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Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.
He argued that grade inflation has reached “extraordinary levels”. In the 1990s, the proportion of students receiving Firsts was 7 per cent. This has quadrupled to 26 per cent of students in 2017. It appears the reason for this is universities themselves with academics saying there is pressure to revise marks to a higher grade. Students will lose out most as employers are starting to give up on degree grades, finding them meaningless.
You can listen to the full episode here (Tom appears at 50.40).