Universities UK comment on degree classifications data

​​​Commenting on the number of Firsts and 2.1s awarded, Universities UK said:

"Degree classification is a matter for individual institutions and degrees are awarded based on assessment by academics, internal and external moderation and sector-wide frameworks to ensure that high standards are upheld.

"Every one of our universities is unique, with a different subject mix, student body, faculties and departments and of course different course curricula and content which makes comparison difficult, but this diversity is valued by students and staff and this is a strength of the UK sector.​

"The sector has changed significantly since 2010, with universities putting more emphasis on the quality of teaching and investing in learning support, alongside the fact that with higher fees students may be working harder to achieve higher grades."



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Steven Jefferies

Steven Jefferies

Head of Media
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Press and Social Media Officer
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Universities UK

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