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Dear University College London,

Under the Freedom of Information act, I would like to know for BSc Data Science 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.

Yours faithfully,
[Name Removed]

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Keyte, Josh, University College London

Dear Imaan,


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 27^th September
2021.  Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.


We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request regarding the admission statistics for BSc Data Science for the
admission cycles 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.


We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information is provided below.




BSc Data Science Admission Statistics


  2019 2020 2021
- the number of applications, 0 0 255
- the number of offers made, 0 0 45
- the number of acceptances, 0 0 25
- the number of enrolments. 0 0 15


This programme is new in 2021/22 therefore we only have data for that year


Whilst UCL is committed to openness and transparency, we are also mindful
of our obligations under the Data Protection regime, and therefore take
steps to anonymise data before it is released. We therefore adopt the
following approach when releasing statistic that relate to people, to
prevent unauthorised disclosure of information that relates to


•               Numbers of individuals are rounded to the nearest multiple
of five – so if the figure is 102 individuals, this is rounded to 100. Any
number lower than 2.5 is rounded to zero.

•               Percentages that are based on a group of 22 individuals or
less are not provided, and this includes requests for percentile
information about marks.

•               Averages based on 7 or fewer individuals are not provided.


We have identified that there is a risk of the identification of
underlying individuals in the information that you have requested. We have
therefore applied rounding to the number of individuals to the nearest
multiple of five. The information withheld is personal information of
third parties, or, if linked with other personal identifiers in the public
domain, would be likely to become personal data. This information has been
withheld under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
by virtue of Section 40(3A)(i).


Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA where (i) the requested information is personal
data relating to someone other than the requester and (ii) its disclosure
would breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case, we
believe that the requested information could relate to and identify
individuals and therefore would be personal data. The disclosure of these
personal data would not be within the reasonable expectations of the
individuals concerned and it would be unfair to do so; this therefore
breaches the first Data Protection principle.


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conduct a public interest test.


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Kind regards,



Josh Keyte

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

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