‘Entrenched’ grade inflation in danger of making degrees worthless, education secretary warns

The reputation of British universities risks being undermined if the tendency of undergraduates’ marks to drift upwards every year is not clamped down upon, Gavin Williamson told the Universities UK conference in Birmingham. The Independent reports.

Speaking to vice-chancellors, Mr Williamson also called on universities to stop making unconditional offers with strings attached, warning institutions to “get their house in order”.

Thirty-eight per cent of 18-year-old applicants from England, Northern Ireland and Wales received an offer with an unconditional element in 2019, compared to 34 per cent in 2018 and 1 per cent in 2013.

The new education secretary will be writing to the Office for Students, the higher education regulator, on Monday to set out his priorities for the university sector – including grade inflation and unconditional offers.

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