Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2016/17

The government has announced plans to crack down on grade inflation in universities amid fears that the growing number of first-class degrees being awarded to students is undermining their value. More than a quarter of graduates (26%) were awarded a first-class degree last year, up from 18% in 2012-13, according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

In order to curb the trend, experts who assess higher education providers for the government’s university ratings system will be asked to look at the percentage of firsts and 2:1s awarded by each institution. If judged excessive, the university could be downgraded. 

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