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Growth in top grades slows at universities

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Smallest rise in first-class degrees seen since 2010-11 academic year

Annual growth in grade inflation almost levelled off in 2018-19, but the Office for Students has warned it remains “a significant and pressing issue”.

Data published by the English regulator on 19 November revealed that 29.5 per cent of students were awarded a first-class degree in 2018-19, a slight increase on the 29.3 per cent in 2017-18 and almost double the 15.7 per cent seen in 2010-11.

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