How many applicants in English and how many offers and pooled 2020-2021
Dear Trinity College, Cambridge,
Please could you supply the number of applicants to study English, number of offers, numbers pooled and got accepted/rejected for year 2020 and 2021
Dear Yoz Khan,
I am the Freedom of Information Officer for Trinity College Cambridge, responding to your request of 26 January for information about applications to read English as undergraduates, entering the College in October 2020 and 2021.
Those hoping to arrive this coming October are being considered in the 'current round' of applications, and I am sorry to have to tell you that it has recently been decided, following the example and encouragement of the University, not to release any data, statistical or otherwise, about any aspect of application for undergraduate admission in October 2021, while the current round of assessment and decision-making is under way.
This covers overall data, or data for any individual subject, from enquiries, through applications, interviews and offers, to eventual outcomes. With consideration of examination results required, and arrangements for possible late offers, the 'current round' is not expected to end until August 2021.
The reason for this decision is that piecemeal disclosure of information part-way through the current round is thought likely (here we refer to section 36(2)(c) of the FoI Act), to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, namely the applications and admissions process for the Colleges of Cambridge University, which forms a fundamental part of their mission as educational institutions. Disclosure of detailed statistics within the current round is thought likely to prejudice the fairness and confidentiality of the admissions process, which is still ongoing and under which each applicant should have the same information and each application be treated by the same process. The public interest in our maintaining the exemption under section36(2)(c), so as to avoid this prejudice, is thought in all the circumstances to outweigh the public interest in disclosure.
We note that every year detailed information about the completed admissions cycle is published, supplementing information about previous cycles, at https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u... so is available equally to all potential applicants. This publication includes interactive provision of requested histograms about individual colleges and subjects, extensive tables of data, and a full report.
As to those who came up to Trinity last October 2020, information about them should be available along with other data via the link given above. However, I can tell you that there were 31 applicants that year to read English, of whom 11 were made offers and 9 were put into the inter-college pool. Ten students were eventually accepted.
Should you have any queries or complaints about this reply you may write to the Junior Bursar, Mr E Knapp at Trinity College, Cambridge. Any complaint should be in writing and should set out clearly the grounds for such complaint. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome, you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner.
Chris Morley, Secretary of the College Council
Trinity College Cambridge CB2 1TQ
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