It was just there. A modern-day paperclip conspiracy. Not just for scientists with dodgy records but now students desperate to get a job. It beckoned. So easy: accept and it’s finished. She’d paid the fees, attended all the classes. She deserved the qualification and was showing initiative – practice-research, she rationalised. It hailed her. Let’s work together. You think, brief me and I’ll write. Result. Her tutor said he couldn’t check but argued that the process not the product was the point. It’s where the learning was. Outsourcing the creative process was missing the why… but the paperclip just gleamed.