UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
31 July 2020
Reply to request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
Email of 3 July
I am requesting for the following information. Please kindly provide data for 2019/2020
admission cycle in an excel format:
1. List of all postgraduate taught courses for 2018/2019
2. Number of Chinese nationals applying to each postgraduate taught programme
3. Number of offers made to Chinese nationals from each postgraduate taught programme
Dear Peter Cui,
I write in reply to your email requesting the above information, which you may find attached.
Your request is for detailed individual level data. We consider that disclosure of this information in the form
requested might enable those with access to other information or knowledge to identify individuals and learn
new information about those individuals. For this reason, we have redacted with an asterisk (*) where the
number of applicants/offerees relates to fewer than three individuals, to reduce the risk of identification.
In taking this measure, we are applying the exemption in section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA). Section 40(2) provides an exemption from disclosure for information that is the personal data of an
individual other than the requester, where disclosure would breach any of the data protection principles in
Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We consider that disclosure of the information
requested in the exact form requested would breach the first data protection principle, which requires that
personal data is processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. Disclosure would be unfair to the
individuals concerned, as it would be contrary to their reasonable and legitimate expectations. They would not
reasonably expect that information about their application to Oxford would be made public under the FOIA
without their consent.
For the disclosure of personal data to be lawful, it must have a lawful basis under Article 6 of the GDPR. There
are six possible lawful bases in Article 6; we do not consider that any of them would be satisfied in respect of
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