New angle, old debate? 1

June 14, 2002

The assertion (Opinion, THES , June 7) that your tables of A-level scores achieved by students admitted to higher education show which are "the easiest and hardest British universities to get into" ignores factors such as ratios of applications to places available and the grades that institutions set as their entry requirements.

Without analysis of institutional "product mix" too, your tables risk providing no more than a slightly different angle on the A-level grade-inflation debate.

Martine Somerville
Academic registry
Leeds Metropolitan University

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