Date: 5 April 2015
Dear London School of Economics,
I am making an enquiry into the admissions statistics of three undergraduate courses for September 2015 entry. They are BSc in Economics (L101), BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (L140) and LLB in Laws (M100).
In the following context 'Home/EU' refers to applicants whose tuition fee status is classified as Home/EU, and 'Overseas' to applicants whose tuition fee status is classified as Overseas.
On each of these three courses,
1/ what is the registration target for Home/EU and Overseas applicants respectively?
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Registration Target for L101
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Registration Target for L140
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Registration Target for M100
2/ how many applications were received from Home/EU and Overseas applicants respectively?
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Number of Applications for L101
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Number of Applications for L140
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Number of Applications for M100
3/ how many offers were made to Home/EU and Overseas applicants respectively?
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Number of Offers for L101
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Number of Offers for L140
- 'Home/EU' AND 'Overseas' Number of Offers for M100
Should there still be applications for one of these courses on which a final decision has not been made, I will be pleased to wait until the relevant statistics become available, but will be appreciative of any information regarding the other course(s) that is readily available as of the day this request is processed. If, however, all three courses have applications pending, I will also be pleased to wait until all the relevant statistics become available.
Thank you for your help.
With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, I am writing to inform you that your request has been refused.
While it is the School’s policy to respond as fully as possible to requests for information, it is not always able to do so. All refusals must be justified by reference to an exemption from the obligation to disclose the information specified in the FoI legislation. In this instance, the exemption under Section 43(2) has been applied to the target information you have requested. The School considers student recruitment targets are commercially sensitive as knowing where the School is planning to raise or lower student numbers could be used by our competitors in the HEI sector to target the students we want to recruit. Due to the fees making up the majority of the School's income, an inability to recruit the students we want could damage the School's commercial interests. This exemption is subject to the public interest test. In applying the test the School believes that as the application and offer data will be provided via the UCAS website once processed providing an indication of what the targets were, the public interest lies in exempting the information.
As stated above, the application and offer data will be made available via the UCAS website once the applications have been processed later this year. The School does not hold this information at this point in time.
However, should you wish to appeal the decision, put your appeal in writing to Kevin Haynes, Head of Legal Team, Governance, Legal and Policy Division, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/, though they expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint directly
London School of Economics and Political Science
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