St. German’s Road
8 June 2020
Ref: FOI20 - 205
Thank you for your email of 31st May 2020 requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please see the responses to each of your questions below:
Please could you give me the attainment results of LLB, Bachelor of Laws students for the
academic period 2018 - 2019.
The average percentage of students achieving a First grade in their first year of the LLB
The average percentage of students achieving a 2.1 grade in their first year of LLB
The average percentage of students achieving lower than a 2.1 grade (i.e 3rd) in the first year of
I would like this for the 2nd and 3rd years of the LLB programme too.
The data you have requested for past academic years is available through HESA’s custom data
request scheme (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/services/custom/data/request) a
nd is therefore exempt
under Section 21 of the FOIA as it is already reasonably accessible through other means.
Data for the current and future years will be available at the same location following its publication by
HESA. These data are therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 22 of the FOIA.
Data which is disseminated by HESA for a fee 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 as such, a public interest test has been carried out. In favour
of disclosure, we considered the need for the University to report openly on its activity. Against that,
we considered the commercial interests of HESA as the organisation responsible for disseminating
such statistics. HESA is the body nominated to provide statistics on the Higher Education sector in the
UK. Disclosure of data available from HESA would prejudice their ability to sell said data via their paid
service to third parties. There is likely to be significant commercial harm, as a public disclosure under
the FOIA would allow the release of information with commercial value, therefore severely weakening
their ability to continue to sell this level of data. Such sales assist in the finance of their operations and
the pursuit of their charitable aims; reduction in income from such services could lead to
consequences include loss of significant revenue, inability to offer the same level of service to other
customers or potentially impact on jobs within their organisation.
Some of the data you have requested represents small populations of individuals which therefore
could easily be identified. This data would need to be anonymised and is exempt under Section 40 of
the FOIA. It should be noted that HESA will also anonymise this data before release where
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
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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:
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