Miss Zoe Allwood
9 July 2020
Dear Zhang Hua,
Your request was received on 19 June 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’).
Application numbers for students on all MPhil programmes in the Department of Archaeology,
from 2015 to 2020 entry inclusive, indicating the number of applicants, the number of places
given, and the number of acceptances.
Please could this be broken down by nation (international, EU or UK), gender, and previous
institution and degree, as well as its classification.
This information is attached (2020/2021 data is incomplete as the cycle is ongoing). The University has
not supplied the classification/grade of each applicant because, coupled with the other information, it
believes that individuals could be identified as a result. In presenting the information in this way, the
University is engaging the exemption at section 40(3A)(a) of the Act because release in the precise
format requested would breach the first data protection principle (the fair, lawful and transparent
processing of personal data) as set out in the General Data Protection Regulation. This part of section
40 confers absolute exemption under the Act.
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