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Vicki Stott considers what matters when it comes to ‘no detriment’ policies and grade inflation

As we draw towards the close of a second academic year dominated by the unique challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, some will be tentatively optimistic that the worst is now past. Others—among them this year’s crop of graduates—may just be tired of the whole thing.

For UK higher education, the past 18 months have been a balancing act of how to support staff and students in the face of Covid while ensuring that learning outcomes are achieved and academic standards are maintained. Helping to achieve this balance has been at the heart of the Quality Assurance Agency’s recent work.

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