Miss Zoe Allwood
21 September 2020
Dear Mr Gotamarjo,
Your request was received on 21 August 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’).
I would like to make a FOI request for the following statistics for MPhil in Biotechnology, MPhil
in Industrial Systems, Manufacture, and Management, and MPhil in Development Studies for
the years 2018 to 2020 (inclusive):
(1) The percentage and number of applicants who received an offer to study for the above
mentioned MPhil degrees, based on their undergraduate grade point average (GPA) or degree
class for successful applicants only;
(2) The undergraduate institution and the subject which was taken at undergraduate level.
This information is attached. Please note that qualifications are self-declared. We have not supplied
individual qualification grades to prevent the risk of any individual being identified. In presenting the
information in this way, the University is engaging the exemption at section 40(3A)(a) of the Act
because the release of the raw data 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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