Admitted students that have worked, studied, or researched prior to interview by amount of slots for UCL graduate programme.

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, University College London should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear University College London,

I respectfully request that you provide your selection and shortlisting criteria for the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc) programme (Non-clinical). Your selection and shortlisting criteria should provide details on the amount of students, at each stage of the shortlisting process, categorized by gender, age, ethnicity, and region.

I also respectfully request that you provide details of the marking structure and selection criteria for shortlisting based on an applicant's personal statement. And if University College London's marking structure and selection criteria for shortlisting based on an applicant's personal statement varies annually, then I respectfully request only the details that pertain to the marking structure and selection criteria based on an applicant's personal statement for the two thousand eighteen entry intake be provided.

Finally, I respectfully request that the details pertaining to the amount of students admitted into the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc) programme (Non-clinical) that a) worked for UCL, b) previously enrolled at UCL, or c) researched for UCL, prior to their interview for entry, be provided. I request that the amount of these students be categorized per year and compared to the enrollment limit for the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc) programme, since two thousand thirteen.

Thank you for your assistance,

Carrington Black

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Mr Black,

Thank you for your below request for information.

In respect of the following part of your request, can you please clarify what you mean by part (c) "researched for UCL":

Finally, I respectfully request that the details pertaining to the amount of students admitted into the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc) programme (Non-clinical) that a) worked for UCL, b) previously enrolled at UCL, or c) researched for UCL, prior to their interview for entry, be provided. I request that the amount of these students be categorized per year and compared to the enrollment limit for the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc) programme, since two thousand thirteen.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear University College London,

(C) represents students that have received research placements at UCL.

Yours sincerely,

Carrington Black

Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

The response to this request is overdue. UCL, by law, needs to respond.

I now request an internal review of University College London's handling of my FOI request, dated 8 August 2018, relating to the "selection and shortlisting criteria for the Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies (MSc) programme (Non-clinical)," "marking structure and selection criteria for shortlisting based on an applicant's personal statement," and "details pertaining to amount of students admitted" under the conditions aforementioned in the original request.

Thank you for your assistance,

Carrington Black

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Mr Marshall,

Thank you for your below e-mail.

Please note that we received clarification from you regarding your request on 23 August, after which the statutory deadline of 20 working days for us to respond re-starts.

We are currently working on your request and will provide a response to you as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
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Dear Mr Black,

Thank you for your request for information.

I write to advise that UCL are required to conduct a public interest test with regard to your request. This is on account of a qualified exemption being engaged for information you have requested.

The exemption under consideration is Section 36(2)(c) which states:

“Information to which this section applies is exempt information if, in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person, disclosure of the information under this Act—

(c) would otherwise prejudice, or would be likely otherwise to prejudice, the effective conduct of public affairs.”

Public authorities are entitled an additional 20 working days to consider the application of the exemption and we will disclose our full response to you as soon as we are able.

Please let me know if you have any questions with regard to this process in the meantime.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Please clarify what "information" in this FOI request gives reason to engage section 36(2)(c).
Please also clarify who this qualified person will be; please provide information about who this qualified person is, and what makes them qualified.

Yours sincerely,

Carrington Black

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Mr Black,

 

Further to your e-mail correspondence sent yesterday, we have now
completed the compilation of the information in response to your request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information, where it is not exempt, is provided
below and attached.

 

Q1) I respectfully request that you provide your selection and
shortlisting criteria for the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc)
programme (Non-clinical). Your selection and shortlisting criteria should
provide details on the amount of students, at each stage of the
shortlisting process, categorized by gender, age, ethnicity, and region.

 

Q2) I also respectfully request that you provide details of the marking
structure and selection criteria for shortlisting based on an applicant's
personal statement. And if University College London's marking structure
and selection criteria for shortlisting based on an applicant's personal
statement varies annually, then I respectfully request only the details
that pertain to the marking structure and selection criteria based on an
applicant's personal statement for the two thousand eighteen entry intake
be provided.

 

A1-2)

 

Please see attached PDF document for the applications, offers, acceptances
and enrolment data broken down by gender, ethnicity, region and age.

 

The admissions process for our programme consists of two stages: first, an
evaluation of eligibility for entry according to minimum academic and
English language requirements as outlined on the programme website; and,
second, a candidate selection process, including interview. Please note
that the programme operates a rolling admissions process and as such there
is no shortlisting criteria that applies.

 

First stage: evaluation of eligibility

 

Eligibility for entry is determined through two requirements:

 

1.         Academic requirements: Minimum of a second-class honours degree
from a UK university or a bachelor’s degree from an overseas university of
a comparable standard.

 

2.         English language requirements: Good (as defined in the UCL
Admissions website)

 

Second stage: selection process

 

All applicants meeting the basic admissions criteria as outlined above are
offered an interview. In preparation for the interview, candidates are
asked to read a published psychoanalytic paper and be prepared to discuss
the paper critically. Applicants are also asked to be prepared to reflect
on their personal statement in relation to what they understand the
programme to offer.

 

The interviewing panel then considers the application in its entirety,
including academic and/or professional background, statement, references
and interview performance elements to reach its decision.

 

The requested information for the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies
(MSc) programme (Non-clinical) selection criteria is exempt from
disclosure, as it is considered that the Section 36(2)(c) exemption
applies; this exemption states that:

 

“Information to which this section applies is exempt information if, in
the reasonable opinion of a qualified person, disclosure of the
information under this Act—

(c) would otherwise prejudice, or would be likely otherwise to prejudice,
the effective conduct of public affairs.”

 

This exemption applies to the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc)
programme (Non-clinical) selection criteria. For this exemption to be
engaged, public authorities are required to seek the ‘reasonable opinion’
of the organisation’s qualified person; in UCL’s instance, this person is
the Provost. I can confirm that the Provost has provided the view that
disclosure of this information would prejudice the effective conduct of
UCL’s affairs.

 

UCL are also required to conduct a public interest test with regard to the
application of this exemption. Please see below for this test in full:

 

The public interest factors in favour of disclosing the information you
have requested are:

 

-       There is a general public interest in transparency. The public
have a right to know and understand how public authorities are carrying
out their core functions, including those about admissions.

-       Disclosure of this information would contribute to a more open and
knowledgeable debate concerning the admissions assessment made by the
department, which may inform applicants.

 

The factors for withholding the information are:

-       The admissions process may be considered to be particularly
effective in assessing an applicant’s suitability for the programme. If
the University were to disclose the selection criteria it may be seen to
remove a proven and effective method of testing an applicant’s suitability
for admission. This would negatively affect UCL’s ability to assess
applicants in the most effective manner.

-       The disclosure of this information may be misinterpreted by
individuals and negatively affect an applicant’s application.

-       This disclosure of the information may disadvantage individuals
who are unaware of its release.

 

The outcome of the public interest test:

 

-       Whilst recognising that there is a public interest in
understanding the criteria and its application within universities, there
is also a need to effectively and truly assess applications by candidates
and to ensure individuals are not disadvantaged. The disclosure of this
information would prejudice UCL’s ability to properly assess a candidate’s
suitability for admission, outweighing the public interest arguments for
disclosure. For these reasons we are unable to disclose this information.

 

Q3) Finally, I respectfully request that the details pertaining to the
amount of students admitted into the Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies
(MSc) programme (Non-clinical) that a) worked for UCL, b) previously
enrolled at UCL, or c) researched for UCL, prior to their interview for
entry, be provided. I request that the amount of these students be
categorized per year and compared to the enrolment limit for the
Theoretical Psycho-analytic Studies (MSc) programme, since two thousand
thirteen.

 

Clarification received: (c) represents students that have received
research placements at UCL.

 

A3)

 

a) 7 were engaged in paid work.

 

b) 9.

 

c) 8 received research placements at UCL. <4 held honorary research roles.

 

As you can see, exact counts of four or less have been withheld because
these are personal data 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 FOIA by
virtue of s40 (3)(a)(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
individual applicants as well as admission tutor(s) and would be
considered as their personal data. The disclosure of this 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.

 

It is for these reasons that this information is exempt under section
40(2) of the Act.

 

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example by publishing or issuing copies to the public, will require the
permission of the copyright owner.

 

If you are unhappy with our response to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please email
[1][email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal
Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Vice Provost
Operations, alternatively you should write to:

 

Vice Provost Operations

University College London

1-19 Torrington Place

London WC1E 7HB

 

Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more
than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner at the address given below.
You should do this within two months of our final decision.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this letter and including the request reference number.

 

Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

 

01625 545700

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[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs

E: [4][email address] Data Protection: [5][email address]
FOI: [6][UCL request email].

Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

 

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