There was significant coverage of the OfS’s analysis of degree classifications over time, which finds that nearly six in 10 first class degrees awarded in 2020-21 cannot be explained by a range of factors which may affect attainment.
The story was on the front page of The Times, and there was also coverage in print and online in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and FT. There was print coverage in the I newspaper, and an online story from The Guardian. Conor Ryan, director of external relations at the OfS, was interviewed on the BBC News Channel about the report, which also featured widely on BBC radio news bulletins and was written up by the BBC News website. The story was also picked up by Forbes and the Press Association, as well as coverage in the sector press from Times Higher and University Business.