Staffs University responds to grade inflation controversy

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Staffordshire University has responded to criticism this week, over the rising grade inflation row.

The Office for Students (OfS) has revealed that the number of students receiving first-class degrees in England, has increased by 80% since 2010-11.

Susan Lapworth, director of competition for the Office for Students said: “Worries about grade inflation threaten to devalue a university education in the eyes of employers.”

Analysis by the (OfS) found that a lot of the increase could not be explained.

Staffordshire University have been implicated, as they saw a rise in first-class degree results of 14% to 34%.

A spokesperson from Staffordshire University said: “What is most disappointing about the media’s reporting of grade inflation over the past week, is that it takes away from the phenomenal achievements that our students have made.”

Keele University also saw a significant rise, with the proportion of first-class results going from 16.6% to 27.8%.  

Figures have shown that in England, 40,000 more students graduated with firsts last summer, than those of seven years previous.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has cautioned against “unfair practices.”

He has previously said that universities “should be accountable for maintaining the value of the degrees they award.”

The Staffordshire University spokesperson added: “There is a rigorous marking assessment involving external examiners and awards boards.

“So we are highly confident in our students’ ability and the grades they achieve. We see their potential and their potential is what makes Staffordshire University great.

“For that, we make no apology.”

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