All information about grade inflation

Analysis of degree classifications over time - changes in graduate attainment from 2010-11 to 2018-19

This report sets out the results of our analysis of changes in the proportion of first and upper second class degrees awarded between 2010-11 and 2018-19. We report on how graduate attainment has changed over this period, and the extent to which these changes can be statistically accounted for by changes in certain characteristics of the graduate population. This analysis has been undertaken at both the sector level and the provider level.

Why grade inflation matters

The credibility and value of the qualifications awarded by higher education providers matters greatly to students, their families, employers and other stakeholders. And it matters too for the international reputation of the English higher education sector.

New plans to tackle grade inflation

Susan Lapworth has responded to new proposals on tackling grade inflation, which have been covered by various news outlets.

Grade inflation for first-class degrees stalls

Latest figures show that rapid annual growth in the proportion of students awarded first-class degrees has stalled, after significant annual increases since 2011.

Getting to grips with grade inflation

Our director of competition and registration Susan Lapworth sets out the findings from our new report on degree classifications.

Published 19 November 2020

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