This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Number of 2021 Law M100 applicants to Sidney Sussex college'.


 
 
SIDNEY SUSSEX COLLEGE 
CAMBRIDGE, CB2 3HU 
 
Sarah Bonnett 
       
Direct:   01223 338827 
Bursar 
 
PA:   01223 338882 
 
 
Email:   xxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx.xx 
 
Scarlett Bambridge 
To be sent be email 
 
4 February 2021 
 
Dear Scarlett 
 
I am replying to your Freedom of Information request to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, 
which was received on 26 January 2021. 
 
For clarity, below is your original request. 
Please could you tell me the amount of people that applied to Sidney Sussex College for the 
M100 Law course for 2021 entry?  
 
The information requested, insofar as it is held (noting that the current undergraduate 
applications cycle is ongoing), is exempt under section 36(2)(c) of the Act because its disclosure 
would be likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, in this case the integrity of 
the College’s applications and admissions process which form a fundamental part of its mission 
as an educational institution.  (As the information requested is statistical in nature, the opinion 
of the qualified person did not need to be sought for this application of section 36).  The current 
undergraduate cycle is ongoing and applications are still being submitted and assessed.  The 
College considers that the disclosure of detailed statistics about applications made within the 
current cycle would be likely to prejudice the notion of a fair and confidential admissions 
process whereby each applicant has the same information at their disposal and partial granular 
data is not disclosed to specific members of the public while the process is ongoing.  As this is a 
qualified exemption, the College has considered whether, in all the circumstances of the case, 
the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the 
information.  The College considers that, while some people might have an understandable 
private interest in these statistics, there is no genuine public interest in them when set against 
the extensive statistical information available about previous admissions cycles published at 
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/apply/ statistics, coupled with the prevailing 
public interest in maintaining a level playing field in terms of the information available to all 
applicants.   
Charity Registration No: 1137586 
 


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I hope that this answers your questions. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to 
contact me.  Alternatively, you can request a review by our FOI Review Officer, Mr Nick Allen 
xxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx.xx. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
 
Ms Sarah Bonnett 
Bursar