Universities ‘fail on standards’

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Universities in England are failing to safeguard degree standards, according to a damning report from MPs.

The current system for ensuring quality is “out of date” and should be replaced,” the Commons universities select committee concluded.

“Inconsistency in standards is rife,” said committee chairman, Phil Willis.

Universities UK attacked the report as “ill-thought through” and rejected the accusation that university leaders were “defensive and complacent”.

The hard-hitting report calls for urgent action to improve how universities safeguard the quality of degrees.

It describes as “absurd and disreputable” the claim that the growing demand for courses, including from overseas students, is proof that university standards are being maintained.

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