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Dear University of Warwick,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information regarding the course MSci Chemistry (F105) admissions from 2014-2020 for students taking the International Baccalaureate (IBO) Diploma:

- their IB predicted grade out of 45
- their corresponding interview scores (if carried)
- their corresponding personal statement scores
- their corresponding I/GCSE grades if available
- their corresponding offer: rejection, unconditional or conditional
- the conditions set for offer holders

Please with interview scores and personal statement scores specify the grading scale.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

B. Trevor

infocompliance, Resource, University of Warwick

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infocompliance, Resource, University of Warwick

Hello

 

Thank you for submitting an FOI request, requesting information from the
University of Warwick. In order to comply with your request, we would be
grateful if you could please clarify the following:

 

·        The University does not interview for Chemistry so will not be in
a position to provide the information requested for in relation to
corresponding interview scores.

·        The University does not score personal statements for Chemistry
so will not be in a position to provide the information requested for in
relation to corresponding personal statement scores.

·        With regards to you question regarding ‘the conditions set for
offer holders’ please can you confirm if this is only in relation to the
IB scores – The University will probably be able to confirm what this was
for the overall cohort but not at individual level (it is unlikely to vary
on an individual basis anyway).

·        With regards to you question regarding ‘- their corresponding
offer: rejection, unconditional or conditional’ please can you confirm if
this is only in relation to the IB scores?

In terms of the remaining questions (regarding IB predicted grades, I/GCSE
grades and corresponding offer), as this would need to be provided on an
individual level, the University estimates from its preliminary assessment
that this would most likely exceed the appropriate costs limit under S.12
FOIA 2000. After running an access query for 2015 only, it produced over
100,000 lines of data because the issue is that every single qualification
for every applicant is one line of data and the system does not allow to
filter by IB qualifications only. Section 12(1) of the Freedom of
Information Act states that a public authority is not obliged to comply
with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.  This is
currently £450, which equates to 18 hours of staff time calculated at £25
an hour as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

The University is obliged to offer guidance as to what would be manageable
under the costs limit so with that in mind, it will only be able to
provide information for the last two academic years in relation to the
number of applications and offers made for this particular course, but
will not necessarily able to provide qualification information. It may be
able to provide some qualification data if you narrowed the scope of your
request to include either only (a) home students or (b) overseas students,
but not both. It is therefore advised that you submit a refined request.

If you do submit a refined request, the University will treat it as a
substitute request to your original request below. In the absence of a
refined request, the University will send an official response to your
original request, engaging the costs limit exemption under section 12(1)
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 within the 20 working day limit.

 

Please be advised that if you do submit a refined request the University
will still be unable to proceed with your request until you have also
provided the requested clarifications and the 20 working day statutory
time limit does not begin until clarification has been received.

 

Kind Regards

 

Legal and Compliance Services

 

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infocompliance, Resource, University of Warwick

Hello

 

Thank you for your email dated 08 August 2020 requesting information from
the University of Warwick under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please find below your request and the University’s response.

FOI Request
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the
following information regarding the course MSci Chemistry (F105)
admissions from 2014-2020 for students taking the International
Baccalaureate (IBO) Diploma:

- their IB predicted grade out of 45

- their corresponding interview scores (if carried)

- their corresponding personal statement scores

- their corresponding I/GCSE grades if available

- their corresponding offer: rejection, unconditional or conditional

- the conditions set for offer holders

Please with interview scores and personal statement scores specify the
grading scale.

The University communicated with you regarding your request (email dated
02 September 2020), advising that from its preliminary assessment, in its
current format, your FOI request would be likely to exceed the appropriate
costs limit under section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. As
explained, the amount data that would be produced and need to be manually
reviewed would be excessive (over 100,000 lines of data for one year
alone) because every single qualification for every applicant is one line
of data and the system does not allow to filter by IB qualifications only.
As such, the University estimated that this would take in excess of the 18
hours allowed under the Freedom of Information Act therefore the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit. Public
authorities are not obliged to work past the appropriate costs limit under
section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is currently
£450, which equates to 18 hours of staff time calculated at £25 an hour as
set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate
Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

The University offered guidance as to what may be manageable under the
cost limit however, as the University has not received any communication
containing a refined request, the exemption under Section 12(1) of the
Freedom of Information Act is now engaged.

 

I trust that this information will be helpful to you, however, should you
be dissatisfied with the way in which your request has been handled you
can request an internal review within one month of our response and, in
the first instance, you are advised to follow the procedure outlined here:
[1]http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/legal...

 

If you remain dissatisfied with how your request has been handled, you
have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Walter Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF (0303 123 1113) ([2]https://ico.org.uk/) There is no charge for
making an appeal.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Ridley
Associate Director - Marketing | Marketing and Communications | Engagement
Group 
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