Dear University of Dundee,

As of the May UCAS deadline for Institutions to make their decisions on applications (or end of cycle, if you do not still hold information for this date), can you please confirm how many places there were for your A100 course, how many applicants you had, how many were invited to interview and how many offers were made, please?

I would like this information for 2021 entry, 2020 entry and 2019 entry, please, and split into Home and International fee status, please.

Many thanks for your help,

Yours faithfully,

Judy Macdonald

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

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Dr Richard Parsons

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University of Dundee

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FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Judy Macdonald 
Many thanks for your email and for your request for information. Please
find below the information you require. I am afraid this is just a partial
answer as we will not have the completed data for the current cycle until
it is completed (September) so please accept the exemption of information
not held (section 17 FOISA). 
Please get back to me with any questions. 
Kind regards
Caroline Brown
FOI Team

Entry Year Fee Status Applications Interviews Offers Places
Home Scottish 816 379 257
Home EU 305 34 27
2019/0 Home Rest of UK (RUK) 364 138 69 157
Overseas (not EU) 156 117 34
Total 1641 668 387
Home Scottish 830 493 280
Home EU 277 34 16
2020/1 Home Rest of UK (RUK) 380 148 42 164
Overseas (not EU) 263 186 47
Total 1750 861 385

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Sent: 09 June 2021 14:55
To: FreedomOfInformation <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - A100 statistics
 
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Dear University of Dundee,

As of the May UCAS deadline for Institutions to make their decisions on
applications (or end of cycle, if you do not still hold information for
this date), can you please confirm how many places there were for your
A100 course, how many applicants you had, how many were invited to
interview and how many offers were made, please?

I would like this information for 2021 entry, 2020 entry and 2019 entry,
please, and split into Home and International fee status, please.

Many thanks for your help,

Yours faithfully,

Judy Macdonald

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Dear FreedomOfInformation,

Thank you so much for the information you have sent.
My request was for places, interview numbers and offers as of the May UCAS deadline, so can you please confirm you do not have these numbers for 2021 entry, please, as I would have thought you hold records of how many applicantions were made and interviews you have done, as well as how many offers had been made at this point?

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Judy Macdonald

FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Judy, 
I am very sorry for the delay in replying. I am just checking with
colleagues who are currently on leave. They are back from 5th July so I
will be able to get back to you fully then. 
Kind regards
Caroline Brown

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From: Judy Macdonald <[FOI #764051 email]>
Sent: 22 June 2021 16:07
To: FreedomOfInformation <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - A100 statistics
 
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Dear FreedomOfInformation,

Thank you so much for the information you have sent.

My request was for places, interview numbers and offers as of the May UCAS
deadline, so can you please confirm you do not have these numbers for 2021
entry, please, as I would have thought you hold records of how many
applicantions were made and interviews you have done, as well as how many
offers had been made at this point?

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Judy Macdonald

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FreedomOfInformation, University of Dundee

Dear Judy,
I am sorry to be a while to get back to you. As I said colleagues have
been on leave. We have discussed your request and we feel that we are
still unable to provide you with any figures for this cycle, even the ones
that we have up to the UCAS deadline. 
As you will be aware, universities operate in a competitive commercial
marketplace. Releasing this information would allow competitor
institutions to benchmark themselves against the University of Dundee, or
seek to obtain commercial advantage, in a manner likely to be
substantially prejudicial to the University’s commercial interests. It
would also allow potential applicants to manipulate the admissions process
if we were to place any more information about that process into the
public domain, giving some applicants an unfair advantage over others. As
such, per S.16 and S.33(1)(b) of FoI(S)A, the University claims that this
information is exempt from disclosure.

The University is required to have regard to the public interest in the
application of this exemption. The University recognises the interest in
its activities, but suggests that this interest is served by the extensive
information published online and the information about previous years it
is supplying to you. Furthermore, the University asserts that there is a
public interest in it being able to conduct an admissions and recruitment
process on a without-prejudice basis. As such, the balance of the public
interest favours withholding information on this occasion.

I am sorry not to be of more help. 

Kind regards

Caroline Brown

FOI Team

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From: Judy Macdonald <[FOI #764051 email]>
Sent: 22 June 2021 16:07
To: FreedomOfInformation <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - A100 statistics
 
CAUTION: This email originated from outside the University of Dundee. Do
not click links or open attachments unless you recognise the sender's
email address and know the content is safe.

Dear FreedomOfInformation,

Thank you so much for the information you have sent.

My request was for places, interview numbers and offers as of the May UCAS
deadline, so can you please confirm you do not have these numbers for 2021
entry, please, as I would have thought you hold records of how many
applicantions were made and interviews you have done, as well as how many
offers had been made at this point?

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Judy Macdonald

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Dear University of Dundee,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Dundee's handling of my FOI request 'A100 statistics'.

My request for numbers of applicants, interviews and offers as of the May UCAS deadline has been declined, as it would prejudice your commercial interests. I would be grateful if you could clarify how this is the case, please?
Other than via Clearing, there is no opportunity for further applicants this year, so the figures cannot affect their decision to apply. This is the same for all med schools in the UK, so competitors cannot gain insight into decision making that is of vital strategic importance, which could alter the behaviour of competitor institutions and result in under- or over-recruitment of students to the University, as they can have no impact on the number of students in this potential cohort. Unless I am mistaken, the only factor that will alter between now and the end of the cycle is the publication of student results, and as this is a factor that is outside the control of any medical school, I cannot see how any one institution can gain any benefit over any other?
Your argument is also somewhat nullified by the fact that many other med schools have happily disclosed this information, so it cannot universally be seen to be commercially sensitive, unless you are more sensitive than other Institutions?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Judy Macdonald