Student improvement or grade inflation?

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The Higher Education Statistics Agency has released data on student enrolments and qualifications for 2016-17.

The data shows that last year 26 per cent of students gained a first class degree, a rise of two per cent from the previous year, and up from 18 per cent in 2012-13.

QAA has begun work with Universities UK and GuildHE to address the issue of UK degree classifications, including the steady rise in the number of firsts.

We will be looking at whether these rises can be attributed to improvements in ability and performance, or whether grade inflation is also a…

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