Gavin Williamson: universities must end grade inflation

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has told vice-chancellors the government expects a “deal” on academic standards and admissions in return for extending visas for international students.

Addressing the Universities UK annual conference in Birmingham, Williamson linked the restoration of the two-year post-study work visas for international students, announced earlier this week, with the government’s key concerns, including grade inflation and undergraduate admissions in England.

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