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Admission Statistics for MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Accounting

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Dear Imperial College London,

I hope this letter finds you well.

According to Freedom of Information rights, I would be very grateful if you could kindly provide admission statistics (last three years) for MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Accounting, from 2018 to 2022.

Entries include:
- Applications received from the University of Manchester
- Offers made to candidates from the Unversity of Manchester
- Offers made to students from the University of Manchester which is Chinese
- GPA and major of offer holders from the University of Manchester

While I understand that admissions for the Fall of 2022 have not yet closed, I would be really grateful if you could give the most recent admittance data for the Fall of 2022.

Thank you in advance!

Yours faithfully,
Allen

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr James,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College will respond to your request by 1 June.

Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr James,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request, below.

The Business School considers that the exemption at Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act (commercial Interests) applies to the information requested. The School's commercial activity is the provision of academic courses in a highly competitive environment. It is considered that release of the information you have requested would prejudice the School's current and future ability to compete in the education market.
 

Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

Please note that if you are unhappy with the way that we have handled your request, you can ask us to conduct a review. Please make your representation in writing within 40 days of the date you received this response. If you remain dissatisfied with how Imperial College has handled your request, you may then approach the Information Commissioner’s Office.   

Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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Dear Imperial College London,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Imperial College London's handling of my FOI request 'Admission Statistics for MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Accounting.

My request does not affect your competitiveness as I am requesting this information primarily to find out about your admission to the students from the University of Manchester in order to better position myself to be competitive at the University of Manchester and to select the suitable postgraduate programme to apply to. This information will not cause students from UOM to lose interest in your university, rather we will have more respect for your university as the information you provide will help us to choose the right master's programme offered by your university.

I have previously requested the same information from LSE and they have provided it to me in the end, so I firmly believed that this is not in breach of the relevant legislation at all. Thank you!

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,

Allen James

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr James,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College will respond to your request by 1 July.

Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr James,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review the College’s response to your Freedom of Information Act request.

Disclosures made under the Freedom of Information Act are regarded as disclosures “to the world at large” and thus once we have disclosed information under FOI, the information is regarded as having been placed into the public domain. Your motivation for requesting the information and what you intend to do with are therefore irrelevant, except when considering the public interest, which I shall address.

The College regards the information requested as commercially sensitive. Releasing information of the type requested at course level would impact on the University’s competitive advantage and would therefore prejudice our commercial interests. Providing detailed information on applications, offers and enrolments at course level would give a new or existing competitor key information about our programmes. This could enable them to either start a new course themselves (by identifying a perceived gap in the market which could then impact on our numbers of applications, offers and/or acceptances) or to more aggressively compete with us/poach from us (as they identify they could be able to gain a bigger share of the market which could then impact on our numbers of applications, offers and/or acceptances). The fact that another institution has provided the equivalent information does not mean that the exemption at Section 43 does not apply to your request to Imperial College.

As Section 43 is a qualified exemption, we must also considered whether the public interest would favour disclosure in this case, despite the factors mentioned above. The public interest being the public good, not what is of interest to the public, and not the private interests of the requester. There is no apparent general, objective public interest in disclosure of the information requested and you have confirmed that you have requested this information "in order to better position myself to be competitive at the University of Manchester and to select the suitable postgraduate programme to apply to", i.e. not because release of the information would be for the public good.

I would add, public interest aside, that I cannot see how knowing the details of how many University of Manchester students applied and were successful could assist with you being competitive at the University of Manchester nor to select the most suitable programme for you to apply to. Details of the programmes are available on the website, along with ways to find out more about the programmes (such as "coffee chats" and chats with student ambassadors, see links below).

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/business-scho...
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/business-scho...

The College’s view is that protecting the ability of the College to operate effectively within a competitive global market, by not disclosing information that competitors could use to its commercial disadvantage, outweighs any public interest arguments in favour of disclosure. If you are unhappy with the outcome of my review of your request, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.  

Yours,

Anita Hunt
Access to Information Manager
Central Secretariat
Imperial College London  I South Kensington Campus I Faculty Building Level 4 I London SW7 2AZ

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