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Understanding degree algorithms 2020: sector survey


Universities UK (UUK), with the support of GuildHE and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), are working on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) to understand practices and methods used across UK higher education to classify degrees. It is part of the sector's commitment to ensure transparency, fairness and reliability in the way it awards degrees, as set out in the 2019 statement of intent on degree classification, and to take action where concerns have been raised.

We are asking providers with degree awarding powers to take part in an online survey on degree algorithms. We will use the responses to make an assessment of sector activity since the 2017 report, Understanding Degree Algorithms. It will also inform further engagement with the sector, commencing this spring, which will explore the effectiveness of these practices and areas for development. 


About the survey 


  • The survey is designed to collect institutional responses so we ask that you provide one response per institution, seeking feedback and information from relevant colleagues where appropriate.

  • A copy of the survey questions is available as a pdf to help you in gathering the relevant information to complete the questions. 

  • You also have the option to save your answers and return to the survey later, meaning you can complete the survey in stages and with colleagues.

  • The results of the survey will be used to inform a number of UK-wide workshops which will be advertised shortly and provide an opportunity to talk through your answers, and those of the sector, in more depth.

  • Complete the survey by visiting the survey by visiting the Jisc online surveys website

  • You have until 23:45 on Friday 21 February to complete the survey.


For colleagues currently undertaking internal reviews as they compile degree outcomes statements in England and Wales, we also hope that this survey will provide a useful resource for things you may wish to consider when assessing your institution's algorithm practices.

If you have any questions, please contact Universities UK on + 44 (0)20 7419 5612 or rowan.fisher@universitiesuk.ac.uk

For more information on the work of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, please refer to their website.

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