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'Grade inflation' in top degree grades stopping

The sharp increase in university students in the UK getting top degree grades seems to have stalled, according to annual official figures.

It follows warnings from ministers of the need to prevent "grade inflation" devaluing degrees.

The latest figures show 28% of students were awarded first class degrees in 2018-19 - the same as the year before.

The higher education watchdog, the Office for Students (OFS), had attacked "unexplained" increases in top grades.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OFS, said the latest figures showed an end to successive increases in first class degrees every year since 2011

Over those years ...

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