Dear University of Sussex,

I would like to request the following information:

[1] The percentages of students who graduated from law-related courses (i.e. all courses with course code M1**) in the following years

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

who were awarded First Class Honours. Please provide the % of Firsts separately for each year (e.g. 10% for 2010, 15% for 2011, 12% for 2012, etc.)

[2] The percentages of students who graduated from law-related courses (i.e. all courses with course code M1**) in the following years

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

who were awarded Upper Second Class Honours (‘2.1’). Please provide the % of 2.1s separately for each year.

[3] The percentages of students who graduated from all law-related courses (i.e. all courses with course code M1**) in the following years

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

who were awarded Lower Second Class Honours (‘2:2’). Please provide the % of 2.2s separately for each year.

Do let me know if you would like me to clarify any aspect of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Kat Ammann

Freedom of Information, University of Sussex

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Dear Ms Ammann,

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 24 July 2019.

 

Your request will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and will be answered as soon as possible and within twenty working days
following the date of receipt, i.e. by 21 August 2019.

 

If you need to contact us about your request please quote your reference
number FOI-19-0186.

 

Kind regards,

 

Information Management Team

University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton BN1 9RH

 

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Dear Ms Ammann,

 

Please find attached the University’s formal response to your recent
Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Lucy Pattenden

Information Officer

Office of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton BN1 9RH

 

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Dear University of Sussex,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Sussex's handling of my FOI request 'Degree Classifications for Law Graduates since 2010'. A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d....

The data up to and including 2018 was refused under s.21. I believe that the s.21 exemption does not apply, for the following reasons:

1) Having submitted a request for a single institution's data to HESA, I was informed that only the data for 5 years' worth of graduates (not all 10) could be provided. Further years would require an additional fee. This fee would presumably be applied to every institution I requested data for.

2) Having submitted a second custom request for data to HESA, where I requested data for a number of universities for just one year's worth of graduates (2018), I was informed that an administrative fee of £20 would be charged, as my work was to be used for the purposes of a postgraduate research project. The emails containing the quote are attached below.

3) The HESA website does not provide the information I am looking for. The closest I have come to what I am looking for is the following page: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis..., which does not provide breakdowns of degree classifications by subject, only by institution.

As proven, I cannot reasonably access the data in the public domain. The custom request to HESA cannot cover the full range of years I requested (2010 to 2019), nor does it come for free for someone in my position. I should note in advance that I have to make other requests to other universities for the same data, and that, while £20 may seem just about affordable, the cost if all institutions were to force me to submit a HESA custom request would be at least ten times this amount. For example, if I were to make ten requests, each for a year's worth of data, HESA's administrative fees alone would reach £200. This is not a reasonable sum.

I hope to hear from you soon. Do let me know if you have any further questions.

Best Regards,
Kat Ammann

Freedom of Information, University of Sussex

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Dear Mr/Ms Amman,

 

Thank you for your email dated 20 August 2019 concerning our response to
your recent request (FOI-19-0186) under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. 

 

The University is handling your email as a request for an internal review
of our original response of 20 August 2019.  In accordance with guidance
from the Information Commissioner, we will respond within 20 further
working days following the date of receipt of your request, i.e. by 18
September 2019. 

 

Please find below the updated link for the University’s Freedom of
Information internal review procedure:

[1]http://www.sussex.ac.uk/ogs/policies/inf...

 

If you need to contact us about your request please quote your reference
number FOI-19-0186.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Management Team

Office of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton BN1 9RH

 

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From: Kat Ammann <[FOI #592287 email]>
Sent: 20 August 2019 17:27
To: Freedom of Information <[University of Sussex request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Degree
Classifications for Law Graduates since 2010

 

Dear University of Sussex,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Sussex's
handling of my FOI request 'Degree Classifications for Law Graduates since
2010'. A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
[3]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d....

The data up to and including 2018 was refused under s.21. I believe that
the s.21 exemption does not apply, for the following reasons:

1) Having submitted a request for a single institution's data to HESA, I
was informed that only the data for 5 years' worth of graduates (not all
10) could be provided. Further years would require an additional fee. This
fee would presumably be applied to every institution I requested data for.

2) Having submitted a second custom request for data to HESA, where I
requested data for a number of universities for just one year's worth of
graduates (2018), I was informed that an administrative fee of £20 would
be charged, as my work was to be used for the purposes of a postgraduate
research project. The emails containing the quote are attached below.

3) The HESA website does not provide the information I am looking for. The
closest I have come to what I am looking for is the following page:
[4]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis..., which does
not provide breakdowns of degree classifications by subject, only by
institution.

As proven, I cannot reasonably access the data in the public domain. The
custom request to HESA cannot cover the full range of years I requested
(2010 to 2019), nor does it come for free for someone in my position. I
should note in advance that I have to make other requests to other
universities for the same data, and that, while £20 may seem just about
affordable, the cost if all institutions were to force me to submit a HESA
custom request would be at least ten times this amount. For example, if I
were to make ten requests, each for a year's worth of data, HESA's
administrative fees alone would reach £200. This is not a reasonable sum.

I hope to hear from you soon. Do let me know if you have any further
questions.

Best Regards,
Kat Ammann

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Dear Kat Amman

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to my internal review of
the University’s response to your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Alexandra Elliott (Miss)

Head of Information Management and Compliance

Office of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

University of Sussex

01273 678472

[1][email address]

 

Please note my working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

From: Freedom of Information
Sent: 22 August 2019 16:19
To: 'Kat Ammann' <[FOI #592287 email]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Degree
Classifications for Law Graduates since 2010 (FOI-19-0186)

 

Dear Mr/Ms Amman,

 

Thank you for your email dated 20 August 2019 concerning our response to
your recent request (FOI-19-0186) under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. 

 

The University is handling your email as a request for an internal review
of our original response of 20 August 2019.  In accordance with guidance
from the Information Commissioner, we will respond within 20 further
working days following the date of receipt of your request, i.e. by 18
September 2019. 

 

Please find below the updated link for the University’s Freedom of
Information internal review procedure:

[2]http://www.sussex.ac.uk/ogs/policies/inf...

 

If you need to contact us about your request please quote your reference
number FOI-19-0186.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Management Team

Office of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton BN1 9RH

 

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From: Kat Ammann <[4][FOI #592287 email]>
Sent: 20 August 2019 17:27
To: Freedom of Information <[5][University of Sussex request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Degree
Classifications for Law Graduates since 2010

 

Dear University of Sussex,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Sussex's
handling of my FOI request 'Degree Classifications for Law Graduates since
2010'. A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
[6]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d....

The data up to and including 2018 was refused under s.21. I believe that
the s.21 exemption does not apply, for the following reasons:

1) Having submitted a request for a single institution's data to HESA, I
was informed that only the data for 5 years' worth of graduates (not all
10) could be provided. Further years would require an additional fee. This
fee would presumably be applied to every institution I requested data for.

2) Having submitted a second custom request for data to HESA, where I
requested data for a number of universities for just one year's worth of
graduates (2018), I was informed that an administrative fee of £20 would
be charged, as my work was to be used for the purposes of a postgraduate
research project. The emails containing the quote are attached below.

3) The HESA website does not provide the information I am looking for. The
closest I have come to what I am looking for is the following page:
[7]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis..., which does
not provide breakdowns of degree classifications by subject, only by
institution.

As proven, I cannot reasonably access the data in the public domain. The
custom request to HESA cannot cover the full range of years I requested
(2010 to 2019), nor does it come for free for someone in my position. I
should note in advance that I have to make other requests to other
universities for the same data, and that, while £20 may seem just about
affordable, the cost if all institutions were to force me to submit a HESA
custom request would be at least ten times this amount. For example, if I
were to make ten requests, each for a year's worth of data, HESA's
administrative fees alone would reach £200. This is not a reasonable sum.

I hope to hear from you soon. Do let me know if you have any further
questions.

Best Regards,
Kat Ammann

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