: Besley Wouter
Freedom of Information Office
University of Bath
29 November 2019
Dear Mr Wouter
Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 2000 – 2019/322
Your request was received on 3 November 2019 and was handled under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act, 2000 and is copied below for your reference.
‘I would like to request statistics regarding % of students who graduate with a certain grade for
2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
4% of students achieved 70-72%
7% of students achieved 72-74%
2% of students achieved 74-76%
9% of students achieved 76-78%
12% of students achieved 78-80%
1% of students achieved 98-100%
Please do this for BSc Accounting and Finance and include grade from 70% up to 100%, with
divisions every 2%.’
Section 1(1) usually entitles you to be told whether the requested information is held and have
that information provided to you unless it is judged to be exempt from disclosure. We can confirm
the following information for students studying BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance1 receiving
marks in specified mark ranges, by year. Please note that no one achieved 80% or over.
1 BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with placement year and without placement year are included in this count.
Under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, personal information is exempt if
disclosure to a third party would breach the first data protection principle. Because of the small
numbers involved there is sufficient risk that individuals would be identified (by triangulation of
requested data with other information held or otherwise known) and are therefore noted as less
than five students (<5).
The University considers that disclosure of actual percentages would reveal personal data
relating to specific identifiable individuals and that disclosure would constitute a breach of the first
data protection principle, fair and lawful processing (as set out in Article 5(1) of the GDPR and
section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. In reaching this conclusion the University is
mindful of the conditions for fair and lawful processing outlined in Data Protection and has judged
that students have a reasonable and legitimate privacy expectation that their personal details are
only processed according to the conditions outlined in the University’s Data Protection Statement
for Student Registration: www.bath.ac.uk/student-records/dpstatstu.htm
The individuals concerned have not consented to disclosure in this context and have a legitimate
privacy expectation that their personal details would not be disclosed. The relevant schedule 2
condition that applies in determining whether disclosure would be fair is condition 1 (consent).
The relevant schedule 2 condition that applies in determining whether disclosure would be fair is
condition 1 (consent).
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of how your request was handled you may ask the
University to conduct an internal review. A request for an internal review must be submitted
within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response. Requests received outside this period
will only be considered at the University's discretion and where there is a valid reason to do so.
Applications for internal review should be emailed to: The Freedom of Information Team,
email@example.com or addressed in writing to University of Bath, Claverton
Down, Bath, BA2 7AY.
If you remain dissatisfied you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further details of this process are available
via the following link: https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/official-information-concerns-
report/official-information-concern/ Please note that the Information Commissioner will only
consider appeals once the internal review process has been completed.
Freedom of Information Officer