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Percentage of Queen Mary students awarded first-class degree doubled since 2010

Queen Mary ranked #22 in grade inflation league table

The percentage of Queen Mary students being awarded first-class degrees has increased by over 15 percentage points in recent years.

In the 2010-11 academic year, 15.3% of Queen Mary students achieved a first-class degree, compared to 30.9% in the 2016-17 year.

Analysis by The Times revealed that 2:2 and third-class degrees were becoming a rarity at several universities including University College London, Durham and Bristol, where fewer than 10% of students received these grades.

Amongst the worst offenders for grade inflation were the The University of Huddersfield, The University of East Anglia and The University of Surrey, where grades have inflated over 25% since 2010.

Almost 75 percent of students at The Royal Academy of Music received a first-class degree in 2017, making it the number one university for awarding first-class degrees. Though, their grade inflation has been moderate compared to other universities as they only saw an increase of 15.8% since 2011.

The Office for Students (OfS) said that universities were awarding the higher classifications without explanation. Furthermore, the “spiralling grade inflation” risks undermining public confidence.

Chief executive of the OfS, Nicola Dandridge, said: “It is fundamentally important for students, graduates and employers that degrees hold their value over time. The sector must quickly get to grips with this issue. If they do not take action we will use our powers to drive change.”

The OfS has the power to fine or cancel the registration of universities who continue to allow “significant unexplained increases” in grades.

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