George Mounokoliavitz

Dear Liverpool John Moores University,

Please provide the following admissions data in relation to the law-related courses that were offered by your university in UCAS Clearing 2018 (i.e. any courses with course code M1xx):

1. The total number of candidates who applied for one of these courses through Clearing;
2. The number of candidates whose applications through Clearing were accepted.

For the candidates whose applications were accepted through Clearing:

3. The number of candidates who achieved AAA or above at A-level;
4. The number of candidates who achieved AAB;
5. The number of candidates who achieved ABB;
6. The number of candidates who achieved BBB;
7. The number of candidates who achieved BBC;
8. The number of candidates who achieved BCC;
9. The number of candidates who achieved CCC;
10. The number of candidates who achieved CCD;
11. The number of candidates who achieved CDD;
12. The number of candidates who achieved DDD or below.

If no candidate achieved one of the grades, please insert ‘0’ or ‘N/A’ as a response. Please exclude data related to UCAS Adjustment from your response.

Yours faithfully,

George Mounokoliavitz

Horsfield, Simon, Liverpool John Moores University

Dear George

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The University will respond within the regulatory framework of 20 working days by 19th August 2019.
Please email [Liverpool John Moores University request email] should you have any queries in the meantime.

Kind regards

Simon Horsfield LLB
Information Officer
Legal and Governance Services
Exchange Station Tithebarn St, Liverpool, L2 2QP
e: [email address]

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Horsfield, Simon, Liverpool John Moores University

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Dear Mr Mounokoliavitz

Pease find attached our response to your request.

Kind Regards

Simon

Simon Horsfield LLB
Information Officer
Legal and Governance Services
Exchange Station Tithebarn St, Liverpool, L2 2QP

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George Mounokoliavitz

Dear Liverpool John Moores University,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Liverpool John Moores University's handling of my FOI request 'Law Admissions - Clearing 2018'. A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l....

Questions 3-12 of my request - which asked for a breakdown of the A-level grades of offerholders - were refused under s.43 FOIA 2000, on the basis that the information would prejudice the university's commercial interests. I believe that the s.43 test has been invoked in error, for the following reasons:

1) Information on the minimum grades requested of law Clearing applicants by your university can be accessed through your university website (https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses/und...), and through the discussions of anonymous users on public fora such as The Student Room. More specifically, your LLB website states that the minimum requirements for law courses in Clearing are 96 UCAS points. If the minimum required grade is known, chances are that a rival institution will be able to know approximately how high or low Clearing offerholders' grades are. Hence, no commercially sensitive information that is not already available will be released by my request.

2) A breakdown of the UCAS tariff points achieved by law students at your university can be accessed here: https://unistats.ac.uk/subjects/entry/10.... It is unclear as to how publishing the data for Clearing alone would prejudice the university's interests, when this data already forms part of the data published on the Unistats website.

3) The university mentions that its admissions process is holistic - which is possibly why the university asks Clearing applicants to call a Clearing hotline to discuss their application further. This suggests that the university's method of selecting applicants is not one that is based solely on grades, but one based on other factors as well. Hence, no 'insider knowledge' as to the university's offers will be released, as these university offers are being made on the basis of information/criteria/qualifications about which I am not enquiring. For example, I have not requested Access to HE grades, or BTEC grades, or information about Clearing offerholders' socioeconomic background, or information about what sort of issues are typically raised during one of these hotline phone calls. A rival institution seeking to understand the profile of your university's Clearing offerholders would be doing so on the basis of incomplete information.

I look forward to hearing the outcome of this internal review.

Yours faithfully,

George Mounokoliavitz

Byers, Peter, Liverpool John Moores University

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Dear Mr Mounokoliavitz

 

I am writing in response to your request below for an Internal Review of
the University’s decision on FOI 19/150.

 

The internal Review has the reference number FOI 19/181, and is attached
to this e-mail.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Peter Byers

 

 

 

 

[1]Liverpool John Moores Professor Peter Byers BSc(Hons), PhD, MBA HEM,
University MRSC CChem
Pro Vice Chancellor (Education)
Vice-Chancellor's Office
Egerton Court, 2 Rodney Street, Liverpool, L1 2UA
t: +44 (0)151 231 3506 e: [2][email address]
m: 07929 999023

Skype:  PVCEducationLJMU

 

 

 

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