Graduate Entry Medincine BMBS (A101) 2019 Admission Request

James Millar made this Freedom of Information request to University of Nottingham

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Dear University of Nottingham,

I am writing to you regarding your BMBS Graduate Entry Medicine (A101) course.
Could you please provide an Excel spreadsheet containing information on successful candidates from the 2019 cycle regarding their:

1) GAMSAT scores
2) First Degree Subject and Degree Type
3) Classification received in degree
4) Post-graduate or any other degree after their first degree containing information as in points '2' and '3'
5) Interview scores

Yours faithfully,

James Millar

Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear James

Thank you for your request for information regarding A101 Graduate Entry Medicine applications. The reference number of your request is 3785.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide information in relation to "successful candidates from the 2019 cycle" as the data requested for each of your questions would relate to an individual on a line by line basis (even if anonymised). We believe this information is exempt under section 40(2) of the Act, personal information, as disclosure would breach data protection regulations. Providing it could enable the individuals involved to be identified and these individuals would have a reasonable expectation that their information will not be disclosed.

We recognise that from the information provided here alone, it would be difficult to identify the individuals concerned. Nevertheless, under the remits of data protection regulations, we note that personal data constitutes that from which the Data Controller can identify an individual. Therefore there may be other information which you could obtain from the University, either through further Freedom of Information requests or other means, that could be used to identify the individuals here.

If you would like us to proceed with your request, we will need you to re-consider your questions to ensure they do not have implications in relation to personal information (eg how many successful candidates had previously obtained which degree classification). However, please do be aware that we may not be able to provide you with very low numbers. Where figures are less than 5 we do not specify the exact number as to do so would greatly increase the likelihood of individuals being identified, which would breach data protection regulations as these individuals have a reasonable expectation that their personal data will not be released.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to comply with your request without the clarification requested above.

We will respond to your request within twenty working days from the date of receiving this clarification.

I hope that this is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Page

Information Compliance Officer – Freedom of Information
Registrar’s Department

Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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Dear University of Nottingham,

I understand your position, I will then re-phrase the request as below in aim to reduce the amount of information given about each candidate. In the event that this updated request is unacceptable, please can you be more specific in what criteria breaches anonymity of candidates. If however you find this request suitable, there is no need to clarify any breach of confidential information.

Please could you submit an excel sheet detailing the following for the 2019/2020 A101 admissions:

1) GAMSAT scores (Overall and individual section scores)
2) Classification received in degree (Do not include degree type i.e. Biology, Biomedical Science etc.).
3) Invited to interview

Yours faithfully,

James Millar

Yours sincerely,

James Millar

Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear James

Thank you for clarifying your request for information. The reference number of your request is 3787.

We will aim to respond to your request within twenty working days. Please note this is calculated from the following working day from receipt of your clarification.

Please be aware that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and following Government advice, the University is moving to online teaching and staff are working remotely, this may mean that access to some information held locally or on certain systems may not be readily available at this time.

Where it becomes clear that the information you have requested is not available due to the current situation, we will of course write to you and advise you of this.

I hope that this is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Page

Information Compliance Officer – Freedom of Information
Registrar’s Department

Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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Dear James

I am writing further to your request for information regarding A101 Graduate Entry Medicine applications. A search of our electronic and paper records has been completed and I can confirm that the information requested is held by the University.

In answer to your request:

Please could you submit an excel sheet detailing the following for the 2019/2020 A101 admissions:

1) GAMSAT scores (Overall and individual section scores)

The anonymised data we are able to provide is attached.

2) Classification received in degree (Do not include degree type i.e. Biology, Biomedical Science etc.).

We estimate that the cost of complying with this part of your request would exceed the appropriate limit as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The reason
for this is that many of the applicants would have been completing degrees at the time of application and to obtain that data would mean going through all the applications for that year.
The Act sets a maximum cost of £450 for public authorities responding to requests for information. This represents the estimated cost of one person working for 3.5 days in
determining whether the information is held, locating it, and retrieving it. Under Section 12 of the Act the University is not obliged to comply with a request that would
exceed the appropriate limit and we will not be processing this part of your request further.

However, we can confirm that all applicants must have achieved at least a 2:2 honours degree in any subject. We would also accept a first degree with a 3rd classification provided applicants were studying a higher degree (ie Masters or PhD) and completed it with a pass.

3) Invited to interview

There were 435 applicants invited to interview for 2019 entry.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled and wish to request a review of our response or to make a complaint, please see the attached information sheet and form.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely,
Karen Page

Information Compliance Officer – Freedom of Information
Registrar’s Department

Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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