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INFORMATION GOVERNANCE 
Lafrowda House 
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Exeter, UK  
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www.exeter.ac.uk/ig 
 
12 December 2019 
Ref: FOI19-543 
 
Dear Requester, 
Thank you for your email of 29th November requesting information under the Freedom of Information 
Act 2000.  Please see the responses to each of your questions below: 
1. Whether a candidate's personal statement (which is submitted through UCAS) is considered 
by the admissions team when considering whether to give that candidate an offer; 

If the personal statement is assessed by the admissions team: 
2. A  list of the marking criteria/factors that are considered by the admissions team when 
assessing the candidate's personal statement; 3. Whether a candidate's personal statement is 
given a score or grade of any kind; 4. The weighting attached to the aforementioned score or 
grade (e.g. 20%); 5. A list of personal statement scores given to offer holders who had applied 
for undergraduate study in law at your university in the 2018/2019 admissions cycle (and thus 
received offers for either 2019 direct entry or 2020 deferred entry). 

Information regarding the use of personal statements in our admissions process are available on our 
website here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/assessapplication/. The information 
you have requested is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA. 
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. 
(https://ico.org.uk/) 
 
Kind Regards, 
 
Information Governance 
University of Exeter