Dear University College London,
Can you please provide the number of applications and offers from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) and University of Liverpool (UoL) for each of the graduate programmes at University College London during 2020-2021 & 2021-2022?
If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request please accept this
email as acknowledgement that your request has been received. You should
expect a response from us within 20 working days.
“You will appreciate that all information requests place some degree of
demand on a public authority’s resources in terms of costs and staff time
and that UCL may need to prioritise resources to other areas, or adapt its
usual approach to information compliance work, in order to meet the
unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the Coronavirus
Therefore, we need to advise you may experience delays in receiving
responses to information rights requests during the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For details on how we use your personal information, please see UCL's
Data Protection & FOI
Dear Xinyan Wang
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 31^st March 2022.
We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for information about the number of applications and offers from
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) and University of Liverpool
(UoL) for each of the UCL graduate programmes during 2020/21 and 2021/22.
We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information is provided in the attached
Please note: there are no records on our system for anyone with Xi’an
Jiaotong-Liverpool University as their previous Higher Education
As you will see within the attached spreadsheet, where the number of
applicants and offers is five or fewer, the information has been withheld
because, with such low numbers, even providing this information on an
anonymised basis, there is a risk the individuals may be identifiable,
which means that these are personal data of third parties or, if linked
with other personal identifiers in the public domain, would be likely to
become personal data. This information has been withheld under Section
40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) by virtue of Section
Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA where (i) the requested information is personal
data relating to someone other than the requester and (ii) its disclosure
would breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case, we
believe that the requested information could relate to and identify
individuals and therefore would be personal data. The disclosure of these
personal data, even on an anonymised basis, would not be within the
reasonable expectations of the individuals concerned and it would be
unfair to do so; this therefore breaches the first Data Protection
As the Section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test.
You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example by publishing or issuing copies to the public, will require the
permission of the copyright owner.
If you are unhappy with our response to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please email
[email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal
Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the
Vice-President (Operations), alternatively you should write to:
University College London
Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more
than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner at the address given below.
You should do this within two months of our final decision.
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this letter and including the request reference number.
Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email]
1. mailto:[email address]
3. mailto:[email address]
4. mailto:[email address]
5. mailto:[UCL request email]
We work to defend the right to FOI for everyone
Help us protect your right to hold public authorities to account. Donate and support our work.Donate Now