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Dear Cardiff University,

1. Please provide the statistics below for :
* Applicants from the People’s Republic of China
* For all undergraduate programmes
* Admissions cycle 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21:

For each undergraduate programme, by applicant A-level, IB courses and AP course combination:
- Minimum, Mean, Median, Maximum number of GCSE A*s, predicted A-level A*s/actual A-level A*s, predicted and actual IB score/AP scores of applicants

- Minimum, Mean, Median, Maximum number of GCSE A*s, predicted A-level A*s/actual A-level A*s, predicted and actual IB score/AP scores of offer holders

- Minimum, Mean, Median, Maximum number of GCSE A*s, predicted A-level A*s/actual A-level A*s, predicted and actual IB score/AP scores of accepted and enrolled students

Please provide this information in a long format if possible.

The above information can be in one spreadsheet, split into sheets by undergraduate programme. Alternatively, it can be in multiple spreadsheets by the undergraduate programme.

2. In a separate spreadsheet, for each undergraduate programme, please provide:
Number of applications from the People’s Republic of China
Number of offers from the People’s Republic of China
Number of registrations from the People’s Republic of China
Number of female applicants
Number of white applicants
Number of Asian applicants
Number of Black applicants
Number of mixed ethnicity applicants
Number of applicants of other ethnicities

Yours faithfully,
Yuemei

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Yuemei Jiang

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Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol
Prifysgol Caerdydd
Ebost : [email address]

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University Secretary’s Office
Cardiff University
Email: [email address]

The University welcomes correspondence in Welsh or English. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to any delay.

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InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Yuemei Jiang

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 8
April 2022.

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your question(s) below and set
out our corresponding response(s).

1. Please provide the statistics below for :

* Applicants from the People’s Republic of China

* For all undergraduate programmes

* Admissions cycle 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21:

For each undergraduate programme, by applicant A-level, IB courses and AP
course combination:

- Minimum, Mean, Median, Maximum number of GCSE A*s, predicted A-level
A*s/actual A-level A*s, predicted and actual IB score/AP scores of
applicants

- Minimum, Mean, Median, Maximum number of GCSE A*s, predicted A-level
A*s/actual A-level A*s, predicted and actual IB score/AP scores of offer
holders

- Minimum, Mean, Median, Maximum number of GCSE A*s, predicted A-level
A*s/actual A-level A*s, predicted and actual IB score/AP scores of
accepted and enrolled students

Please provide this information in a long format if possible.

The above information can be in one spreadsheet, split into sheets by
undergraduate programme. Alternatively, it can be in multiple spreadsheets
by the undergraduate programme.

2. In a separate spreadsheet, for each undergraduate programme, please
provide:

Number of applications from the People’s Republic of China

Number of offers from the People’s Republic of China

Number of registrations from the People’s Republic of China

Number of female applicants

Number of white applicants

Number of Asian applicants

Number of Black applicants

Number of mixed ethnicity applicants

Number of applicants of other ethnicities

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 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. Disclosure of this information would
reveal details of the outcome of the University’s recruitment strategy and
to release this information into the public domain would enable our
competitors to benefit 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:
[1]http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publicat....
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.

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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.

Kind regards

 

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol University Secretary’s Office

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University

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