Dear University of Edinburgh,

I am writing to make a request for the following statistics for the previous five admission cycles:

1) Total number of applications
2) Total number of interviews
3) Total number of offers
4) UCAT threshold
5) If there was no threshold: the lowest UCAT score
6) Interview scoring sheet
7) Weighting of each component (such as UCAT, Personal Statement, and GSCE’s) in offering an interview

Yours faithfully,

Younus Rahman

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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MVM Undergraduate, University of Edinburgh

1 Atodiad

Dear Younus,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

The University of Edinburgh Medical School is renowned for preparing its
students to be world class doctors. The MBChB programme curriculum aims to
ensure that our graduates are caring, competent, confident and reflective
practitioners, and are able to function at the highest level in academic,
hospital or community settings. Further information about the MBChB
([1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medici...
) is published on the website.

 

Medicine Admissions Statistics for the past five cycles (2016-2020
inclusive):

 

Questions 1; 2 and 3:  You will find the total number of applications;
interviews and offers made for years 2016 and 2017 in the attached table. 
The figures for 2018-2020 inclusive can be found on our webpages here: 
[2]https://www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medici...
  It is worth mentioning that prior to 2020 we did not consider the entire
cohort for interview; only graduate applicants were shortlisted for
interview; which is reflected in the numbers provided.

 

Question 4: we do not have a UCAT threshold here; we accept all UCAT
scores and the same can be said in previous years for UKCAT/UCAT.  In 2020
we ceased to accept a band 4 in the Situational Judgement Section which is
our only exclusion to date.

 

Question 5:  you will find this information in the attached document for
2016 and 2017; for years 2018-2020 inclusive you will find this by
following the link to our webpages given above.

 

Question 6:  Although we hold the information you request, we are unable
to provide you with it because doing so would seriously compromise the
University’s ability to select between candidates. The Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 does not require us to provide this sort
of information as it is exempt under section 30(c).

 

In particular, disclosure would substantially prejudice the process of
recruitment to the programme by distorting applicants' behaviour and
undermining the selection process by making it much more difficult for
interviewers to measure an interviewee’s aptitude for medical training and
their ability. This exemption is subject to the public interest test. The
University acknowledges the public interest in openness and transparency
particularly when disclosure will allow individuals to understand
admissions decision making processes. However, there is also strong public
interest in maintaining the integrity of the University’s selection
procedures to ensure that public money is invested in those candidates
with the potential to make the most successful use of the training and to
deliver healthcare of the highest quality thereafter. Therefore, in this
case, the University considers the public interest in withholding this
information outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

Question 7:

For the years 2016-2019 inclusive the weightings for graduate applicants
prior to being shortlisted for interview were as follows:

·         35% academics; 20% UKCAT/UCAT score; 15% Situational Judgement
Section of the UKCAT/UCAT test (interview was then worth the final 30% of
their overall score)

 

For the year 2020 the weightings for all applicants were as follows prior
to shortlisting for interview:

·         25% academics; 17.5% UCAT total score; 7.5% Situational Judgment
Section (interview was then worth the final 50% of their overall score)

 

 

Technical exemption

Please note where the information is available to you through the
University website and we have provided you with links to this above, it
is technically exempt from the University’s obligation to answer requests
for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The
information is exempt under section 25(1) of this Act, because it is
available to you by another route. This exemption is a technical matter
only and does not affect your ability to obtain the information on-line.
If you do not have access to the Internet or would prefer to receive
information in hard copy please let me know and I will arrange for
printouts from the appropriate web pages to be sent to you.

 

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If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask the University to
conduct a review of this decision by contacting  the University's Records
Management Section ([3]www.ed.ac.uk/records-

management/about/contact) in writing (e.g. by letter or email) or in some
other recorded form (e.g. audio or video tape).  You should describe the
original request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an
address for correspondence.  You have 40 working days from receipt of this
letter to submit a review request.  When the review process has been
completed, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
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Internet, please let me know and I will provide a copy of the relevant web
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), which describes how we use the information you have supplied about
yourself and your request, is published on the University website.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Lynn Cooper

Undergraduate Admissions Manager

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, with Biomedical Sciences,
Medical Sciences & Oral Health Science

University of Edinburgh

 

The Chancellor's Building

Edinburgh BioQuarter

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Dear MVM Undergraduate,

Thank you for your detailed response. However, I do have three areas that I would like to clarify / request:

1) The link you had sent for the statistics between 2018 to 2020 does not work (it says that there is no such page) - please could you correct the link you had sent?

2) In regards for the statistics for 2020, is this for the cohort that will be joining in September 2021 or the cohort that had joined in September 2020? If the answer is the second option, will it be possible to obtain the statistics for the cohort joining in September 2021?

3) As you had stated that only graduate applicants had been shortlisted for interviews before 2020; how were school-leaver applicants assessed in order to obtain an offer? I am assuming that you would have solely assessed their academics, UCAT, and SJT; and if this is the case, would the weightings have been altered?

Yours sincerely,

Younus

MVM Undergraduate, University of Edinburgh

Thank you for your email. 

 

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Admissions staff are now working remotely.
Please be assured that we have everything in place to process applications
and manage email enquiries as usual.

 

For up-to-date information about the University of Edinburgh’s
arrangements for applicants, please visit our website: 
[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19/prosp...

 

 

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an
Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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MVM Undergraduate, University of Edinburgh

1 Atodiad

Dear Younus

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Medicine Admissions Statistics for the past five cycles (2016-2020
inclusive)

 

 

We will address your further questions in order as follows:

 

1.       The link for the 2018-2019 statistics is provided again here: 
[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/m...
And for 2020 it is here: 
[2]https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/m...
with the overarching webpage here: 
[3]https://www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medici...

 

2.       The 2020 MBChB Statistics relate to the cohort who began their
studies with us in 2020.    The University holds the information you
requested for the current admissions cycle (2021). However, I cannot
supply you with it at present. This is because its disclosure would be
likely to prejudice substantially the University’s commercial interests.
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 does not require us to
provide this sort of information as it is exempt under section 33(1)(b).

This exemption is subject to the public interest test. The University
acknowledges the public interest in openness and transparency,
particularly in relation to its admissions processes. However, the
University operates in a competitive environment and the public interest
is also served by enabling higher education institutions to withhold
information that could damage their ability to compete fairly with one
another. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) cycle was
not complete on the date of your request and applicants had yet to reply
to offers made by the University. If the University disclosed now this
level of detailed admissions data, it could be used by other institutions
to alter their recruitment behaviour in ways that would influence the
outcome of the current admissions cycle. Therefore, in this case, the
University considers the public interest in withholding this information
outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

We will be able to supply you with the data you request for 2021 entry in
early-mid October 2021 when the statistics will be published on our
webpages; the main link to which is provided above.

 

3.       Prior to 2020 school leavers were purely assessed on their
academics; personal statement/academic reference; UKCAT/UCAT total score
and SJT banding.  The weightings were are follows: Academics = 50%;
Personal statement/academic reference = 15%; UKCAT/UCAT = 20%; SJT banding
= 15%.

 

Technical exemption

Please note that as this information is available to you through the
University website, it is technically exempt from the University’s
obligation to answer requests for information under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The information is exempt under section
25(1) of this Act, because it is available to you by another route. This
exemption is a technical matter only and does not affect your ability to
obtain the information on-line. If you do not have access to the Internet
or would prefer to receive information in hard copy please let me know and
I will arrange for printouts from the appropriate web pages to be sent to
you.

 

Right to review

If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask the University to
conduct a review of this decision by contacting  the University's Records
Management Section (www.ed.ac.uk/records-

management/about/contact) in writing (e.g. by letter or email) or in some
other recorded form (e.g. audio or video tape).  You should describe the
original request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an
address for correspondence.  You have 40 working days from receipt of this
letter to submit a review request.  When the review process has been
completed, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
Information Commissioner’s guidance on making an appeal
(http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...)
to make an appeal to the Commissioner.  If you do not have access to the
Internet, please let me know and I will provide a copy of the relevant web
pages.

 

Privacy notice for information request applicants

The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice
(https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management/...),
which describes how we use the information you have supplied about
yourself and your request, is published on the University website.

 

Kind regards

 

Debbie

 

Debbie Clark

Admissions Officer

MBChB, Medical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Oral Health Sciences
Admissions

Room SU.219

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

The University of Edinburgh

The Chancellor’s Building

Edinburgh BioQuarter

49 Little France Crescent

EDINBURGH

EH16 4SB

 

 

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