H100 Engineering Admissions Statistics 2019-2021

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Dear Trinity College, Cambridge,

Under the FOIA, I request the following statistics about home applicants to H100 Engineering at Trinity College:

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of all applicants to the college

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of offer holders

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of unsuccessful applicants

I request this data for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 entry UCAS cycles. I wish for the distributions to include the mean, median, minimum, maximum, lower quartile and upper quartile of scores. If you are unable to provide some of this information, please include an explanation.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Granger

Dear Trinity College, Cambridge,

It has come to my attention that Trinity College has a separate at-interview assessment for H100 applicants. If at all possible, I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide similar score distributions for this assessment as well, along with the minimum and maximum possible score.

Yours faithfully,

Dennis Granger

foi, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dear Dennis Granger,

I am the Freedom of Information officer for Trinity College Cambridge, responding to your request of 31 March for statistics on engineering admissions. I must apologise for the lateness of this reply -
communication seems to have gone astray within the College.

You request data (mean, median, etc) for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 UCAS cycles, specifically

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of all applicants to the college

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of offer holders

- The distribution of ENGAA and interview scores of unsuccessful applicants

The data you request for the 2019 and 2020 cycles is on the attached spreadsheet.

The response to your supplementary request of a few days later is that the tests written at-interview are not marked - so there is no mark distribution to report upon - but the scripts are discussed in one of the interviews.

As to the current 2021 cycle, I am sorry to have to tell you that it has been decided, following the example and encouragement of the University, not to release any data, statistical or otherwise, about any aspect of application for undergraduate admission in October 2021, while the current round of assessment and decision-making is under way. This covers overall data, or data for any individual subject, from enquiries, through applications, interviews and offers, to eventual outcomes. With consideration of examination results required, and arrangements for possible late offers, the 'current round' is not expected to end until August 2021.

The reason for this decision is that piecemeal disclosure of information part-way through the current round is thought likely (here we refer to section 36(2)(c) of the FoI Act), to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, namely the applications and admissions process for the Colleges of Cambridge University, which forms a fundamental part of their mission as educational institutions. Disclosure of detailed statistics within the current round is thought likely to prejudice the fairness and confidentiality of the admissions process, which is still ongoing and under which each applicant should have the same information and each application be treated by the same process. The public interest in our maintaining the exemption under section 36(2)(c), so as to avoid this prejudice, is thought in all the circumstances to outweigh the public interest in disclosure.

We note that every year detailed information about the completed admissions cycle is published, supplementing information about previous cycles, at https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u..., and so is available equally to all potential applicants. This publication includes interactive provision of information about individual colleges and subjects, extensive tables of data, and a full report.

Should you have any queries or complaints about this reply you may write to the Junior Bursar, Mr E Knapp at Trinity College, Cambridge. Any complaint should be in writing and should set out clearly the grounds for such complaint. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome, you have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner.

With renewed apologies for the delay over this,

Yours sincerely

Chris Morley

Chris Morley, Secretary of the College Council
Trinity College Cambridge CB2 1TQ
Direct: 01223 338469
Email: [Trinity College, Cambridge request email]
Web: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/

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