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Medicine admissions information (2019-2022)

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James Stratford

Dear Cardiff University,

I would like to request the following with regards to A100 medicine applications:

1. In the admission cycles from 2019-2021, how many applicants applied to the medical school ?

2. In the admission cycles 2019-2021, how many applicants received interviews from the medical school ?

3. In the admission cycles 2019-2021, how many applicants received offers from the medical school?

4. How many places were available for students on the A100 course in the years 2019-2021 ?

5. How many places will there be available for students who will be applying for the A100 course in the 2022 admissions cycle ?

6. How many students will start in 2022 after having deferred entries from the 2021 cycle ?

Yours faithfully,

James Stratford

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear James Stratford

I acknowledge receipt of your email received by this office on 10 August 2021.

Your request will now be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and has been allocated reference FOI21-310 which should be quoted in all correspondence. We will respond to your request within 20 working days starting the next working day after receipt, therefore you can expect to receive a response no later than 8 September 2021.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and, if that is the case, we will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.
Yours sincerely

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol
Prifysgol Caerdydd
Ebost : [email address]

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University Secretary's Office
Cardiff University
Email: [email address]

The University welcomes correspondence in Welsh or English. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to any delay.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear James,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 15
August 2021.

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.

I would like to request the following with regards to A100 medicine
applications:

 

1. In the admission cycles from 2019-2021, how many applicants applied to
the medical school?

         

2. In the admission cycles 2019-2021, how many applicants received
interviews from the medical school?

 

3. In the admission cycles 2019-2021, how many applicants received offers
from the medical school?

 

4. How many places were available for students on the A100 course in the
years 2019-2021?

 

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  |2019 cycle |2020 cycle |
|-------------------------------------+------------------+---------------|
|No of applications * |2482 |2736 |
|-------------------------------------+------------------+---------------|
|Received interviews * |1344 |1312 |
|-------------------------------------+------------------+---------------|
|Received offers * |640 |690 |
|-------------------------------------+------------------+---------------|
|Places available** |309 |309 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

* UCAS applicants for the year’s cycle. Does not include deferred entry
from previous year’s cycle.

** The number of places available were across all the Medicine
undergraduate programmes. There is no set figure for individual
programmes.

 

2021 cycle

The admissions cycle for 2021 entry is still in progress. The University
is unable to release information on the current cycle of applications in
light of Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act. The University
operates in a competitive environment for students and feels that
releasing such information at this stage may impact on its ability to
attract students. 

    

The University holds some information regarding 2021 entry however we
consider this information exempt from disclosure under S43(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act entitled “Commercial Interests”. In particular,
section 43(2) states that information is exempt if its disclosure under
this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests
of any person (including the public authority holding it).

 

The recruitment of both Home and International students is a very
competitive environment where UK universities face competition not just
from each other but also from other institutions around the world.
Students are highly mobile and have wide choices over where they may
decide to study.

 

The release of information on applications and offers for the current
admissions period into the public domain would be highly likely to
prejudice the University’s commercial interests, by allowing competitor
institutions to undermine the University’s recruitment activity by
responding with different approaches to offer making, particularly in the
run up and during the confirmation and clearing period. We further
consider that releasing this information would be likely to influence
admissions practices of individual applicants, and this would be likely to
impact on recruitment offers and outcomes and potentially disrupt the
admissions processes across the sector and undermine the principles of
competition law.

 

Disclosure of this information would reveal details of the outcome of the
University’s recruitment activities and strategy and to release this
information into the public domain would enable our competitors to benefit
by adapting their offer making strategies and altering their behaviour in
the run up and during confirmation and clearing; as well as benefitting by
copying our strategy or programmes. In so doing this will affect the
University’s ability to distinguish itself from its competitors in a
highly competitive market.

 

Any loss of market share and reduction in enrolled student numbers would
have a significant impact on the University’s student fee income and would
further impact the University’s long term financial sustainability. As
public funding sources for higher education have declined, student fee
income has become an increasingly important source of income and is a key
factor in ensuring the University’s long term financial sustainability.
The ability for the universities in general, and Cardiff University in
particular as a major research intensive university in Wales, to compete
effectively in a global market is an important strategic objective as set
out by the Welsh Government in 'For Our Future: the higher education
strategy plan for Wales' and in the Welsh Government Policy Statement on
Higher Education which is available at:
[1]http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publicat....
It is also important that Cardiff University is able to continue competing
on an equal footing with similar large, research intensive institutions in
the UK and overseas.

 

Based on the above it is considered that the commercial interest of the
University would be likely to be prejudiced by release and as such the
Section 43(2) exemption is engaged.

 

In applying the Section 43 exemption the University has taken account of
the public interest as required by the Act. The University has reviewed
the arguments in favour of disclosing the information (openness and
transparency in public life) and found them to be outweighed by the
greater general public interest in protection of the University's
competitive edge and market positioning.

 

The University must consider the public interest test when applying this
exemption and this is considered below.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors in Favour of Disclosure

It is in the public interest to release information that provides a
greater public understanding of the way the University operates and its
provisions for future delivery of its services.

 

Factors in Favour of Non-disclosure

It is not in the public interest to release information that would be
likely to damage the commercial interests of the University by undermining
its ability to compete in the marketplace.

 

It is not in the public interest to release information that would reduce
the efficiency and effectiveness of the University by having the effect of
damaging the ability of the University to pursue its recruitment
strategies on an equal footing to other public and privately funded
education institutions.

 

On balance it is considered that it would not be in the public interest to
release this information and therefore the information will not be
released at this time.

 

5. How many places will there be available for students who will be
applying for the A100 course in the 2022 admissions cycle ?

 

We plan to have a total of 309 places over our 3 courses (A100, A101 and
A102).

 

 

6. How many students will start in 2022 after having deferred entries from
the 2021 cycle ?

Applicants from the 2020 cycle may request a deferral up until the start
date of their programme in 2021 and, therefore, this information will not
be available until late October 2021.

 

 

I trust this information satisfies your enquiry. Should you feel
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If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint, you
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for
consideration. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at the
following address: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol University Secretary’s Office

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University

Ebost : [3][email address] Email: [4][email address] 
 
 
 
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unrhwy oedi.

 

 

 

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywJames Stratford mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.