Dear University of Greenwich,

I would like to request the following information:

[1] The percentages of students who graduated from all of your 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 all of your 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 of your 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

Lucy Fincham, University of Greenwich

Dear Ms Ammann

In response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we will not be providing you with this information, although we hold it, because we are applying an exemption, which can be found at section 21 of the Act, and which relates to information which is accessible elsewhere. You can get this information from HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency; you will need to make a request to them for the information, and their contact details can be found on their website here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/ .

This is an absolute exemption, not subject to the public interest test. You may of course find it easier and more straightforward to get information for all the universities you are interested in from HESA, as you would be getting it from one source and it would be consistent.

This letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

If you are unhappy with this response, please detail your complaints in writing and send to the University Secretary, Peter Garrod, University of Greenwich, Park Row, London SE10 9LS ([email address] ).

If you are still not happy with our response after this internal review has taken place, you also have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF (www.ico.org.uk ).

Yours sincerely

Lucy Fincham
Information Compliance Manager
University of Greenwich
Vice-Chancellor's Office
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row, Greenwich
London SE10 9LS

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Dear University of Greenwich,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Greenwich'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

Peter Garrod, University of Greenwich

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Dear Kat Ammann

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request for an
internal review of the handling of your recent FOI request.

 

Yours sincerely,

Peter Garrod

 

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Peter Garrod

University Secretary

University of Greenwich

Queen Anne Court

Old Royal Naval College

Park Row

Greenwich SE10 9LS

 

Telephone: +44(0)208 331 8860 | E-mail: [1][email address]

EA: Looqman Patni – [2][email address

 

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registered in England (reg. no. 986729). Registered office: Old Royal
Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS.

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