UK university figures show up to fivefold rise in first-class degrees

Wolverhampton handed firsts to five times as many students in 2016-17 as 10 years earlier

British universities have been handing out higher-class degrees at an unprecedented rate over the past decade, according to detailed figures released by the higher education regulator.

The figures, from a selection of universities taking part in the government’s latest teaching excellence framework, known as Tef3, show huge variation, with at least one university issuing five times as many first-class degrees last year as it did a decade before.

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