This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Bsc Computer Science degrees - 2021 entry year'.


 
 
 
 
 
By e-mail: David Marshall  
Freedom of Information Office 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx   
4 West 
 
University of Bath 
Claverton Down 
Bath 
BA2 7AY 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
23 April 2021 
Dear Mr Marshal  
Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 2000 – 2021/094 
Your request was received on 27 March 2021 and handled under the provisions of the Freedom 
of Information Act, 2000. The request is copied below for your reference.  
  ‘Could you please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act: 
 
- The number of applications submitted this academic year for Bsc Computer Science and    

other Bsc Computer Science degrees for the 2021 entry year. 
- The number of students entering the 2021 entry year with a deferred place. (i.e. Applications 
made in 2019/2020 to study Bsc Computer Science and other Bsc Computer Science degrees 
which resulted in an offer to study in the 2021 entry year).’ 
 
Section 1(1) usual y entitles you to be told whether the requested information is held and have 
that information provided to you unless it is judged to be exempt from disclosure.  
 
Information about the number of applicants and offers for 2021 has been withheld under section 
43(2) of the FOIA, which applies when disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice the 
commercial interests of any organisation, including the University itself. 
 
Section 43 is a qualified exemption, which means that once the likely commercial prejudice has 
been identified, public interest factors for and against disclosure must be considered. 
 
Following the execution of the public interest test we concluded that public interest is better 
served by maintaining the section 43(2) exemption: the public interest factors in favour of 
disclosure are outweighed by the harm to the University’s commercial interests that would be 
likely to result from disclosure of this information.   
 
In this instance the University considers that disclosure of figures and deferrals for the current 
admissions cycle which is ongoing would be likely to prejudice its commercial interests by 
providing current commercial intelligence that would give an unfair advantage to its competitors, 
which would be likely to affect the University’s position in an increasingly competitive market.  
The University notes that disclosure under the FOIA must be considered as disclosure to the 
public at large. 
For the reasons above and in the context of an organisation that conducts teaching and research 
for the public benefit, it is concluded that the public interest in disclosure does not outweigh the 
likely harm to the commercial interests of the university.   The public interest weighs in favour of 
maintaining the exemption in this instance. 


 
HESA is provided with data about the University’s student figures each year, see:   
https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/where-froml 
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of how your request was handled you may ask the 
University to conduct an internal review. A request for an internal review must be submit ed 
within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response. Requests received outside this period 
wil  only be considered at the University's discretion and where there is a valid reason to do so.  
 
Applications for internal review should be emailed to: The Freedom of Information Team, 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xx.xx or addressed in writing to University of Bath, Claverton 
Down, Bath, BA2 7AY. 
 
If you remain dissatisfied you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Of ice at Wycliffe 
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Further details of this process are available 
via the following link: https:/ ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/  Please note that the Information 
Commissioner wil  only consider appeals once the internal review process has been completed. 
 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
D Bean 
Freedom of Information Of icer