INFORMATION COMPLIANCE TEAM
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
20 April 2020
Reply to request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
Your reference Email dated 21 March 2020
1) Number of Economics and Management applicants in the 2020 cycle for Lady
Margaret Hall Oxford.
2) What were their TSA scores? (section 1/section 2）
3) How many were invited for an interview?
4) What were their interview scores?
5) What were their cGCSE scores?
6) How many got an admission offer? (indicate those pooled to other colleges)
Dear Kenneth Wong
I write in reply to your email requesting the above information.
Items 1, 3 and 6
Applications for Undergraduate study in Economics and Management at Lady Margaret Hall from
UCAS Cycle 2020 – for entry in 2020 or deferred entry in 2021.
• Number of applicants: 52
• Number shortlisted: 11
• Offers made: 1
• Number of applicants also interviewed at a second college: 2
Items 2, 4 & 5
Please find this information in the attached spreadsheet.
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• The information regarding TSA, interview and cGCSE scores has been presented in
• Each worksheet has been sorted independently, so that information from different
worksheets cannot be cross-referenced.
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