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Grade Inflation Epidemic? Surrey awards more First Class degrees than 2:1s watch

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    Eight out of 10 students got a first or a 2:1 at almost 50 UK universities last year, according to the latest figures on degree classifications.

    At 10 institutions more than 90 per cent of students managed to attain the two highest degree classes, while at almost a quarter of the country’s universities at least 30 per cent of those graduating got a first.

    Checking exam results Sharp increase in first-class degrees triggers standards debate READ MORE The figures, driven by another year-on-year increase in the share of students achieving a first, are likely to further add to the debate around grade inflation. Last year, the former universities minister Jo Johnson said that grade inflation was “ripping through English higher education” as plans were unveiled to assess its impact in the teaching excellence framework.

    source: Times Higher Education
    At the University of Surrey, 44.4% of graduates were awarded a First Class honours degrees classification compared with 40.9% awarded a 2:1. This makes Surrey one of only two institutions in the British higher education system, along with the Royal Academy of Music, to award more First Class honour degrees than any other degree classification.

    The following mainstream British universities awarded the most First Class honours degrees in 2016-17.

    1. Imperial College London (44.7%)
    2. University of Surrey (44.4%)
    3. University College London (39.5%)
    4. University of East Anglia (35.7%)
    5. University College Birmingham (34.9%)
    6. University of Oxford (33.9%)
    7. King's College London (33.6%)
    8. University of Cambridge (33.5%)
    9. University of Huddersfield (33.1%)
    10. University of West London (32%)
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