is not renewed then any extension is a matter between institutions and Prio Infocenter AB.

Location and Use Permissions

The product(s) may be used by any Authorised User of the Licensee for Educational Purposes which includes the administration and management of the licensee’s educational and research operations.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.

Service and Support


A two week trial (or ten documents) is available - please contact Eduserv Help. with the following information:

  • Name of college/university
  • Name and email address of a contact person
  • If you intend to use your VLE for the trial then provide the name of the VLE you use

Feasibility studies lasting several weeks / months are chargeable - please contact Eduserv Help in the first instance.

Sample reports are also available from the URKUND website

Product Documentation

User manuals are available for download.

Authorised Users may download and/or print out copies of the documentation supplied with and forming part of the service for training purposes.

Training and Training Materials

Making copies of training materials for teaching purposes is permitted. 

Technical Support

Support will be provided via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. Contact details:

Supplier Website

Supplier home page

Method of delivery of product

Students upload their material according to the university’s instructions. This tends to be via the VLE (URKUND is integrated into Moodle, Canvas, D2L, Blackboard) but can also be via email or upload to the teacher's account. As URKUND is purchased via a licence, clients can use all three methods.

Get in touch

0300 121 0878

Chest Agreement General

Calls to 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as calls to normal home or business landlines.

Contact Form

Chest Help

URKUND Case Studies

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    The University of Canberra see the use of URKUND to identify textual similarities in work submitted by students to be a helpful pedagogical tool rather than a punitive detection system - read more.

    Plagiarism detection has increased awareness at Copenhagen Business School. Most teachers use URKUND’s plagiarism reports as a basis for discussion with the students about plagiarism - read more