Dear University of Exeter,

The request relates to students who enrolled in your single honours law course (name: Law LLB; course code: M103) in September/October 2017 and September/October 2018. I refer to these as the “relevant students”.

The Request:

1. A complete, anonymised list of all (I)GCSE grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year;

2. A complete, anonymised list of all A-level grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year;

3. A complete, anonymised list of all IB grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year;

4. A complete, anonymised list of all the scores for the LNAT multiple-choice section that were achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year.

Notes:

A. Please provide the data for 2017 and 2018 separately.
B. Please do not include data from other law-related courses (such as Law with a Language, Joint Honours Law, or Law with a Year Abroad) if these courses are available.
C. Please express your response in such a way that each row or bullet point represents a separate, anonymous student.
D. Please provide the data under the following sub-headings, in the following order:
List of (I)GCSE scores for 2017
List of (I)GCSE scores for 2018
List of IB Scores for 2017
List of IB Scores for 2018
List of A-level Scores for 2017
List of A-level Scores for 2018
List of LNAT Multiple Choice scores for 2017
List of LNAT Multiple Choice scores for 2018

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Razenstein

Data Protection & Freedom of Information, University of Exeter

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Dear Dominic,

 

Thank you for your request under the information Act of 2000. Your
reference number is FOI19-327

 

We will consider your request and respond in due course.

 

The data you provide to allow us to process your request is collected so
that you are able to exercise your lawful rights under the Freedom of
Information Act. Your personal data will be held by the Information
Governance Office and shared with relevant staff as necessary.

 

Once a request has been completed, the relevant data will be held by the
Information Governance Office for three years in line with ICO guidance,
this is to ensure the University has fully carried out its requirements
under the legislation.

 

For further information on how we process your personal data, please see:
[1]http://www.exeter.ac.uk/dataprotection/

 

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no later than twenty working days after the date of receipt of the
request. Should The University be required to undertake a public interest
test relating to the potential application of a qualified exemption we may
extend the time frame by up to twenty additional days. Please be aware
that our response time takes into account the workloads of the Information
Governance Office and relevant data owners and will therefore not always
correlate with the complexity of the request. Should The University seek
clarification any resulting time spent awaiting communication will not be
counted against that time limit.

 

Regards,

 

Information Governance Support

University of Exeter
[2]www.exeter.ac.uk
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Dear Dominic,   

 

Please find the University's response to your Freedom of Information
Request attached.

 

Kind regards,

Information Governance Support

University of Exeter
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/foi/summary/
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Dominic Razenstein

Dear University of Exeter,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Exeter's handling of my FOI request 'Data on law students who enrolled in 2017 and 2018'. A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d....

My request was refused on the basis that the information requested under questions 1-3 was exempt from disclosure under s.40(2)(a) FOIA 2000, on the basis that "due to low number of individuals who achieved each grade combination, it is not possible for [the university] to release the breakdowns [I requested] while anonymising the data."

I believe that the s.40 exemption does not apply, for the following reasons:

1. According to data provided by UCAS, In 2017, your university enrolled approx. 395 students in all of its law-related courses. In 2018, the university enrolled approx. 435 students in its law-related courses. It is statistically impossible that each of these students achieved a unique score in the three qualifications/exams I requested data on.

2. I did not request a 'package' of data for each student (i.e. both GCSE and A-level/IB data for that particular student). I only requested a list of grades achieved by all offer students who enrolled in the relevant courses. I never asked the university to 'link' GCSE and A-level grades and thus create a form of student profile.

To provide an example, the data would only allow me to find out that someone achieved 5A*s 5A at GCSE, and that someone had achieved 3As at A-level. However, it would never allow me to determine whether these 'someones' are the same person, or whether the aforementioned grades were in fact achieved by two different students.

3. The university made no effort to provide data for enrolled students who had only sat one of the qualifications in question. For example, an enrolled student may have sat GCSE exams without having also sat A-levels or the IB, or have sat the IB without having sat GCSEs. The latter is quite common for students who have been educated in a non-English-speaking country.

I look forward to hearing the outcome of this review.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Razenstein

Data Protection & Freedom of Information, University of Exeter

Dear Dominic,

Thank you for this request for an internal review. We appoint a reviewer shortly and will contact you again with the outcome of their review in due course.

Regards,

Rick Cockram
IG Records Officer
University of Exeter
www.exeter.ac.uk
Lafrowda House, St German's Road, EX4 6TL
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Dear Dominic, 

 

Please find the University's response to your Internal Review Request
attached.

 

Kind regards,

Information Governance Officer

University of Exeter
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/foi/summary/
Lafrowda House, St. German’s Road, Exeter, EX4 6TL

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