INFORMATION COMPLIANCE TEAM
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD
28 April 2021
Reply to request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
Your emails (x12) of 28th March
Dear Eric Nilsson / Ariyan Hoque
I write in reply to your emails of 28th March detailing 12 queries, which between them request the above
The data as disclosable is provided in the attached workbooks.
Your request, in part, is for detailed individual level data. We consider that disclosure of this 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 e.g. those from the same school as the candidates. For this
reason, we have taken a number of measures to reduce the risk of identification, including aggregating data in
some areas, redacting numbers where 2 or fewer (including 0), and redacting or removing any average data
relating to a cohort of 2 or fewer individuals.
In taking these measures, 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
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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 relating to their application to Oxford would be made public under the FOIA without their consent.
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are six possible lawful bases in Article 6; we do not consider that any of them would be satisfied in respect of
The exemption in section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test provided
for in section 2(2)(b) of the FOIA. To the extent that the public interest is relevant in this case, the University
considers it is satisfied by the information provided.
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Information Compliance Team
With respect to the following UG course:
Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)
Economics & Management
Could you please provide the data for all home undergraduate applications in the past 5 complete application
cycles separated by state and independent schools for the course:
1. The number of applicants, applicants interviewed and applicants given an offer separated by gender
2. The number of applicants, applicants interviewed and applicants given an offer separated by ethnicity
For the next two requests, please provide the average raw mark and average point-based score (if applicable
where raw marks are converted and used in scoring system)
3. The average score on the admissions exam (separated by section if applicable) of all offer holders
separated by gender
4. The average score on the admissions exam (separated by section if applicable) for each section of all offer
holder separated by ethnicity
If they cannot be separated by state and independent schools, please provide any data stored.