"Unrealistic" to compare degrees

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A sharp rise in the number of people admitted to university makes it impossible to compare degrees awarded by different institutions in different subjects, according to a report by the HEPI.
The report said that it was “unrealistic” to compare the standard of firsts, 2:1s and 2:2s between institutions, since courses at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge require “greater intensity of study”.
It concluded that the university sector “should press on” with finding alternatives.
However Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said, “We know our 2:1 is of a national standard.”
The Press Office at Oxford University refused to comment on the difference between degrees at Oxford University and other institutions.

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