Universities pledge to curb COVID-driven degree inflation

Universities in England have pledged to reverse degree inflation for first-class degrees and 2.1s, returning the proportion of upper degree classes to pre-pandemic levels, writes Catherine Lough for The Independent.

Both Universities UK and GuildHE have said that by 2023 they will bring the proportion of 2.1s and first-class degrees back in line with pre-pandemic levels, in the first statement of its kind.

There has been a rise in degree grade inflation during the pandemic following the introduction of measures such as ‘no detriment’ policies to mitigate the impact of COVID disruptions to students’ studies. In 2020-21, over one in three students (36%) achieved the top grade of a first-class degree, according to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
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