Dental Hygiene and Therapy Interview process

Khaulah Malik made this Freedom of Information request to Queen Mary University of London

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Dear Queen Mary, University of London,

I would like to ask for some information from last year's UCAS cycle (2017 entry) for the dental hygiene and therapy course.

1) Can I get a list of criteria that the interviewers looked at during the interview to determine a candidate’s suitability?

2) How was the interview scored? Was it a score out of 10 by each interviewer or anything along those lines?

3) Please can you provide a copy of the interview form that is used in the MMIs for the dental hygiene and therapy course to assess candidates. This request is applicable to 2017 entry. I
would kindly like to request a copy of the form used in each of the MMI stations.

I found online, some old questions that were used in 2014 interview for dental hygiene and therapy, stating that MMI style of interview was used. Will a similar situation will be applied for 2018 entry. If so may I also ask,

1) For 2018 entry, how many MMI stations will be used in the interview?

2) For 2018 entry, will there be any rest stations in the MMIs?

3) For 2018 entry, how many minutes will each station last for?

4) For 2018, (1) how many applicants applied, (2) how many will be interviewed and (3) how many offers will be given?

5) For 2018 entry, how many places are you offering on the Dental Hygiene and Therapy course?

6) For 2018 entry, will there be an element to the interview where applicants have to watch a film clip and comment?

Thank you very much

Yours faithfully,

Khaulah Malik

Queen Mary, University of London FOI, Queen Mary University of London

We acknowledge receipt of your request and will respond as soon as we can.

QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

FOI 2018/F118

 

Dear Khaulah Malik,

 

Thank you for your email of 30^th March.

 

I am pleased to provide the following answers in response.

 

1. Although we hold this information and the interview form used, I am
afraid that I cannot supply this to you. This is because we believe this
information is exempt under s.43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
If we release this detailed information to the world at large, we believe
it would compromise future MMI stations and the integrity of the
assessments for each station. In addition, this information could be
useful to our competitors who run similar programmes. If they use this to
improve their own recruitment and selection methods, the result may be
that these competitor institutions attract more applicants and enrol
better quality students who may otherwise have come to QMUL. This
detriment to us would be likely to prejudice our commercial interests
because better quality candidates are more likely to complete the
programme and raise the standard of our graduates, which increases our
reputation and makes it more likely that we will attract more and higher
calibre applicants in future. It is clearly important that universities
maximise their ability to attract and enrol students of the highest
quality.

 

This exemption is subject to the public interest test. On the one hand
there is a public interest in transparency of the public authority and
of the application process. However, as this information could have the
detrimental impact explained, we do not believe there is a public interest
in disclosing it. HEIs compete with each other, particularly for students
(in high-demand subject areas especially) and for sources of funding.
In financially tough times and while receiving less and less from the
public purse, it is crucial that Queen Mary can perform without
imperilling its recruitment or finances and attract and select the best
students in such a competitive environment. Entry criteria are fully
explained on our website. On balance we therefore believe that the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosing the information.

 

2. As each station has its own marking criteria all stations are scored
with these scores being converted to a percentage score for each station.

 

3. Please see our answer to 1 above.

 

1) For 2018 entry, how many MMI stations will be used in the interview?

Eleven.

 

2) For 2018 entry, will there be any rest stations in the MMIs?

Yes, one.

 

3) For 2018 entry, how many minutes will each station last for?

5 minutes + 1 minute for reading the guidance notes for each station.

 

4) For 2018, (1) how many applicants applied, (2) how many will be
interviewed and (3) how many offers will be given?  

596 applied, with 70 offered for interview. 10 offers will be made.

 

5) For 2018 entry, how many places are you offering on the Dental Hygiene
and Therapy course?

Ten.

 

6) For 2018 entry, will there be an element to the interview where
applicants have to watch a film clip and comment?

Yes.

 

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Yours sincerely

                 

Paul Smallcombe

Records & Information Compliance Manager

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