Admissions Statistics on Bristol Economics (2017-2022)

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Dear University of Bristol,

Please may you provide me with the following information on candidates applying to:
BSc Economics
BSc Economics and Mathematics
BSc Economics and Econometrics
BSc Economics and Management
BSc Economics and Finance

1) The total number of applicants, the total number and percentage of offers made by the university in each year from 2017 to 2022 for each of the above courses.

2) The percentage of total offers made to applicants from independent schools in each year from 2017-2022 for each of the above courses.

3) The percentage of the total offers made to applicants doing Further Maths A level, in each year from 2017-2022 for each of the above courses.

Yours faithfully,
Gnan Ravi

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Dear Gnan Ravi, 

 

Freedom of Information Request (our reference FOI22258)

 

We refer to your Freedom of Information request dated 21/05/2022

 

You requested the following information:

 

Please may you provide me with the following information on candidates
applying to:
BSc Economics
BSc Economics and Mathematics
BSc Economics and Econometrics
BSc Economics and Management
BSc Economics and Finance

1) The total number of applicants, the total number and percentage of
offers made by the university in each year from 2017 to 2022 for each of
the above courses.

2) The percentage of total offers made to applicants from independent
schools in each year from 2017-2022 for each of the above courses.

3) The percentage of the total offers made to applicants doing Further
Maths A level, in each year from 2017-2022 for each of the above courses.

 

University’s Response

 

Further to Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “Act”) we
confirm that the information requested is held by the University of
Bristol (the “University”). However, part of the information has been
withheld by virtue of section 43 of the Act, please see below for full
details. 

Please see attached document. 

Exempt information 

Section 43 - commercial interests 

Part of the information you requested relates to the
current admissions cycle. The University considers this information to be
exempt from disclosure under section 43(2) of the Act, on the grounds that
disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice the University’s
commercial interests.

 

Disclosure of the information before the end of the admissions cycle would
give competing higher education institutions an insight into
our admissions strategies. This would enable them to adjust their
marketing, recruitment or offer-making strategies to gain a competitive
advantage over the University, with the aim of increasing their market
share. This would or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests
of the University, in that students who would otherwise choose to study at
Bristol might be tempted to study elsewhere.

 

The exemption in section 43(2) is a qualified exemption, which means that
we must weigh the public interest factors in favour of disclosure against
those in favour of applying the exemption.

 

As a body funded by the state and by student tuition fees, the University
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in relation to its admissions process, to ensure that public funds are
used fairly and judiciously. The University is very open about
its admissions policies and procedures, and is happy to disclose various
other data in relation to previous admissions cycles. However, the
University operates in an extremely competitive sector. To allow
universities to compete fairly and effectively they must be able to
withhold certain information from public disclosure in order to develop
successful admission strategies. It is not in the public interest to
disclose information that would compromise the University’s ability to
compete in this way.

 

On balance, the University considers that the public interest in
withholding the information requested in relation to the
2021 admissions cycle, outweighs the public interest in disclosure, and
the exemption in section 43(2) is applied.

 

The information you have requested will be available for disclosure
from December 2022. 

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To: SecOInformation Governance ([University of Bristol request email])
From: Gnan Ravi ([FOI #863466 email])
Title: Freedom of Information request - Admissions Statistics on Bristol
Economics (2017-2022)
Sent: 21/05/2022 18:41

Dear University of Bristol,
Please may you provide me with the following information on candidates
applying to:
BSc Economics
BSc Economics and Mathematics
BSc Economics and Econometrics
BSc Economics and Management
BSc Economics and Finance
1) The total number of applicants, the total number and percentage of
offers made by the university in each year from 2017 to 2022 for each of
the above courses.
2) The percentage of total offers made to applicants from independent
schools in each year from 2017-2022 for each of the above courses.
3) The percentage of the total offers made to applicants doing Further
Maths A level, in each year from 2017-2022 for each of the above courses.
Yours faithfully,
Gnan Ravi
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