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FOI request: Number of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students

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To whom it may concern,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my enquiry as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you would contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

I would like to find out the number of people who define their ethnicity as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (or equivalent) who are accepted to study at the university each academic year. I would also like to discover whether these figures have changed over the past 10 years.

As such, could the following information please be made available:

a) The number of people who define their ethnicity as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (or equivalent) who applied to study at the university each year for entry in the academic years 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019.

b) The overall number of people who applied to study at the university each year for entry in the academic years 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019. I would like these figures broken down by ethnicity.

c) The number of people who define their ethnicity as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (or equivalent) who were accepted to study at the university each year for entry in the academic years 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019.

d) b) The overall number of people accepted to study at the university each year for entry in the academic years 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019. I would like these figures broken down by ethnicity.

Where possible, I would like all application/ acceptance figures to be broken down by undergraduate/ postgraduate study.

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you would confirm in writing that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,

Jasmin Gray

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Gray,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 09/08/2018.

In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, without altering the 'Subject:' line, so that we can track your input and respond promptly. (Ref. IMPS#02232).

Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Ms Gray, 

 

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

 

We can confirm that we do hold the information specified in your request.
Our responses are given below each limb of your request in blue.

 

Note A:

Some information requested below has been withheld under section 40(2) of
FOIA. This applies to numbers that are small enough to potentially
identify individuals, and where this applies this has been indicated using
<=4.

 

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA when the information requested is personal data
relating to someone other than the requestor, and its disclosure would
breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case we believe that
the disclosure of information in respect of potentially identifiable
individuals 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.

 

Note B:

This information is exempt from disclosure by virtue of FOI S.43(2) –
prejudice to the commercial interests of the University. This exemption
applies because the information is both sensitive and commercial, and the
disclosure of it would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of
the University. Using the FOI s43 exemption requires the University to
undertake a public interest test which we have detailed below.

The University appreciates that there is an inherent public interest in
ensuring openness, transparency and accountability around spending of
budgets, anticipated student numbers, number of applicants, planned
expenditure, marketing strategies and the performance of our public
functions (teaching and learning) as a whole. The University also
recognises that active competition in an open market can bring benefits to
consumers of services, for example prospective students, which may be in
the public interest.

However, the public interest in disclosure needs to be balanced against
the public interest in withholding the information. In this case
disclosure of this information may prejudice the University’s position in
the highly competitive marketplace of student recruitment, marketing
strategies and communications and engagement by revealing commercially
sensitive information to rival universities and organisations. Undermining
the University’s position in this way would in turn be likely to have a
detrimental impact on its commercial revenue. Such an impact would
prejudice the core business functions of the University and even undermine
its ability to fulfil its role, which is not in the public interest. As
such, the balance of public interest tips in favour of withholding this
information from disclosure, we do acknowledge that commercial
sensitivities can diminish over time and have taken this into account
hence we have provided data for the less recent years requested.

 

We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
[1]www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information-policy

 

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:

 

Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Email: [2][email address]

 

 

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer

 

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH

[3][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   
[4]www.reading.ac.uk/foia

 

 

 

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