A200 Undergraduate Dental Surgery Admissions statistics

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Dear University of Leeds,
I am writing to you with regards to the admission statistics and selection process for the undergraduate Dentistry course (A200).
Please provide the following information for the 2016 and 2017 admission cycles:
1. Admission statistics for both Home/EU: 
* No. of applicants 
* No. of interviews 
* No. of offers made
* No. of offers accepted prior to July 1st
* No. of places available

2. What is the selection criteria and scoring system used for applicants invited for interview?
3. What is the admission criteria and scoring system used for applicants who were made offers?
4. How are personal statements used in the selection process?
5. How is work experience placement used in the selection process?
6. Please provide a spreadsheet of all applicants, who were offered a place, including their received and predicted grades, as well as their UKCAT score, and interview scores (if applicable).
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

B Kalsi

Tracey Crombie,

Dear B Kalsi

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. As such, you should expect to hear from the University in response by 13 October 2017, if, in the meantime, you have any queries about the request, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny Foggin ([email address]).

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 4078 (NB 8am-4pm)
Fax: 0113 343 3925

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Jenny Foggin,

Dear B Kalsi,

 

I have set out below information in response to the FoI request that you
submitted on 15 September.

 

I am not able to provide information about the detail of the admissions
process, in particular of the selection criteria and scoring system. If
placed in the public domain this information would compromise the
effectiveness and integrity of our admissions system, in particular by:
affording an unfair advantage to those applicants who saw it compared to
those who did not; reducing our ability to recruit the candidates who are
genuinely the very best fit for the course (as it would enable other
candidates to be coached to the criteria) and, as a consequence, reducing
our effectiveness in training the very best people to work in a career in
healthcare. The information is therefore exempt from release under Section
36 of the FoI Act. This provides for information to be withheld if its
release would compromise the effective conduct of public affairs, in this
case, the effective functioning of a recruitment system of the University.
I am required to consult the Vice-Chancellor about the application of this
exemption. He has, as he has on numerous occasions, set out for me his
clear view that the overwhelming public interest lies in protecting the
integrity of University admissions systems and that the information should
therefore not be released into the public domain.

 

Neither can I provide the individual records of applicants’ grade
predictions and attainment in response to question 6. This is their
personal data, exempt from release under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act and the University has a further duty to protect it under
Data Protection regulations and our own Code of Practice on Data
Protection. I am further concerned that this information was shared with
the University on a confidential basis and could also, therefore, be
subject to the exemption set out in Section 41 of the FoI Act that
protects information provided in confidence. I have provided an overview,
below, of the grades expected of applicants.

 

2016-17

1. Admission statistics for both Home/EU*: 

* No. of applicants [452]

* No. of interviews [265]

* No. of offers made [117]

* No. of offers accepted prior to July 1st [94]

* No. of places available [72]

 

2017-18

1. Admission statistics for both Home/EU: 

* No. of applicants [456]

* No. of interviews [318]

* No. of offers made [111]

* No. of offers accepted prior to July 1st [87]

* No. of places available [72]

 

*EU numbers are negligible

 

2. What is the selection criteria and scoring system used for applicants
invited for interview?

We are unable to provide this as set out above.  As a guide, we use the
advice given to applicants, which is freely available on our website at
[1]http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/1... personal
statement guide

 

3. What is the admission criteria and scoring system used for applicants
who were made offers?

All candidates are ranked after performance at interview, and the decided
number of offers are made.

 

4. How are personal statements used in the selection process?

Please see the guide above.

 

5. How is work experience placement used in the selection process?

This is explained in detail in the guide (link above)

 

6. Please provide a spreadsheet of all applicants, who were offered a
place, including their received and predicted grades, as well as their
UKCAT score, and interview scores (if applicable).

We are not able to provide this as above. UKCAT is not a measure used at
this University. All candidates who received offers were predicted AAA
(or equivalent). The only exception to this is those who applied through
Access to Leeds, whose predicted grades were ABB.  No other predicted
grades are considered.

I hope this is helpful in resolving your query. If you have any questions
about this email, however, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to or email directly Mr D Wardle, Deputy Secretary, The
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT ([email address]). You should
do so within three months of receiving the University’s response to your
request. Further information about how the University manages Freedom of
Information requests and about our complaints procedure is also available
on our website (www.leeds.ac.uk).

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the review/complaints procedure provided by the University.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Best wishes,

 

Jenny

 

Jenny Foggin

Senior Governance and Freedom of Information Officer

Legal Adviser’s Office

The University of Leeds

0113 3431155

 

 

 

This communication is intended solely for the addressee.  If you are not
the addressee please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in
reliance on it or any attachments.  Instead, please contact Tracey Crombie
on the above telephone number.

 

Any liability (in negligence or otherwise) arising from any third party
acting, or refraining from acting, on any information contained in this
email is excluded.

 

It is the responsibility of the receiver of this email to ensure that any
onward transmission or use of this email (including attachments) will not
adversely affect their systems or data contained on their systems. 
Receivers are advised to carry out virus checks.  The University of Leeds
accepts no responsibility with regard to the communication or other use of
this email.