23 August 2019
RECORDS MANAGEMENT SECTION
The University of Edinburgh
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Dear Ms Kennedy
Freedom of information request
Thank you for your email of 6 August 2019 requesting the average marks of specified
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History module marks
You asked for the average marks achieved by students in seven history courses. I have
provided most of this information for the last three academic years in table 1 below.
UNIVERSITY SECRETARY Ms Sarah Smith
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336
Table 1: Average marks for history courses, 2016/17 – 2018/19
The United States in Vietnam: History and
The Origins of the First World War, 1871-1917
The United States in the 1960s
War and Memory in the Twentieth Century
63.47 Not held
From New Jerusalem to New Labour: The
63.36 Not held
Labour Party in Contemporary Britain
India 1700-1947: Raj, Rebellion and Ryot
The University’s Common Marking Scheme
for undergraduate assessment explains what
these marks mean.
‘Not held’ means the course in question either did not run or was not picked as an option
by any students.
The number of students taking The United States in Vietnam: History and Consequences
in 2018/19 was small. Providing an average mark for small numbers of students could
enable the marks of individuals to be identified. This would breach the data protection
principles set out in data protection legislation. The Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 does not require us to provide this sort of information as it is exempt under
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