http://www.telegraph.co.uk/educatio...stood-up-against-dumbing-down-of-degrees.html Well done to Professor Buckland, who stood up for his values. He was entirely correct to fail students who, after two years of an Archaeology degree did not know whether the mesolithic age came before or after the neolithic age. One student blamed the decline of Elms on diseases spread by Dogs and another explained that the Pompeii volcanic eruption changed human evolution (I would love to see the reasoning behind those two!, although fungi attacking Elms can be spread by Dogs they are not the specific cause.). The more shocking thing is that De Montfort University 'upgraded' some papers in first and second year pharmacy students, lowering the pass mark by 26% after half failed the exams. This devalues the efforts of those who actually bothered to study. What is happening to standards of degrees in this country. When 77% of Dons feel they are coerced into awarding inflated test scores and two thirds feel that the increase in second and first class degrees was not a sign of improving standards then we have a serious problem.