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Enigmatic variations: honours degree assessment regulations in the UK

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  • Mantz Yorke
  • Harvey Woolf
  • Marie Stowell
  • Rick Allen
  • Chris Haines
  • Marian Redding
  • Dave Scurry
  • Graham Taylor-Russell
  • Wayne Turnbull
  • Lawrie Walker
Journal publication date2008
JournalHigher Education Quarterly
Number of pages24
Original languageEnglish


The debate in the UK about the continued existence of the honours degree classification led to a survey of the assessment regulations in 35 varied higher education institutions. This revealed considerable variation in the way in which honours degree classifications are determined, and also in the handling of weak performances by students. Such variability, deriving from a system in which institutional autonomy is to the fore, raises a question about equitability in the treatment of students. A brief allusion is made to the variability in assessment regulations in the US and Australia.