Education secretary Damian Hinds to take tough measures on institutions found guilty of artificial grade inflation

British universities must slash the number of top degrees they award or risk undermining their world-class reputation, the education secretary has warned.

Damian Hinds said there had been a steep and unjustifiable rise in the awarding of first-class degrees, urging universities to “reset the norm” by handing out a higher proportion of 2:1s. Offending universities could face fines, or even be prevented from awarding degrees at all.

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