Use of contextual offer grades in law admissions - 2015 to 2019

John Dimitroulopoulos made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Reading

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

John Dimitroulopoulos

Dear University of Reading,

Please provide the following data in relation to all of your undergraduate law courses (i.e. any course with course code M1**) for the following admissions cycles:

2015/16
2016/17
2017/18
2018/19

1. Whether the university currently operates a ‘contextual offers’ policy where law applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are, subject to meeting certain criteria, eligible to be made a lower grade offer than applicants who do not meet such criteria;

2. If such a policy is in place, the A-level or IB grades that typically make up this lower ‘contextual offer’ (for example, AAA instead of A*AA);

3. The number of ‘contextual offers’ made to applicants to all law-related courses throughout these four admissions cycles (for example, 4 in 2015/16, 2 in 2016/17, etc).

Yours faithfully,

John Dimitroulopoulos

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Dimitroulopoulos,
This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.
We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 19/07/2019.
In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, quoting the reference number IMPS#02528, so that we can track your input and respond promptly.
Yours sincerely,
Sinead Latham
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Dimitroulopoulos, 

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request. Our responses are given below each limb of your
request below.

 

********************** FOI RESPONSE ****************************

Please provide the following data in relation to all of your undergraduate
law courses (i.e. any course with course code M1**) for the following
admissions cycles:

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

1. Whether the university currently operates a ‘contextual offers’ policy
where law applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are, subject to
meeting certain criteria, eligible to be made a lower grade offer than
applicants who do not meet such criteria;

The University is making contextual offers to applicants for 2019 entry
onwards who meet at least one of the following criteria:

o Live in an area with low participation in Higher Education (defined as
POLAR quintiles 1 and 2);
o Live in an area with high levels of deprivation (defined as IMD
quintiles 1 and 2);
o Have declared a disability on their UCAS form;
o Have participated in our Reading Scholars programme.

2. If such a policy is in place, the A-level or IB grades that typically
make up this lower ‘contextual offer’ (for example, AAA instead of A*AA);

Depending on the applicant’s predicted grades and if the applicant meets
the eligibility criteria listed above, applicants will receive a
contextual offer that is typically two grades lower than the top end of
the published grade range for the programme you are applying for. For
example, if the grade range is AAB – ABB, the applicant will receive a
contextual offer of BBB.

3. The number of ‘contextual offers’ made to applicants to all law-related
courses throughout these four admissions cycles (for example, 4 in
2015/16, 2 in 2016/17, etc).

None, this is new for 2019 applicants.

Under Section 16 (Duty to Provide Help & Assistance) we can advise
information is available on the University website, at the link below, see
subheading Contextualised Offers.

[1]https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study...

*******************************************************************************

 

We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
[2]www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information-policy

 

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:

 

Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Email: [3][email address]

 

 

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer

 

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH

[4][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   
[5]www.reading.ac.uk/foia

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir