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

John Dimitroulopoulos made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cardiff University

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 Cardiff University,

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

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear John

 

I acknowledge receipt of your email received by this office on 23^rd June
2019 in which you requested information regarding  contextual offer grades
in law admissions.   

 

Your request will now be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and has been allocated reference FOI19-286 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 20^th August 2019.

 

Where we consider that we will not be able to meet this deadline or if
further time is required to consider the public interest test we will
contact you as soon as possible and give you a revised date for response.

 

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

 

Ian Johnson   Ian Johnson
Assurance Officer   Swyddog Sicrwydd
Strategic Planning & Governance     Adran Cynllunio Strategol a
Cardiff University Llywodraethu
2nd Floor, Friary House
Greyfriars Road Prifysgol Caerdydd
CF10 3AE
LLawr 2, Friary House

Heol y Brodyr Llwydion
CF10 3AE
Tel: 029 208 79633   Ffon: 029 208 79633
E-mail: [1][email address] E-bost:
[2][email address]
 
 
The University welcomes
correspondence in Welsh or English. Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu
gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n
Saesneg.

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear John

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated
[date received] in which you requested information regarding [brief
description]

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your question(s) below and set
out our corresponding response(s).

 

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 School of Law and Politics applies the principles adopted by Cardiff
University for the use of contextual data. In accordance with this policy,
all applicants are required to meet the standard entry requirements for
admission. Further information here: 
[1]https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergra...

Applicants who are pursuing a suitable course of study and who are
eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed a typical offer
for their chosen course provided that they meet the standard academic and
non-academic criteria for their chosen degree programme. Those who are
eligible for additional consideration who accept an offer as their firm
choice, but who narrowly miss the terms of that offer, will be given
priority should any places remain unfilled following the release of
A-level results. Please see the following link:

[2]https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergra...

 

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);

 

Whilst an offer has been guaranteed to contextual applicants for Law, this
has not been a lower offer and has been at the standard level.

 

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).

 

0

 

I trust this information satisfies your enquiry.  The University has a
Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure should you feel dissatisfied
with this response or the way in which your request was handled.
Complaints must be made in writing and must set out why you believe the
University has not met its obligations under the Freedom of Information
Act.  You may email your complaint to [3][email address] where
it will be forwarded to the Director of Strategic Planning and Governance
who will be responsible for overseeing the review.

 

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.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance please feel free to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison

 

 

Alison Preece   Alison Preece
Assurance Adviser   Ymgynghorydd Sicrwydd

 
Strategic Planning & Governance   Adran Gynllunio Strategol a
Llywodraethu
Cardiff University   Prifysgol Caerdydd
2nd Floor, Friary House   Llawr 2, Friary House
Greyfriars Road   Heol y Brodyr Llwydion

Cardiff Caerdydd
CF10 3AE   CF10 3AE
     
Tel: 029 208 79919   Ffon: 029 208 79919
E-mail: [4][email address]   E-bost:
[5][email address]
 
 
We welcome correspondence in Welsh
or English Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth trwy’r
Gymraeg neu’r Saesneg

 

 

 

 

References

Visible links
1. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergra...
2. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergra...
3. mailto:[email address]
4. mailto:[email address]
5. mailto:[email address]

John Dimitroulopoulos

Hi Alison,

Thank you for your reply.

Yours sincerely,

John Dimitroulopoulos