Dr James Knapton
Information Compliance Officer
20 June 2019
Dear Ms Pe,
Your request was received on 30 May 2019 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’).
Can I have the following information for the last 3 years in a microsoft excel form please. Only
include applicants for undergraduate courses.
A breakdown of the subjects that students applied to study at Cambridge from each school and
how many of these were successful.
Which cambridge colleges students applied to study at from each school and how many were
What was the number of applicants and successful applicants to each cambridge college
segmented by Private School, Grammar School and State School, please.
The information you have requested, insofar as it is held, is refused under section 12(1) of the Act. You
have requested a complex set of statistical information. The University has estimated that the time
required to locate, retrieve and extract the information you have requested would considerably surpass
18 hours of staff time charged at £25 per hour, and therefore that your request exceeds the appropriate
limit of £450 as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
For the purpose of this application of section 12, the University has aggregated your request with a
number of other requests on similar topics, all received via the What Do They Know platform in the
period 28 May to 3 June 2019, from ostensibly different individuals who reasonably appear to the
University to be acting in concert. As permitted under Regulation 5 of the Fees Regulations, the
estimated cost of complying with your request is taken to be the total costs of complying with all of
these aggregated requests.
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