Economics & Management 2019 Entry

Rohan Chadha made this Freedom of Information request to University of Oxford

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Dear University of Oxford,

Could you please provide me with this information regarding Economics and Management applicants for 2019 entry or deferred entry in 2020 for the following as one spreadsheet so I can scroll across to see each applicant's grades, scores, and outcome:

4. The GCSE grades of each applicant
5. The predicted A Level grades of each applicant
6. The GCSE/A Level School type of each applicant - state, grammar or private
7. The contextualised GCSE score of each applicant
8. Indicate whether each applicant had extenuating circumstances or not
9. Indicate whether the applicant was applying for deferred entry in 2019 or not
10. Indicate whether the applicant was a Home, EU or international applicant
11. TSA Section 1 Score of each applicant
12. TSA Section 2 Score of each applicant
13. Indicate whether each applicant was shortlisted for interview
14. Interview Scores of each applicant
15. The college applied to by each applicant
16. The college that made an offer/rejection to each applicant

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Chadha

FOI, University of Oxford

Dear Mr Chadha,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request.

We shall endeavour to send you a substantive response no later than the statutory deadline of 5 March 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Information Compliance Team
Council Secretariat | University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

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FOI, University of Oxford

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Dear Rohan Chadha,

 

Please find attached a response to your email of 5/2/19.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Compliance Team

[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D1EE5C.F855F5C0 Council Secretariat | University  
of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington
Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response. Can I please have the six points you identified in your letter shared with me as one excel document (I should be able to see in one ROW an anonymised applicant number, GCSEs, predicted grades, type of school, deferred entry, international students, college applied to and offers made).

Yours sincerely,

Rohan Chadha

FOI, University of Oxford

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Dear Rohan Chadha,

 

Please find attached a response to your email of 12 February 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Compliance Team

[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D1EE5C.F855F5C0 Council Secretariat | University  
of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington
Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

 

 

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Dear FOI,

This is the second time I have received data for E&M 2019 entry which is frankly unhelpful in this way. The following two links below are an example of PPE 2019 entry data which both show TSA1 and TSA2 alongside whether that candidate was made an offer, open offer, deferred. I simply cannot understand how data in this format and for this subject is available (notice in the first link the response is still unsatisfactory) yet, for E&M it is not. As has been pointed out in that first link below, the sheer number of candidates with the same Predicted Grades and GCSEs means putting the data on one sheet in a row including school type, interview scores, TSA scores and offer/rejection makes it impossible for the privacy or identity of a candidate to be revealed. Therefore, can you please provide the E&M 2019 entry data in a more useful way as outlined above.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours sincerely,

Rohan Chadha

FOI, University of Oxford

Dear Rohan Chadha,

I write to acknowledge your request of 25 February for a review of the University’s response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The University’s aim is to respond to internal review requests within 20 working days. Our target therefore is to send you a substantive response by 25 March 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Information Compliance Team
Council Secretariat | University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

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FOI, University of Oxford

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Dear Mr Chadha,

 

Please find attached an internal review conducted by the Head of
Information Compliance.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Compliance Team

[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D1EE5C.F855F5C0 Council Secretariat | University  
of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington
Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Having read you letter I would frankly fail to see how providing a candidate's Type of School, TSA scores, Interview Scores, Offer/No Offer will divulge their personal privacy so I would like to request data on one excel tab of these four pieces of data for Economics & Management 2019 entry. This does not include nationality, GCSEs or A level predictions so the data I have requested in this new format should be more than acceptable.

I would also like to draw your attention to the request made below for PPE 2019 entry where the requester received her data in tabs but was at least given TSA scores on one tab and Interview Scores WITH Offer Y/N on another tab and I still have had nothing like this for E&M.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours sincerely,

Rohan Chadha

FOI, University of Oxford

Dear Rohan Chadha,

I can confirm that the University is now in a position to provide all of the data you have requested, including TSA and Interview scores. However, we will continue to provide data in the format adopted in previous responses to you; that is to say, we will disclose each set of data in a separate sheet in the Excel document. This is to ensure compliance with our data protection obligations, as described to you previously. With this in mind, please confirm whether you would still like to submit this request.

I note your reference to Dr Green's request in January of this year. We have recently reviewed our disclosure policies and, in order to better protect the personal data of individual applicants, will no longer be disclosing admissions data in this format.

Yours sincerely,

Information Compliance Team
Council Secretariat | University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

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Dear FOI,

It is great to hear the university now has all the data in a centralised form, after offers and decisions have been made. I have changed my request to only TSA scores, interview scores, type of school and offer/rejection which certainly complies with your data protection obligations because from your previous replies you said it was possible to identify candidates with this data AND their nationality, GCSEs and A level predictions. As I am not enquiring about the last three I see no possible reason for why my new request should not suffice your data protection obligations - no privacy of any candidate is compromised in such a way.

I am sure you can understand that wishing to provide data in a separate sheet in an Excel document is a futile exercise as one would never be able to tell what the general TSA or interview scores were that received offers.

Yours sincerely,

Rohan Chadha

FOI, University of Oxford

Dear Mr Chadha,

Thank you for your email. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify our position on disclosing TSA scores for the most recent round of applications. To reiterate our position, our concern with the disclosure of TSA scores in the manner you request is based on the possibility of linking TSA scores to the outcome of the applicant’s application. We believe that there is a risk that individuals with prior knowledge of the applicant could use the information to ascertain whether or not the applicant was offered a place at Oxford. An applicant would not reasonably expect this information to be made public under the FOIA without his or her consent, and as such disclosure of this information would be contrary to their reasonable and legitimate expectations that we process their data fairly and lawfully.

We are willing to disclose the success rates of applicants based on their interview scores, but I can confirm that we will maintain our position against providing the success rates of TSA scores for this admissions cycle. The data would therefore be provided in the format used previously.

With this in mind, please confirm whether you would like to submit this request.

Yours sincerely,

Information Compliance Team
Council Secretariat | University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

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Dear FOI,

So can we just be crystal clear on this - you are telling me that with 1500+ people taking the TSA for E&M with a range of 50 different possible scores that I will be able to "ascertain whether or not the applicant was offered a place at Oxford". With my TSA scores I think the sheer volume of candidates with a similar score alone will make it impossible for me to even spot my own application. As you will see in the link below for an FOI request for PPE admissions 2019 in January Ms Vitanova has been given the TSA1 and TSA2 scores of those candidates shortlisted WITH offer/ deferred offer/open offer/reject in the column next to it. I would please like this for E&M (which I asked for in January too, before you come back with your claim that you have reviewed your policy since then).

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

I am happy to accept "the success rates of applicants based on their interview scores" for all colleges and I urge you to reconsider your position on the revealing of TSA scores one, because of the huge amount of precedent both this year and in the past but, two, because such a refusal to reveal this data would seem to suggest an attempt to cover up the link between TSA scores and offers at Oxford.

Yours sincerely,

Rohan Chadha

Dear FOI,

I would like to remind the university that by law the response to my FOI request above should have been given promptly by the 17th April, as this has now passed may I have please have the data as requested above provided as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Rohan Chadha