Thu 15 January 2015, MailOnline

Universities are awarding firsts to one in five students: 80,000 were handed out last summer amid claims colleges are inflating grades to boost their reputations

By Laura Clark
First-class degrees were traditionally reserved for exceptional students They are now being given to 20 per cent of those awarded a grade or pass 79,440 students got a first last summer, four times as many as 15 years ago Only eight per cent of students, 20,700, were awarded a first...
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