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Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on Love Sport Radio following the publication of Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.
He argued that not only is grade inflation visible across most of Higher Education, the rate of grade inflation is accelerating. A large number of universities have at least doubled, if not tripled or quadrupled, their proportion of ‘Firsts’ in recent years, which shows that the current systems in place to protect quality and standards are not working well enough. A new approach is needed if the degree grades given to students at the end of their course are to remain meaningful to them and to employers.