Computer science stats 2020/2021 stats

Lucy Bamford made this Freedom of Information request to Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dear Trinity College, Cambridge,

Please provide the following information, for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 entry cycles for each Computer Science (G400) applicant:

1. Number of A*s at GCSE
2. A-level/IB predicted grades
3. Scores achieved at interview (1-10)
4. Score in Paper 1, Paper 2, and the overall score in the CTMUA
5. Score in the CSAT
6. Number of contextual flags met
7. Whether Trinity College made an offer (y/n)
8. If offer not made, whether the candidate was pooled (y/n)
9. If the candidate was pooled, whether they were made an offer by another college (y/n)
10. Home/international?

Provide the data in a spreadsheet format, and a separate table for each year.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Bamford

Chris Morley,

Dear Lucy Bamford,

I am the Freedom of Information Officer for Trinity College Cambridge,
replying - with apologies for lateness - to your request of 20 July for
information about applicants for undergraduate entry to study Computer

I fear that there are two problems.

Firstly, under the College's data retention and protection policy for
Admissions (revised April 2021), all information about rejected
applicants has now been deleted. This is in line with Article 5 of the
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which sets out the principle
that personal information should be "kept in a form which permits
identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the
purposes for which the personal information are processed". As
information on rejected applicants is no longer needed for admissions
purposes, it has therefore been deleted. This now applies to both the
2019 and 2020 entry cycles about which you enquire. So for those cycles
information could be provided about only those applicants who were in
fact admitted - and that may not suit your purposes in enquiring.
Please let me know if that is not the case.

Secondly, on the 2021 entry cycle, for which we shall retain information
about all applicants, whether or not admitted, until March 2022, it has
recently been decided, following the example and encouragement of the
University, not to release any data, statistical or otherwise, about any
aspect of application for undergraduate admission in October 2021, while
the current round of assessment and decision-making is under way. This
covers overall data, or data for any individual subject, from enquiries,
through applications, interviews and offers, to eventual outcomes. With
consideration of examination results required, and arrangements for
possible late offers, the 'current round' is not expected to end until
later this month when final decisions are taken.

The reason for this decision is that piecemeal disclosure of information
part-way through the current round is thought likely (here we refer to
section 36(2)(c) of the FoI Act), to prejudice the effective conduct of
public affairs, namely the applications and admissions process for the
Colleges of Cambridge University, which forms a fundamental part of
their mission as educational institutions. Disclosure of detailed
statistics within the current round is thought likely to prejudice the
fairness and confidentiality of the admissions process, which is still
ongoing and under which each applicant should have the same information
and each application be treated by the same process. The public
interest in our maintaining the exemption under section 36(2)(c), so as
to avoid this prejudice, is thought in all the circumstances to outweigh
the public interest in disclosure.

We note that every year detailed information about the completed
admissions cycle is published, supplementing information about previous
cycles, at,
and so is available equally to all potential applicants. This
publication includes interactive provision of requested histograms about
individual colleges and subjects, extensive tables of data, and a full

If you would like to have information next moth, of the kind you
request, about the current round for entry this October, please let me

Should you have any queries or complaints about this reply you may write
to the Junior Bursar at Trinity College, Cambridge. Any complaint
should be in writing and should set out clearly the grounds for such
complaint. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome, you have the
right of appeal to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

Chris Morley

Dr C.T. Morley, Secretary of the Council,
Trinity College Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Direct: 01223 338469
Email: [Trinity College, Cambridge request email]

Registered charity number 1137604

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Dear Chris Morley,

Thank you for explaining your reasoning for refusal.
Thank you in addition for the suggestions you have made about only supplying the information for accepted applicants, and also for the 2021 round next month, both of which I accept; this will be of use to me.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Bamford

foi, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dear Lucy Bamford,

Here attached, on three spreadsheets, is the information you request in your email of 26 August, about accepted applicants for entry in 2019 and 2020, and all for this October (decision process now complete).

Yours sincerely

Chris Morley

Chris Morley, Secretary of the College Council
Trinity College Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Direct: 01223 338469
Email: [Trinity College, Cambridge request email]

Registered charity number 1137604

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