Degree outcomes of overseas students

Mark Carver made this Freedom of Information request to University College London

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Dear University College London,

I am interested in any relationship between language proficiency scores and final degree classification for overseas undergraduates who may or may not have taken a pre-sessional programme. I would like to analyse this at student level so please anonymise each individual’s data but do not provide aggregates (e.g. if there are 5 management students who entered with IELTS 7.0 and got a 2.1 degree, I want this listed with a line for each).
For each student enrolled in the 2012/3 year I would like to know:

Nationality
Gender
Programme title (JACS code)
Language requirement IELTS band for the programme
IELTS band (or TOEFL/PTE score if applicable) attained on entry
Whether the student enrolled on a pre-sessional programme or entered their undergraduate programme directly.
Pre-sessional grade (if applicable).
Final degree classification (or, if available, average percentage from modules in each year of study) or alternative outcome, e.g. withdrawn from studies, transferred university, etc.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Carver

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Mr Carver,

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

I can confirm that UCL holds information relevant to your request, please
see below for our response.

 

Q1) I am interested in any relationship between language proficiency
scores and final degree classification for overseas undergraduates who may
or may not have taken a pre-sessional programme. I would like to analyse
this at student level so please anonymise each individual’s data but do
not provide aggregates (e.g. if there are 5 management students who
entered with IELTS 7.0 and got a 2.1 degree, I want this listed with a
line for each).

 

For each student enrolled in the 2012/3 year I would like to know:

 

·         Nationality

·         Gender

·         Programme title (JACS code)

·         Language requirement IELTS band for the programme IELTS band (or
TOEFL/PTE score if applicable) attained on entry

·         Whether the student enrolled on a pre-sessional programme or
entered their undergraduate programme directly.

·         Pre-sessional grade (if applicable).

·         Final degree classification (or, if available, average
percentage from modules in each year of study) or alternative outcome,
e.g. withdrawn from studies, transferred university, etc.

 

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other than the requester), if revealing it would breach the principles of
the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The DPA prevents personal information
from disclosure if it would be unfair or at odds with the reason why it
was collected, or where the subject had officially served notice that
releasing it would cause them damage or distress. It is the First Data
Protection Principle concerned with the fair and lawful processing of
personal data which is of issue in this instance.

 

Although there are no identifiable details within the data being
disclosed, that data may be used by ‘motivated intruders’ and other
knowledgeable third parties to identify particular students as part of a
jigsaw-effect. This is where strands of data available to an individual
can be put together to create personal data not in the public domain.
There would be no expectation that this type of information would be
disclosed to the wider public and it would be considered unfair to do so.

 

It is for these reasons that this information is exempt under section
40(2) of the Act.

 

Please note that the pre-sessional grade is not applicable.

 

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