Miss Zoe Allwood
2 October 2020
Dear Ms Bamford,
Your request was received on 11 September 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’).
I am writing to request the FULL text in the offer conditions of all mature offer holders for G100
maths, for all admissions cycles in the last 7 years (2014-2020 inclusive).
- I would also like to know whether they fulfilled the offer, and if possible what grades they
achieved/applied with, in each case aligning the offer condition with the results. Please indicate
also from which college the offer was made.
- Additionally I would like the STEP results and interview scores of these candidates, again
aligned with the offer conditions. If all this is not possible due to the Act, then please preserve
as many of the above "aligned metrics" as requested, first prioritising presenting the interview
scores instead in a randomised fashion (of course, for whom there were 2 interviews please
align the 2 scores for the candidate).
We do not hold interview scores; all interview processes for entry to undergraduate degree courses at
the University are set and managed locally by each of the individual Colleges, each of which is a
separate legal entity and public authority under the Act.
The rest of the information requested, taken as a whole, is refused under section 12(1) of the Act. You
have requested a highly detailed set of statistical information that cannot all be sourced
straightforwardly from a single database and therefore would require the formulation of specialist
queries and report, and some manual analysis, in order for it to be generated. The University has
estimated that the time required to locate, retrieve and extract the information you have requested
would considerably surpass 18 hours of staff time charged at £25 per hour, and therefore that your
request exceeds the appropriate limit of £450 as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data
The Old Schools
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Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Furthermore, the presentation of the data
we hold across a single table would breach the first data protection principle (the fair, lawful and
transparent processing of personal data) as set out in the General Data Protection Regulation and as
such it would be exempt under section40(3A)(a) of the Act.
The University is mindful of its duty under section 16(1) of the Act to advise and assist you. We could
supply the following information: (i) a table of offer details, including College details but grouped to
some degree; (ii) a separate table of exam results (including STEP), including College details but
grouped to some degree; and (iii) a final summary of offers and acceptances by College. You will need
to submit a new request under the Act if you wish the University to supply this information.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request an internal review of this decision, you should contact us quoting the reference
number above. The University would normally expect to receive your request for an internal review
within 40 working days of the date of this letter and reserves the right not to review a decision where
there has been undue delay in raising a complaint. If you are not content with the outcome of your
review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the University. The Information Commissioner may be contacted at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF (https://ico.org.uk/)