Clearing statistics

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Dear University of Manchester,
I wish to make a freedom of information enquiry.

Would it be possible to provide data relating to the clearing period ending at the start of the following 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23, 2023/24 academic years in relation to the following questions:

-How many full time students were recruited via the clearing process?
-If all full time spots were filled before the end of the clearing period- please specify when the university confirmed that it would no longer accept any further full time students via that clearing period?
- At the end of the clearing period, how many full time student places remained unfulfilled?

Yours faithfully,

Waisang Yau

MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

Dear Waisang,

I am writing to acknowledge your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received by The University of Manchester on 13 October 2023, our reference as per the subject line.

The University will respond to your request within 20 working days.

Regards
 
Kim
 
Kim Britt l Office Administrator
Directorate of Compliance & Risk
The University of Manchester‚ÄĮ
Simon Building
Oxford Road l‚ÄĮManchester M13 9PL
 
My usual working pattern ‚Äď
On Campus: Wednesday & Thursday
Remote: Monday, Tuesday & Friday
 

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MTRS FOIA, University of Manchester

Dear Waisang,

 

Thank you for your request for information received by The University of
Manchester on 13 October 2023 in relation to clearing statistics.  

 

Please find your questions and our responses below:

 

Would it be possible to provide data relating to the clearing period
ending at the start of the following 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22,
2022/23, 2023/24 academic years in relation to the following questions:

 

 1. How many full time students were recruited via the clearing process?

 

The following represent the numbers accepted in Clearing (noting that
Clearing starts at the beginning of July) for the following academic years
of entry

 

2018/19: 835

2019/20: 777

2020/21: 1582 [note: this was the year that the A level and other UK
results were published twice and Clearing needed to be used to accept
applicants whose first set of results were insufficient but whose second
set met the original requirements]

2021/22: 492

2022/23: 447

2023/24: Information not available as yet as the cycle has not closed
[note: data usually brought together as above by the end of November].

 

 2. If all full time spots were filled before the end of the clearing
period- please specify when the university confirmed that it would no
longer accept any further full time students via that clearing period?

 

Technically, Clearing does not close as there can be reasons why students
are still accepted through it (e.g. late confirmation of results).  If
your request relates to the availability of an active ‚Äėhotline‚Äô then,
while there is no precise record of this, we typically close by the end of
the Monday (after the Thursday release of A level results).  However, in
recent years this has been by the end of the Friday (or within 48 hours of
the release of the A level results).

 

 3. At the end of the clearing period, how many full time student places
remained unfulfilled?

 

It does not really work like that for us.  Effectively, when we withdraw
our listings with UCAS then we consider we have the number of students
that we want/need at that point across the University.

 

I hope the above answers/explanations are of use to you.

 

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Kind Regards,

 

Paula

 

Paula Egerton| Information Officer | Information Governance Office |
Directorate of Compliance and Risk |Professional Services | G.007 Christie
Building | The University of Manchester | Oxford Road | Manchester | M13
9PL | www.manchester.ac.uk

I am currently unavailable by telephone but happy to speak via Teams.

 

My usual working days are full days Monday Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 
I job-share with Polly Smith who usually works Wednesday morning, Thursday
and Friday.

 

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Dear University of Manchester,

Thank you for responding to my request. You said in your response that the number of FT students recruited via clearing was not yet available for 2023/24. Would it be possible to provide me with this information when it is available?

Yours faithfully,

Waisang Yau