he proportion of top degree grades being awarded by UK universities has soared - with some universities giving first-class degrees to more than a third of their students.
The University of Surrey awarded a first-class degree to 41% of students last year, more than doubling the proportion five years ago.
And firsts awarded at the University of East Anglia have almost trebled to 37%.
Among the prestigious Russell Group of universities more than a quarter of students received a first-class degree.
The Press Association survey, analysing figures for 2015-16 from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), indicates it is now more common to graduate with a first-class degree than a lower second (2:2) grade - with 24% getting a first last year, compared with 21% getting a lower second. The most widely awarded degree was an upper second (2:1), received by about 51%.
调查显示，从高等教育统计机构(HESA)发布的2015 - 16年的数据显示，现在获得一等学位的毕业生比获得二等学位的更多，去年有24%的人获得了一等学位，而21%的人获得了二等学位。一般二等及以上的学位比较得到广泛的认可，大约占总人数的51%。
1994: 7% of graduates awarded first-class degrees