St. German’s Road
4 December 2019
Thank you for your email of November 14th requesting information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. Please see the responses to each of your questions below:
I am interested in the dates at which offers were given out for your undergraduate law courses
(both the LLB and any Law with courses such as Law with Politics) during the previous UCAS
admissions cycle (autumn 2018 - summer 2019).
I would therefore like to request a list of the dates on which undergraduate law offers were
sent out in the previous admissions cycle, as well as the number of offers that were sent out
on each of the dates.
The information you have requested is considered to be commercially sensitive and is therefore
exempt from disclosure under section 43 of the FOIA
Section 43 is a qualified exemption and so a public interest test has been carried out. In favour of
disclosure we considered the principles of both transparency and accountability in the way a public
authority performs its functions. Opposing this we considered the insight into the University’s
admissions strategy which the requested data would provide. In a highly competitive recruitment
environment the public disclosure of details of the admissions strategy is likely to influence individuals
interested in applying to the University of Exeter and to competitors. This is likely to impact on our
ability to recruit students and on the workload of the admissions teams who process these
applications. It is the view of the University that these factors outweigh the factors in favour of
disclosing the information.
This response has been prepared in accordance with a request received pursuant to the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. The supply of documents under FOI does not give the person who receives the
information an automatic right to re-use the documents without obtaining the consent of the copyright
holder. If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an
internal review. You must submit this to the Information Governance Office in writing within 40 days of
receipt of this notification. Please quote the reference number above.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to
the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
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