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Grading Scale for Application Profile Submitted to Masters Courses

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Dear University College London,

As per the Freedom of Information, I would like to request that you provide the following information: the grading scale you use for scoring each component, including academic grades, home institution reputation, research/internship experience, references, CV, GRE/GMAT, language qualifications, personal statement, etc., of an application profile to reach a final decision on whether it should be offered a place. The grading scale can be liaised between departments housed within University College London, or a general one for all departments; however, the first option is preferred. If possible, please provide a detailed grading form as an attachment to the request.

Thank you for your time and effort invested in responding to my request.

Yours faithfully,

Shumeng Wang

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Thorley, Sarah, University College London

Dear Shumeng Wang

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request of 5 March 2020. You
asked:

 

As per the Freedom of Information, I would like to request that you
provide the following information: the grading scale you use for scoring
each component, including academic grades, home institution reputation,
research/internship experience, references, CV, GRE/GMAT, language
qualifications, personal statement, etc., of an application profile to
reach a final decision on whether it should be offered a place. The
grading scale can be liaised between departments housed within University
College London, or a general one for all departments; however, the first
option is preferred. If possible, please provide a detailed grading form
as an attachment to the request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request. However, from our preliminary assessment, we
estimate that compliance with your request would 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.

 

Section 12(1) states that:

 

“Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request
for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
the request would exceed the appropriate limit.”

 

We estimate that to determine whether we hold the requested information
and then to locate, retrieve and extract it, would take longer than 18
hours to complete. This is largely because (i) the information you have
asked for differs across each course and department of the university and
for undergraduate and post graduate entry, (ii) the information is not
centrally administered or set and (iii) the information is accessible via
multiple electronic sources that require manual manipulation. All these
factors contribute towards making your request a complex one to meet.

 

We provide 445 courses and we conservatively estimate that it would take
between 10 minutes and 1 hour to find the information for each course.  As
such we estimate the fee for providing the information (based on the ICO’s
guidance) would be between £1,850 and £11,125.

 

If you would like to pay the fee for us to handle the request please let
us know and we will draw up an agreement.

 

In accordance with section 12(1) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this
email acts as a Refusal Notice.

 

Should you wish to refine your request to a specific course, or courses or
a school within the university would be pleased to assist. If you would
let us know whether you would prefer undergraduate or postgraduate courses
that would also assist us to provide you with a response.

 

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01625 545700

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[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Sarah Thorley

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

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FOI: [6][UCL request email].

 

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Dear Thorley, Sarah,

Thank you for responding to my request. Further to your clarification, I would like you to publish the said grading scale for UCL School of Management masters course, especially the MSc in Management, MSc in Finance, and MSc in Business Analytics with Specialisation in Management.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Shumeng Wang

Thorley, Sarah, University College London

Dear Shumeng Wang

 

Thank you for your request of 8 April.

 

You asked: I would like you to publish the said grading scale for UCL
School of Management masters course, especially the MSc in Management, MSc
in Finance, and MSc in Business Analytics with Specialisation in
Management.

 

The information is available at:
[1]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/academic-manual/ch....

 

As this information is reasonably accessible to you we have applied
section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act to exempt us from providing
it to you ourselves.  

 

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example publishing
or issuing copies to the public requires permission of the copyright
owner.

 

If you are unhappy with our response and wish to request a review of our
decision, please email [2][email address]. Emails should include the
words ‘Internal Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of
the Chief Operating Officer, alternatively you can write to:

 

Chief Operating Officer

University College London

Gower Street

London

WC1E 6BT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner at the address given below.
You should do this within two months of our final decision. (Please note,
complaints and requests for internal review received more than two months
after the initial decision will not be handled.)

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this email and including the request reference number.

 

Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

 

01625 545700

[3]www.ico.org.uk

[4][email address]

 

Kind regards

Sarah

 

Sarah Thorley

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

Data Protection: [5][email address] FOI: [6][UCL request email]

 

 

 

 

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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Shumeng Wang

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 8^th April 2020. 
Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for the following information on the grading scale used for
scoring each component of UCL’s School of Management, especially UCL’s MSc
in Finance and MSc in Business Analytics with Specialisation in
Management.

 

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

 

Your Request:

I would like you to publish the grading scale you use for scoring each
component, including academic grades, home institution reputation
research/internship experience, references, CV, GRE/GMAT, language 
qualifications, personal statement, etc., of an application profile to 
reach a final decision on whether it should be offered a place. The 
grading scale can be liaised between UCL School of Management masters
course, especially the MSc in Management, MSc in Finance, and MSc in
Business Analytics with Specialisation in Management.

 

The three different programmes you have requested information about have
their own methods of assessment that would not necessary be shared between
them.

 

With regards to the MSc in Management programme, UCL do not score all of
the elements mentioned in your request separately – each application is
looked at holistically, therefore we do not have a grading scale for each
of the requested components.  There is an element of academic ranking,
however, this is based on the Times Higher Education institution global
rankings rather than something UCL does in-house. The only thing UCL
scores is an applicant’s video interview which is based on the Programme
Director’s academic judgement of an applicant’s answer to the two
questions UCL poses to them.

 

The MSc in Finance programme has the same approach as above -we do not
require GMAT or GRE scores.  UCL also considers applicants with a standard
level of English test.  An applicant’s online interview plays an important
part in the application process and is usually the reason why one
candidate receives an offer and another doesn’t.

 

The MSc in Business Analytics with Specialisation in Management programme
has not run in that format or with that title for two years.  There were
previously two routes of this programme; Computer Science and Management
Science.  The Computer Science route was closed in 2018 and the Management
Science route continued but without the Specialisation suffix (it is now
the only option so does not need to be distinguished).  This programme
also has the same approach as the MSc in Finance programme above.

 

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example by publishing or issuing copies to the public, will require the
permission of the copyright owner.

 

If you are unhappy with our response to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please email
[1][email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal
Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Chief
Operating Officer, alternatively you should write to:

 

Chief Operating Officer

University College London

Gower Street

London

WC1E 6BT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner at the address given below.
You should do this within two months of our final decision. (Please note,
complaints and requests for internal review received more than two months
after the initial decision will not be handled.)

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this email and including the request reference number.

 

Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

 

01625 545700

[2]www.ico.org.uk

[3][email address]

 

Kind regards

Janine

 

 

Janine Small

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

Data Protection: [4][email address] FOI: [5][UCL request email]

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