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Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on Talk Radio to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.
He argued that some employers are concerned about degree grades, some giving up on them as an indication of a student’s ability. The figures speak for itself: in the 1990s, 7 per cent of students were awarded a First; in 2017, the number has quadrupled to 26 per cent. There was a similar issue of grade inflation in schools which has now been squashed. This was due to the outside involvement of the then Secretary of State and Ofqual.