UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
18 June 2019
Reply to request for information under Freedom of Information of Act
S Camacho <email@example.com>
Please can I have the following information for the last 3 years in a microsoft excel form.
Please only include applicants for undergraduate courses.
1) The number of applicants from every non-UK school. If there are no applicants from
a school, then you may omit these in the report.
2) The number of successful applicants from every non-UK school for the last 3 years.
3) A breakdown of the subjects that students applied to study at Oxford from each non-
UK school and how many of these were successful.
4) Which Oxford colleges students applied to study at from each non-UK school and how
many were successful
5) The total number of international applicants that were interviewed segmented by
whether the interview was in the UK face-to-face, remotely (e.g. via Skype), or outside
6) Please list the cities that applicants were interviewed in person outside of the UK
including the number of applicants interviewed per city and which subjects they were
7) Please list the department to which each interviewer belonged and the subjects that
they conducted interviews for internationally
8) List the department of each interviewer and the subjects that they interviewed
Dear S Camacho,
I write in response to your email of 29 May.
1 - 2) This information may be found on the University’s website, which we link to for your convenience:
well as https://public.tableau.com/views/UniversityofOxford-
3 - 4) We will not comply with this part of your request which is for detailed individual level data for single
application cycles. We consider that disclosure of this information in the form requested might enable those
with access to other information or knowledge (e.g. those associated with the same school as applicants) to
identify individuals and learn new information about those individuals. In taking this measure, we are applying
the exemption in section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Section 40(2) provides an
exemption from disclosure for information that is the personal data of an individual other than the requester,
where disclosure would breach any of the data protection principles in Article 5 of the General Data Protection
Regulation (GDPR). We consider that disclosure of the information requested in the exact form requested
would breach the first data protection principle, which requires that personal data is processed lawfully, fairly
and in a transparent manner. Disclosure would be unfair to the individuals concerned, as it would be contrary
to their reasonable and legitimate expectations. They would not reasonably expect that information about
their qualifications or other information relating to their application to Oxford would be made public under the
FOIA without their consent.
For the disclosure of personal data to be lawful, it must have a lawful basis under Article 6 of the GDPR. There
are six possible lawful bases in Article 6; we do not consider that any of them would be satisfied in respect of
The exemption in section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test provided
for in section 2(2)(b) of the FOIA. To the extent that the public interest is relevant in this case, the University
considers it is satisfied by the attached information.
5) Please find this information in the spreadsheet attached.
Please note that Oxford no longer offers "in person" interviews outside Oxford. We used to have a team of
interviewers that visited North America and Asia to interview in various cities but all interviews now take place
face-to-face in Oxford or remotely by phone or online video interviewing.
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