Dear University of Southampton,

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

Support, University of Southampton

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Dear Kat Ammann,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of request: 24-07-2019 11:01:40 BST
Due date: 21-08-2019 11:01:40 BST
Ref: RITM0206687

Acknowledgement of request for information

Thank you for your request for information dated 24-07-2019 11:01:40 BST,
a copy of which is appended hereto for your ease of reference.

The University will endeavour to respond as soon as practicable and in any
event by 21-08-2019 11:01:40 BST. The reference for your request is
[2]RITM0206687: please quote this reference in any future correspondence
regarding this request.

Requested information:

Dear University of Southampton, 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

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 
Ref:MSG8247744

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Dear University of Southampton,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Southampton'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 FOIA 2000 (information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means). However, 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.

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.

Yours faithfully,

Kat Ammann

Support, University of Southampton

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[1]University of Southampton

Dear Kat Ammann,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of request: 23-08-2019 14:37:51 BST
Due date: 23-09-2019 14:37:51 BST
Ref: RITM0213769

Acknowledgement of request for information

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event by 23-09-2019 14:37:51 BST. The reference for your request is
[2]RITM0213769: please quote this reference in any future correspondence
regarding this request.

Requested information:

Dear University of Southampton, Please pass this on to the person who
conducts Freedom of Information reviews. I am writing to request an
internal review of University of Southampton'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://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo....
The data up to and including 2018 was refused under s.21 FOIA 2000
(information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means).
However, 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. 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://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...,
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. Yours faithfully, Kat Ammann

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Office

email: [University of Southampton request email]

 
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