Freedom of Information Office
University of Bath
5th October 2021
Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 2000 – 2021/291
Your request was received on 20th September 2021, with further details in respect of your full name
being provided on 23rd September 2021, and has been handled under the provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act, 2000.
Section 1(1)(a)(b) usual y entitles you to be told whether the requested information is held and have
that information provided to you unless it is judged to be exempt from disclosure. Details of the
request text are reproduced below, together with the formal response provided by the University of
Under the Freedom of Information act, I would like to know for Mathematics, Statistics and Data
Science BSc for the 2021/22, 2020/21 and 2019/20 admission cycles:
- the number of applications
- the number of offers made
- the number of acceptances
- the number of enrolments.
The University of Bath does not hold information in respect of 2020/21 or 2019/20. The BSc in
Mathematics, Statistics & Data Science is a new programme for 2021/22 and was not offered by the
University in the two previous years.
In respect of current year information for 2021/22, this information is exempt form disclosure by
virtue of s43(2). This exemption is engaged where disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice
the commercial interests of any organisation, including the University itself.
Section 43 is a qualified exemption, which means that once the likely commercial prejudice has been
identified and the exemption engaged, public interest factors for and against disclosure must be
On this occasion, the University of Bath considers that disclosure of the requested information for
the current, on-going academic intake would be likely to prejudice its own commercial advantage.
Release would provide competitors with valuable commercial intelligence and unfairly inform other
universities vying to attract the same students of the University’s current commercial viability in
respect of the courses you have identified. The marketplace in which the University operates, is
increasingly competitive and apprising competitors of sensitive current commercial information is
likely to erode the university’s competitive edge.
To maintain and consolidate its position as a global leader in key academic arenas against national
and international competition, the University must retain an element of commercial integrity in
certain key areas of its operation and one such area, is current year application and offer
It is the University’s opinion therefore, that the public interest favours the non-disclosure of the
2021/22 information. The conclusion is that the public interest factors in favour of disclosure are
outweighed by the potential harm to the University’s commercial interests that would be likely to
result from disclosure of this information.
The University acknowledges a general public interest in favour of transparency and publishes
details of its student demographics here:
HESA is also provided with data about the University’s student figures each year:
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of how your request was handled you may ask the University
to conduct an internal review. A request for an internal review must be submitted within 40 working
days of receipt by you of this response. Requests received outside this period wil only be considered
at the University's discretion and where there is a valid reason to do so.
Applications for internal review should be emailed to: The Freedom of Information Team, freedom-
email@example.com or addressed in writing to University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2
If you remain dissatisfied you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further details of this process are available via the
following link: https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/official-information-concerns-report/official-
information-concern/ Please note that the Information Commissioner will only consider appeals
once the internal review process has been completed.
Freedom of Information Officer