Dear University of Manchester,

Under the terms of the freedom of information act I kindly request the following data from yourselves. This information is in regards to the 2017 and 2018 and 2019 admission cycle for the undergraduate Dentistry course.

I would like to request the following information:
1) A list of criteria that the interviewers looked at
during the interview to determine a candidates suitability?
2) How was the interview scored? Was it a score out of 10 by each station?
3) previous questions/tasks asked in the last cycle or example questions/tasks preferably as a list of questions.
4) I would also like any scoring or grading system used to assess interview performance and if a form or such is provided to interviewers to record performance is available I would also kindly request this.

I'd like all of this information if possible to be in a spreadsheet or word format if possible. Thank you very much. If you would also be so kind as to reply I would be grateful.

Yours faithfully,

Gurshaan Gill

MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

Dear Gurshaan,

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 received by The University of Manchester, our reference as per
the subject line.

 

The University will respond to your request within 20 working days.

 

With best regards

 

Lisa

 

Dr Lisa Crawley l  Information Officer  l Information Governance Office
l Directorate of Compliance and Risk l  Professional Support Services |
Room G7 Christie Building  l Compliance & Risk Management Office l  The
University of Manchester  l  Oxford Road  l  Manchester  l  M13 9PL  l 
Tel +44 (0)161 275 8400  

 

 

MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

1 Atodiad

Dear Gurshaan,

 

Thank you for your email requesting data relating to the Dentistry course
and please find our response below:

 

This information is in regards to the 2017 and 2018 and 2019 admission
cycle for the undergraduate Dentistry course.

 

I would like to request the following information:

1) A list of criteria that the interviewers looked at during the interview
to determine a candidates suitability?

 

Please refer to the link
[1]https://www.gdc-uk.org/information-stand.... It is the
qualities and skills required from a dental professional (“Standards for
the Dental Team”) that the interviews are designed to assess.

 

2) How was the interview scored? Was it a score out of 10 by each station?

 

The total score of each interview is 140 (20 each station x 7 stations).

 

3) previous questions/tasks asked in the last cycle or example
questions/tasks preferably as a list of questions.

4) I would also like any scoring or grading system used to assess
interview performance and if a form or such is provided to interviewers to
record performance is available I would also kindly request this.

 

Information relating to questions 3 and 4 is deemed to be exempt from
disclosure by virtue of the listed exemption at Section 43 (2) of the FOIA
– Commercial Interests. Under Section 1 (1) of the FOIA, The University of
Manchester confirms that the information requested is held however we are
refusing to provide it in response to your request for the reasons set out
below. 

 

Refusal Notice - Section 43 (2) – Commercial Interests

 

Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would,
or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person
(including the public authority holding it).

We are applying Section 43 (2) as a prejudice-based exemption.  We may
rely on this exemption if the disclosure would prejudice someone’s
commercial interests (including the University’s own).  Commercial
interests may be prejudiced where a disclosure would be likely to:

 

·         Damage its business reputation or the confidence that customers,
suppliers or investors may have in it

·         Have a detrimental impact on its commercial revenue or threaten
its ability to obtain supplies or secure finance

·         Weaken its position in a competitive environment by revealing
market sensitive information or information of potential usefulness to its
competitors

 

The University believes that in releasing the requested data we would be
providing those applicants who had access to this data a competitive
advantage which would in turn likely undermine our admissions process and
affect our ability to attract the best able students on to the course thus
prejudicing our commercial interests.

 

As Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption we are required to carry out a
public interest test to determine if the commercial interest is overridden
by the public interest from release of the information concerned.

 

Factors in Favour of Disclosure

There is public interest in disclosing previous questions and the scoring
system. To do so would ensure that members of the public would be
satisfied that the University of Manchester applies the highest academic
standards during its application process. In so doing, this would give the
public confidence in the dental professionals of the future. 

 

Factors Against Disclosure

As noted above, to release the previous questions and the scoring system
would afford those who had seen them a competitive advantage, potentially
allowing them to be advantaged to succeed in the University’s application
process. This in turn would be likely to undermine the University’s
applications process, which would weaken our position to attract the best
possible students and consequently prejudice our commercial interests. It
would also potentially compromise our implied duty to protect patients.

 

The University of Manchester has carefully considered the balance of
public interest in this instance and has concluded that for the reasons
outlined above, the balance lies in maintaining the exemption at this
time.

 

If you feel that The University of Manchester has refused access to
information to which you are entitled, or has not dealt with your request
appropriately under the FOIA, you have a right of appeal.

 

An appeal in the first instance should be directed to the Information
Governance Office at [2][email address]. You should include: 

 

·         details of your initial request

·         any other relevant information

 

You must make this appeal within 40 working days from receipt of your
response. We will not accept appeals received after this date, as per the
Freedom of Information Code of Practice, Section 5.3.

The University will deal with your appeal within a reasonable time, and
will inform you of the projected time scale on receipt of your complaint.
You are also welcome to contact the Information Governance Office with
informal questions about the handling of your request.

 

After The University’s internal appeals procedure has been exhausted, you
have a further right of appeal to the Information Commissioner’s
Office. Details of this procedure can be found at [3]www.ico.org.uk.

 

With best regards

 

Lisa

 

Dr Lisa Crawley l  Information Officer  l Information Governance Office
l Directorate of Compliance and Risk l  Professional Support Services |
Room G7 Christie Building  l Compliance & Risk Management Office l  The
University of Manchester  l  Oxford Road  l  Manchester  l  M13 9PL  l 
Tel +44 (0)161 275 8400  

[4]www.manchester.ac.uk

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you send your email.  For further guidance see:
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