Dear Cardiff University,
I am Kashvi verma and I am requesting the following data for 2022 entry the under the Freedom of Information Act.,
1. Average a levels of offer holders/ interviewed for non contextual home applicants.
2. Average ucat of offer holders/ interviewed for non contextual home applicants.
3. Average gcse of offer holders / interviewed for non contextual home applicants
Thank for your time.
Dear Kashvi Verma
I acknowledge receipt of your email received by this office on 23rd of September 2022.
Your request will now be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and has been allocated reference FOI22-333 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 21st of October 2022.
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Dear Kashi Verma
I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated
22^nd September 2022.
For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.
I am requesting the following data for 2022 entry the under the Freedom of
1. Average a levels of offer holders/ interviewed for non contextual
2. Average ucat of offer holders/ interviewed for non contextual home
3. Average gcse of offer holders / interviewed for non contextual
The Admissions cycle for 2022 entry is still currently in process. As
such, whilst the University holds this information 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 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
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:
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
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.
I trust this information satisfies your enquiry. Should you feel
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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
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