Mr S Singh
30 April 2021
Our Ref: FOI/2021/201
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I’d like to inquire about some statistics for this years cycle of application to This information is scheduled for future publication. Please refer to the
your BSc and MOptom Optometry courses. Could I please have the following University’s Publication Scheme at
1. The total number of applicants for each of the two courses this year.
We have considered whether it would be in the public interest to publish this
information prior to official publication. We appreciate that there is a public
2. The number of applicants actually eligible to be considered for the individual interest in transparency around this issue. However, publication via this route
courses from those that applied this year.
wil allow the University to provide a full set of data which wil be more useful
to requesters. It also allows University resources to be used efficiently as early
3. For each course, the amount of applicants that were interviewed.
publication would result in duplication of effort. We therefore consider that the
balance of the public interest lies in not publishing the data at this time.
4. I understand that you score Optometry interviews into 3 bands, thus of
those interviewed how many applicants were in each band for both courses.
5. The number of applicants that received an offer for each individual course.