Press coverage

Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

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Digital Healthcare Show, 27 June 2018

The Digital Healthcare Show published a publication ahead of its conference. As one of the speakers at the conference, Eleonora Harwich was introduced in its pages and the conclusions of Reform‘s reportThinking on its own: AI in the NHS were also explored on page 3. See the full publication here.

The Sunday Times, 24 June 2018

In an article in The Sunday Times on NHS spending, the author referenced Reform‘s report on devolved public-services commissioning.

“The think tank Reform argues for the Greater Manchester model of devolving NHS commissioning to local level to be adopted widely. It argues that 95% of NHS England’s budget could be devolved”

Read the full article here.

Love Sport Radio, 22 June 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on Love Sport Radio following the publication of Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.

He argued that not only is grade inflation visible across most of Higher Education, the rate of grade inflation is accelerating. A large number of universities have at least doubled, if not tripled or quadrupled, their proportion of ‘Firsts’ in recent years, which shows that the current systems in place to protect quality and standards are not working well enough. A new approach is needed if the degree grades given to students at the end of their course are to remain meaningful to them and to employers.

BBC Three Counties Radio, 21 June 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Three Counties Radio to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.

He argued that rising grade inflation is a concern and is a pattern across the sector. The current landscape for universities is competitive, and lowering standards to get better degree grades may be a way to attract students to their institution. It’s important for universities to be independent from government but he argues that professional bodies should play a larger role in determining degree grades. 

Office for Students: response to Reform report

The Office for Students made an official response to Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of the Office for Students, said:

‘It is important that degrees hold their value over time, and if there is artificial grade inflation this is not in the interests of students, employers or the higher education sector. The report by Reform is a useful contribution to the debate, and there is other work currently under way by the OfS and other partners to assess the complex issues involved, so that we can fully understand and tackle this in the right way.’ 

Find out more here.

Report coverage: report on grade inflation in universities

On 21 June 2018, Reform published a report on grade inflation in universities,  A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities. Media coverage included The IndependentThe TelegraphBBC NewsThe Times, a second longer op-ed in The TimesDaily MailTimes Higher EducationEducation InvestorForbes, Department for Education, The Scotsman, Spiked and an article on grade inflation and international examples in Times Higher Education.

Global coverage included news in ChinaEducation News and Study International. 

Talk Radio, 21 June 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on Talk Radio to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, A degree of uncertainty: an investigation into grade inflation in universities.

He argued that some employers are concerned about degree grades, some giving up on them as an indication of a student’s ability. The figures speak for itself: in the 1990s, 7 per cent of students were awarded a First; in 2017, the number has quadrupled to 26 per cent. There was a similar issue of grade inflation in schools which has now been squashed. This was due to the outside involvement of the then Secretary of State and Ofqual.