A100 Applications 2022 and 2023

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Dear Cardiff University,

Could I please request the following information:

1. Are you differentiating between Welsh students and students from the rest of the UK (North Ireland, Scotland, England) as part of your admissions process to A100?
2. Have you ever, in the past (or as far as your records are concerned), differentiated between Welsh students and students from the rest of the UK (North Ireland, Scotland, England) as part of your admissions process to A100?
3. For 2022 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100 programme (if this data is held as contextual and non-contextual students please give both separately) for Home fee status (if this information is held for Welsh students and students from the rest of the UK separately then please provide both separately)?
4. For 2022 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100 programme for international applicants?
5. For 2023 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100 programme (if this data is held as contextual and non-contextual students please give both separately) for Home fee status (if this information is held for Welsh students and students from the rest of the UK separately then please provide both separately)?
6. For 2023 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100 programme for international applicants?

Yours faithfully,

Anna Grenz

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InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Anna Grenz

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 1
September 2023

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.

 

 1. Are you differentiating between Welsh students and students from the
rest of the UK (North Ireland, Scotland, England) as part of your
admissions process to A100?

 

All Medical Schools across the UK have contextualisation criteria, and the
majority include their local areas within this. Given the geography and
population of Wales and the under-representation of Welsh students
studying in Medical Schools across the UK, Cardiff School of Medicine
recognises Welsh-domiciled applicants as one of their contextualised
groups.

[1]Further information on Cardiff University’s contextual admissions.

Medical education in Wales is funded by Welsh Government and the Centre
for Medical Education within the School of Medicine recognises the need to
ensure that public money in Wales is spent to improve the health of the
nation of Wales, in addition to the wider UK.

Welsh-domiciled applicants, along with contextualised applicants (as
detailed in our Admissions Policy) are provided with additional
consideration during the initial selection process, as these are
under-represented groups among medical students.

The School of Medicine has responsibilities regarding widening access to
medicine and supporting the diversity of the healthcare workforce, and
these are also key considerations in reviewing applications to medical
school.

Like all Medical Schools in the UK, the number of medical student
placements is capped in line with the funding available.

 

Having a diverse medical student population promotes a holistic empathetic
approach to patients, ensures we are selecting doctors representative of
the population they will be serving, are more likely to work in
communities similar to those they are from and in specialties that are
struggling.

Groups of students who are under-represented at medical school are
encouraged to apply and are given additional consideration during the
scoring process. There are many groups that are under-represented. Social
mobility is improved through education.

 

2. Have you ever, in the past (or as far as your records are concerned),
differentiated between Welsh students and students from the rest of the UK
(North Ireland, Scotland, England) as part of your admissions process to
A100?

 

Please see answer to question 1.

 

 2. For 2022 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the
A100 programme (if this data is held as contextual and non-contextual
students please give both separately) for Home fee status (if this
information is held for Welsh students and students from the rest of
the UK separately then please provide both separately)?

 

Lowest Home UCAT score offered interview = 1670

 

 

4. For 2022 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100
programme for international applicants?

 

Lowest International UCAT score offered interview = 2590

 

5. For 2023 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100
programme (if this data is held as contextual and non-contextual students
please give both separately)  for Home fee status (if this information is
held for Welsh students and students from the rest of the UK separately
then please provide both separately)?

 

The University holds this information however we consider this information
exempt from disclosure under S43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act
entitled “Commercial Interests”. In particular, section 43(2) states that
information is exempt if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the
public authority holding it).

 

The release of information on applications and offers for the current
admissions period into the public domain would be highly likely to
prejudice the University’s commercial interests, by allowing competitor
institutions to undermine the University’s recruitment activity by
responding with different approaches to offer making, particularly in the
run up and during the confirmation and clearing period. We further
consider that releasing this information would be likely to influence
admissions practices of individual applicants, and this would be likely to
impact on recruitment offers and outcomes and potentially disrupt the
admissions processes across the sector and undermine the principles of
competition law.

 

Disclosure of this information would reveal details of the outcome of the
University’s recruitment activities and strategy and to release this
information into the public domain would enable our competitors to benefit
by adapting their offer making strategies and altering their behaviour in
the run up and during confirmation and clearing; as well as benefitting by
copying our strategy or programmes. In so doing this will affect the
University’s ability to distinguish itself from its competitors in a
highly competitive market.

 

Any loss of market share and reduction in enrolled student numbers would
have a significant impact on the University’s student fee income and would
further impact the University’s long term financial sustainability. As
public funding sources for higher education have declined, student fee
income has become an increasingly important source of income and is a key
factor in ensuring the University’s long term financial sustainability.
The ability for the universities in general, and Cardiff University in
particular as a major research intensive university in Wales, to compete
effectively in a global market is an important strategic objective as set
out by the Welsh Government in 'For Our Future: the higher education
strategy plan for Wales' and in the Welsh Government Policy Statement on
Higher Education which is available at:
[2]principles-for-change-post-compulsory-education-and-training.pdf
(gov.wales). It is also important that Cardiff University is able to
continue competing on an equal footing with similar large, research
intensive institutions in the UK and overseas.

 

Based on the above it is considered that the commercial interest of the
University would be likely to be prejudiced by release and as such the
Section 43(2) exemption is engaged.

 

In applying the Section 43 exemption the University has taken account of
the public interest as required by the Act. The University has reviewed
the arguments in favour of disclosing the information (openness and
transparency in public life) and found them to be outweighed by the
greater general public interest in protection of the University's
competitive edge and market positioning.

 

The University must consider the public interest test when applying this
exemption and this is considered below.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors in Favour of Disclosure

It is in the public interest to release information that provides a
greater public understanding of the way the University operates and its
provisions for future delivery of its services.

 

Factors in Favour of Non-disclosure

It is not in the public interest to release information that would be
likely to damage the commercial interests of the University by undermining
its ability to compete in the marketplace.

 

It is not in the public interest to release information that would reduce
the efficiency and effectiveness of the University by having the effect of
damaging the ability of the University to pursue its recruitment
strategies on an equal footing to other public and privately funded
education institutions.

 

On balance it is considered that it would not be in the public interest to
release this information and therefore the information will not be
released at this time.

 

6. For 2023 entry, what was the lowest UCAT score interviewed for the A100
programme for international applicants?

 

            Please see answer to question 5.

 

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Information Commissioner can be contacted at the following address:
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance, please feel free to
contact me.

 

 

 

 

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol University Secretary’s Office

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University

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