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Nikolas von Anderswo

Dear University College London,

I would like to to request the admissions statistics for: BA European Social and Political Studies (application cycles 2014,2015,2016,2017,2017,2018,2019 and 2020)
and BA International Social and Political Studies ((all)application cycles: 2019,2020)

Can you please provide the precise data for the following inquiries :
1. Number of Applications for ESPS and ISPS (specifically for 2019 and 2020)
2. Number of applicants who received an invitation to the assessment day
2.1. Number of applicants living outside of Europe but qualified for the assessment day and therefore underwent an alternative assessment instead of attending the assessment day in London and sitting the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) exam.

3. Every ESPS and ISPS applicant’s exact score achieved in the Thinking Skills Assessment in each year.
3.1 The approximate score threshold set for each TSA exam that a candidate must meet to receive an offer in the given year
4. The TSA score of every candidate who received an offer for ESPS and ISPS. And if possible the TSA scores of the students who achieved and accepted their offer

Yours faithfully,

Nikolas

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Nikolas von Anderswo

Dear University College London,

I would appreciate if you could reply to my Freedom of Information request wirh no further delay.

Yours faithfully,

Nikolas von Anderswo

Nikolas von Anderswo

Dear University College London,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University College London's handling of my FOI request 'European Social and Political Studies & International Social and Political Studies Admissions statistics'.

I submitted my request on the 9th of July 2020, it was announced that the response would be delayed by the 7th of August. However I still have not received any information whatsoever, it's been almost two months since I made the request. I understand that due to the Covid-situation staff and resources have to be allocated to different areas, yet other FOI requests have been answered in the meantime. I would appreciate if you could reply to my request, thank you in advance!

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Nikolas von Anderswo

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Nikolas von Anderswo

Dear University College London,

Since your response is long overdue and past the deadline required by the law I am requesting an internal review

Yours faithfully,

Nikolas von Anderswo

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Mr von Anderswo,

I acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London

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Dear Mr Anderswo,

 

Please find attached the response to a request for an internal review.

 

Kind Regards

 

Fiona

 

 

Fiona Ryland

Chief Operating Officer - UCL

Tel: +44(0)20 3108 8897

UCL internal: x 58897

 

EA: Louise Moore, [email address]

 

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Nikolas von Anderswo

Dear University College London,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University College London's handling of my FOI request 'European Social and Political Studies & International Social and Political Studies Admissions statistics'.

Your last internal review response stated:" We are grateful for your forbearance and hope to be able to provide you with a response to your Request for Information towards the end of October 2020.”
It is November and you have not provided a response tom FOI made 4 months ago .
By law, under all circumstances you should have responded by now, there is simply no justification for your refusal to provide the information requested.
I demand that you provide the relevant information in the following days.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Nikolas von Anderswo

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Nikolas

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 9^th July 2020. 
Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for information about admission statistics for UCL’s ESPS and ISPS
programmes.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information is provided embedded in
your request below.  

 

We are exempt from providing certain information, where this applies this
is also explained below.  However, rather than refusing your request at
this stage, we would like to explore with you how UCL may best assist you
and have suggested ways in which you may wish to rephrase your request.

 

From our preliminary assessment we estimate that compliance with some
aspects of your request may exceed the appropriate costs limit under
Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which is currently set
at £450 (equivalent to 18 hours work) by virtue of the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004.  Where we do not hold a central record for certain information, we
are in the process of establishing how long it will take to locate that
information.  Where the cost limit would be exceeded we are exempt from
providing the information unless you agree to pay the additional cost.
   Please let us know if you would be prepared to meet our costs and we
let you have an estimate for the time it will take to search for this
information.

 

Your Request

 

I would like to request the admissions statistics for:  

o BA European  Social and Political Studies (application cycles
2014,2015,2016,2017,2017,2018,2019 and 2020)
o BA International Social and Political Studies ((all) application
cycles: 2019,2020)

 

Can you please provide the precise data for the following inquiries  :

1.       Number of Applications for ESPS and ISPS (specifically for 2019
and 2020)

We do not have a central record of applications from before 2018

BA ESPS Number of Applications
2019 entry 126
2020 entry 154

 

BA ISPS Number of Applications
2019 entry 202
2020 entry 246

 

2.       Number of applicants who received an invitation to the assessment
day :

We do not have a central record of all individuals invited to assessment,
but if you would like to rephrase your request, we would be able to
provide numbers that actually attended.   

2.1.  Number of applicants living outside of Europe but  qualified for the
assessment day and therefore underwent an alternative assessment instead
of attending the assessment day in London and sitting the Thinking Skills
Assessment (TSA) exam.

We do not have a central record of applicants who attended overseas
assessment days.

 

3.       Every ESPS and ISPS applicant’s exact score achieved in the
Thinking Skills Assessment in each year.

3.1.  The approximate score threshold set for each TSA  exam that  a
candidate must meet to receive an offer in the given year

4.       The TSA score of every candidate who received an offer for ESPS
and ISPS. And if possible the TSA scores of the students who achieved and
accepted their offer

 

With regards to parts 3 and 4 of your request, we are unable to provide
scores by candidates, even on an anonymised basis.  This is because these
are personal data of the individual or, if linked with other personal
identifiers in the public domain, would be likely to identify the
individual.  This type of information is exempt from disclosure under
Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act by virtue of Section
40(3)(a)(i).

 

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information from a response to a request under the FOIA when the
information requested is personal data relating to someone other than the
requester, and its disclosure would breach any of the Data Protection
principles.  In this case, we believe that the disclosure of the scores of
individual candidates would not be within their reasonable expectations
and as such would be unfair and in breach of the first Data Protection
principle which requires personal data to be processed fairly and
lawfully.  As the Section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no
need to conduct a public interest test. 

 

If you would like to rephrase parts 3 and 4 of your request, we may be
able to provide you with average scores.

 

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Janine

 

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University College London

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