Government calls on OfS to clamp down on university grade inflation

Proportion of students awarded first class honours rose by 80% in just seven years

The proportion of university students awarded first-class honours has rocketed by 80% in the last seven years, prompting renewed calls from government for an immediate clampdown on grade inflation.

New figures released by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), show that 16% of students who graduated from an English university in 2010–11 attained the highest possible degree classification, but by last summer the proportion had gone up to 29%. Over the last year alone, the proportion of firsts has increased by more than 2%.

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