Dear Goldsmiths, University of London,
Under the request of information act
I would like to request the following admission statistics:
1. List of all postgraduate taught courses for 2018/2019
2. Number of applicants
3. Number of offers
4. Number of enrolled

Thanks a lot.
Yours faithfully,

Zhongbowen Cui

Goldsmiths Information Access, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dear Zhongbowen Cui,

We are writing to formally acknowledge your Freedom of Information (FOI) request received on 11th March 2019.

We will respond promptly but in any event by 8th April 2019 this being 20 working days following the receipt of your request and is in accordance with the time limit set out in the FOI Act.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross,
London, SE14 6AF

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Goldsmiths Information Access, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Dear Zhongbowen Cui,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request received on 11 March 2019.

You asked for:

I would like to request the following admission statistics:

1. List of all postgraduate taught courses for 2018/2019
2. Number of applicants
3. Number of offers
4. Number of enrolled

Our Response:

1. List of all postgraduate taught courses for 2018/2019

Please see attached Appendix A

2. Number of applicants
3. Number of offers

Regarding questions 2 &3, I need to inform you that Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act exempts information whose disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity).

In this case Section 43(2) of the Act relates to the following,

 the commercial activity is student recruitment in a competitive environment;
 the applicable interests are the commercial interests of Goldsmiths, University of London and its ability to participate competitively;
 the prejudice that the University envisages as a result of disclosure is that it would weaken its position in a competitive environment by revealing information of potential usefulness to its competitors and consequently have a detrimental impact on its level of revenue. The University considers that disclosure of the requested information would provide a competitor with the insight required to undermine its student recruitment strategy.
 the University contends that there is a real and significant risk of such prejudice occurring in that there is vibrant competitive pressure to sustain and grow tuition fee income across the sector.

This is a qualified exemption under the FOI Act which means that consideration must also be given to whether in all the circumstances of the case the public interest favouring disclosure is greater than the public interest in maintaining the exemption. The public interest means what is in the best interests of the public not what is of interest to the public.

Public interest test considerations:

We have considered whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. There are a number of public interest arguments that weigh in favour of disclosing the information you have sought:

• The general proposition of maximising openness that the FOIA and the University aspire to;
However, there are also public interest arguments against disclosure:

• Releasing the requested information could prejudice the realisation of the University’s current or future student recruitment strategy.
The University concludes that the disclosure of commercially sensitive information would be likely to have the effect of weakening its position in a vibrant, competitive environment. Therefore, the public interest in withholding the requested information outweighs the public interest in disclosure of the requested information.

Consequently, I need to inform you that items 2 & 3 request is refused as Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act exempts information whose disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity).

4. Number of enrolled

In 2017-18, there were 2,350 Postgraduate Taught Students enrolled. 2018-19 numbers will be published in Spring 2020, following submission to HESA.

I hope this information satisfies your Freedom of Information request. However, if you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask for it to be reviewed by either contacting us by email: [email address] or by writing to:

Information Governance Manager
Room M1, DTH Building
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6AF

Please describe the original request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an address for correspondence.

If you are still not satisfied following the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be contacted at the following address.

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,
Information Governance
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross,
London, SE14 6AF
www.gold.ac.uk

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