UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
3 March 2021
Reply to request for information under Freedom of Information of Act
Email dated 05 February2021
For undergraduate computer science course for the last 5 admission cycle, separate:
1. I would like to request , separated into columns for international applicants and EU/UK
-the lower quartile, median and upper quartile A-level grades (4A*, 3A* etc.) and
PUM/UMS for offer holders -the lower quartile, median and upper quartile age of
students beginning their first year undergraduate course -no. of applicants and offer
holder from Malaysia -no. of applicants and offer holder with 4A* -no. of applicants and
offer holders who took Further Maths in A levels and percentage from total applicants
and offer holder.
2. The same information as 1. for Engineering Science and Mathematics and Computer
3. The number-if any-of undergraduate, international students given full scholarship
Dear Mr Lee,
I write in reply to your email dated 5 February 2021, requesting the above information.
Items 1 and 2
Please refer to the attached spreadsheet.
We cannot provide the A-Level calculations requested, as A-Level grades are not numeric. As an alternative, we
have provided the A-Level bands for offers.
To reduce the risk of breaching data protection principles, we have redacted numbers less than three, including
zero, in the tab relating to A level bands. This is because we consider that disclosure of the information in the
exact form requested might enable those with access to other information or knowledge to identify individuals
and learn new information about those individuals.
In redacting numbers less than three, 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.
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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
Over the period requested, one full scholarship was awarded to an overseas candidate in Computer Science and
one full scholarship to an overseas candidate in Mathematics and Computer Science. This information relates to
scholarships administered by the University. We do not hold information on scholarships administered by
colleges, which are separate legal entities to the University, and public authorities in their own right under the
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