Data on law students who enrolled in 2017 and 2018

Dominic Razenstein made this Freedom of Information request to Kingston University

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Dominic Razenstein

Dear Kingston University,

This request relates to students who enrolled in your LLB Law course (course code: M100) in September or October 2017 and September or October 2018. I refer to these as the “relevant students”.

I request the following data:
1. A complete, anonymised list of all (I)GCSE grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year;
2. A complete, anonymised list of all A-level grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year;
3. A complete, anonymised list of all IB grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled in each year.

Notes:
A. Please provide the data for 2017 and 2018 separately.
B. Please do not include data from other law-related courses (such as Law with a Language, Joint Honours Law, or Law with a Year Abroad) if these courses are offered by the university.
C. Please express your response in such a way that each row or bullet point represents a separate, anonymous student.
D. Please provide the data under the following sub-headings, in the following order:
List of (I)GCSE grades for 2017
List of (I)GCSE grades for 2018
List of IB Scores for 2017
List of IB Scores for 2018
List of A-level grades for 2017
List of A-level grades for 2018

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Razenstein

Kingston University, FOI, Kingston University

Dear Dominic,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston
University. Your request was received on 09/08/19 and is now being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to
information being supplied.  If a charge is applicable in this case I will
contact you to request payment before proceeding further.  Details of the
University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of
Information Policy, available at the link below:

 

[1]http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

 

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than
09/09/19 this being twenty working days following receipt of your request.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further
assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lyn

 

…………………………………………….

Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

 

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Dear Dominic,

Further to your recent request for information, the University’s response
follows.

This request relates to students who enrolled in your LLB Law course
(course code: M100) in September or October 2017 and September or October
2018. I refer to these as the “relevant students”.

 

I request the following data:

1. A complete, anonymised list of all (I)GCSE grades achieved by the
relevant students who enrolled in each year; 2. A complete, anonymised
list of all A-level grades achieved by the relevant students who enrolled
in each year; 3. A complete, anonymised list of all IB grades achieved by
the relevant students who enrolled in each year.

 

Notes:

A. Please provide the data for 2017 and 2018 separately.

B. Please do not include data from other law-related courses (such as Law
with a Language, Joint Honours Law, or Law with a Year Abroad) if these
courses are offered by the university.

C. Please express your response in such a way that each row or bullet
point represents a separate, anonymous student.

D. Please provide the data under the following sub-headings, in the
following order:

List of (I)GCSE grades for 2017

List of (I)GCSE grades for 2018

List of IB Scores for 2017

List of IB Scores for 2018

List of A-level grades for 2017

List of A-level grades for 2018

 

Please see the attached spreadsheet. In compiling our response, we
investigated the line by line set of grades for each students which was
requested but we are concerned that this level of detail could lead to the
identification of individuals. This would contravene the first data
principle of the Data Protection  Act.. We have provided aggregated data
instead and hope that this may still be of some use to you.  Even after
aggregation, some of the numbers involved are small. The University
believes that small numbers (<5 students  in a category) could lead to the
identification of individuals .  As such we are invoking the exemption at
s.40 of the Freedom of Information Act  in that the detail requested
constitutes personal data, the disclosure of  which would contravene the
first data principle of the Data Protection  Act.

This completes the University’s response to your information request. If
you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our
decision please contact:

Director of VCO and DPO, email : [1][email address] or
by post:  Kingston University, 10 Crescent House, Grove Crescent, Penrhyn
Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE.

In the event that you are not content with the outcome of your complaint
you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Kingston
University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

I hope that you now have the information you require.

Kind regards,

Lyn

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Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

From: Kingston University, FOI <[email address]>
Sent: 09 August 2019 16:52
To: Dominic Razenstein <[FOI #596218 email]>
Cc: Kingston University, FOI <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Data on law students who
enrolled in 2017 and 2018 - FOI102052

 

Dear Dominic,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston
University. Your request was received on 09/08/19 and is now being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to
information being supplied.  If a charge is applicable in this case I will
contact you to request payment before proceeding further.  Details of the
University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of
Information Policy, available at the link below:

 

[2]http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

 

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than
09/09/19 this being twenty working days following receipt of your request.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further
assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lyn

 

…………………………………………….

Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

 

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Dominic Razenstein

Hello,

If providing data for each individual is not possible, could you please provide the data in an aggregated form where the number of students who achieved each grade is counted?

For example, for A-levels, the data would look as follows:
A*AA - 5 students
AAA - 13 students
AAB - 10 students
ABB - 20 students
BBB - <5 students
BBC - 0 students
etc.

The '<5' indicator could be used where only 1, 2, 3 or 4 students achieved a particular grade, which is consistent with HESA practice.

I only request this because the data you have provided is not helpful for my current purposes. The purpose of the original question was for me to come as close to determining each individual's marks as possible while remaining within the limits of data protection law, and because your response is not the closest you could have come to that.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Dominic Razenstein

Kingston University, FOI, Kingston University

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Dear Dominic,

Further to your recent request for information, the University’s response
follows.

I have rearranged the data as requested in the attached spreadsheet but I
am not sure that this will be any more helpful for your purpose. The
“relevant students” which you have selected are a small cohort i.e. course
code: M100, excluding data from other law-related courses (such as Law 
with a Language, Joint Honours Law, or Law with a Year Abroad).  Please
note that this also excludes M100 students who provided overseas or other
qualifications (not A-levels) instead or in addition to the A-level
qualifications listed here. As reported previously, none of our “relevant
students” provided the International Baccalaureate qualification. The
University does not hold  complete data for GCSE qualifications.  

This completes the University’s response to your information request. If
you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our
decision please contact:

Director of VCO and DPO, email : [1][email address] or
by post:  Kingston University, 10 Crescent House, Grove Crescent, Penrhyn
Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE.

In the event that you are not content with the outcome of your complaint
you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Kingston
University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

I hope that you now have the information you require.

Kind regards,

Lyn

 

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Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

 

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Dominic Razenstein

Hi Lyn - thank you for this

Yours sincerely,

Dominic