Information on the application process to the undergraduate law course.

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George Mounokoliavitz

Dear Durham University,

Please provide the following information regarding the Law (M100 or M101) undergraduate course at your university. If variants of this course are available (such as Law with another subject or Law with a year of study abroad), please exclude them from your response.

[1] The number of candidates enrolled in the law course at the start of the following academic years: 2018, 2017, 2016.

[2] The percentage of UK-domiciled, EU-domiciled, and International candidates enrolled in the law course at the start of the following academic years: 2018, 2017, 2016.

[3] The offer rate for the law course for the following application cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016.

[4] The number of students who were offered a place on Results Day despite missing the terms of their conditional offers.

[4A] An anonymised list of all of the A-level, IB, or other final graduation grades of the students who missed their conditional offers but who were nonetheless offered a place. This list should contain a separate entry or row for each candidate.

[5] Whether the university’s law course has entered into the UCAS Clearing process during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016.

[5A] If so, the number of law offers given to candidates through Clearing in each of these admissions cycles.

[6] Whether the university’s law course has received applications through the UCAS Extra process during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016.

[6A] If so, the number of law offers given to candidates through Extra in each of these admissions cycles.

[7] Whether the university’s law course has participated in the UCAS Adjustment process during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016.

[7A] If so, the number of law offers given to candidates through Adjustment in each of these admissions cycles.

[8] Whether the university has offered candidates a lower ‘contextual’ offer during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016.

[8A] If so, the number of contextual offers given to candidates in each of these admissions cycles.

Yours faithfully,

George Mounokoliavitz

ACCESS I., Durham University

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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Mr Mounokoliavitz

 

Colleagues have asked me to get in touch with you to request clarification
in relation to your request below.  Specifically, they would be grateful
if you could clarify the following:-

 

We are unable to provide raw data on applicants’ grades.  Summarised data
could be provided as an alternative.  If you would like summarised data,
please provide more detail on what form this should take.  For example, we
can provide data on the number of applicants and offer holders with a
given combination of predicted A level grades (e.g. A*AA), or a points
equivalent.  We can provide similar data about IB.  However, it will
generally not be possible to provide summary data on equivalent
qualifications as we do not hold data on their equivalence conversion.
 Note that all responses will follow the HESA Rounding Strategy.

 

Could you confirm if you would like to receive grouped or summarised
results, and if so, how you would like us to do this?

 

Your request will be placed on hold until we receive the requested
clarification from you.  If however we do not receive clarification within
30 days of this email we will consider the request closed.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Unit

Durham University

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George Mounokoliavitz

Dear ACCESS I.,

I would be more than happy to receive summarised data. Please provide that data as a single grade (e.g. AAA and A*A*A would be 'summarised' as A*AA).

Yours sincerely,

George Mounokoliavitz

ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Mr Mounokoliavitz

 

Thank you for your request for information from Durham University. 
Colleagues have provided the information below in response to your
questions.

 

Please provide the following information regarding the Law (M100 or M101)
undergraduate course at your university. If variants of this course are
available (such as Law with another subject or Law with a year of study
abroad), please exclude them from your response. (You confirmed that you
would be more than happy to receive summarised data).

 

[1] The number of candidates enrolled in the law course at the start of
the following academic years: 2018, 2017, 2016.

The data is provided from our 1st December census date and those in Yr 1
will be the new entrants to the course.

 

Academic year Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Total
2016-17 292 208 181 681
2017-18 299 281 181 761
2018-19 305 284 275 864

 

[2] The percentage of UK-domiciled, EU-domiciled, and International
candidates enrolled in the law course at the start of the following
academic years: 2018, 2017, 2016.

Academic Year Domicile-UK-EU-Int Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Total
EU 8.90% 9.13% 4.42% 7.78%
2016-17 International 36.30% 35.58% 23.20% 32.60%
UK 54.79% 55.29% 72.38% 59.62%
EU 7.36% 8.90% 9.39% 8.41%
2017-18 International 36.45% 35.59% 37.02% 36.27%
UK 56.19% 55.52% 53.59% 55.32%
EU 4.26% 7.39% 9.82% 7.06%
2018-19 International 34.75% 35.92% 35.64% 35.42%
UK 60.98% 56.69% 54.55% 57.52%

 

[3] The offer rate for the law course for the following application
cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016.

In our response we have only considered applicants who applied to and
received an offer for M101. Where applicants applied to M101 but received
an offer for an alternative programme (or, in rare cases, applied for an
alternative programme but received a decision for M101) they are not
counted in the response.

 

  2015 2016 2017
Offer 64% 65% 64%
Reject 36% 35% 36%

 

[4] The number of students who were offered a place on Results Day despite
missing the terms of their conditional offers.

Year of application Count
2015 0
2016 60
2017 50

 

These figures have been rounded using the HESA rounding strategy.

 

[4A] An anonymised list of all of the A-level, IB, or other final
graduation grades of the students who missed their conditional offers but
who were nonetheless offered a place. This list should contain a separate
entry or row for each candidate.

A level average 2016: AAA; 2017: AAA

International Baccalaureate average 2016: 38.5; 2017: 38.2

 

For A levels we have excluded General Studies and have only used
applicants’ top three A level grades when calculating the average. For
International Baccalaureate we have calculated an average of the Total
Points; it should be noted that individual subject scores are also taken
into consideration when making admissions decisions.

 

[5] Whether the university’s law course has entered into the UCAS Clearing
process during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017,
2015/2016.

No, Durham University has not entered clearing for Law in any of these
cycles.

 

[5A] If so, the number of law offers given to candidates through Clearing
in each of these admissions cycles.

 

[6] Whether the university’s law course has received applications through
the UCAS Extra process during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018,
2016/2017, 2015/2016.

Note that the University was only open in Extra for Overseas applicants in
each cycle.

 

Year of application Count
2015 5
2016 5
2017 5

 

These figures have been rounded using the HESA rounding strategy.

 

[6A] If so, the number of law offers given to candidates through Extra in
each of these admissions cycles.

Year of application Count
2015 supp.
2016 5
2017 supp.

 

These figures have been rounded using the HESA rounding strategy. Numbers
lower than 2.5 have been supressed.

 

[7] Whether the university’s law course has participated in the UCAS
Adjustment process during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018,
2016/2017, 2015/2016.

No, Durham University has not entered adjustment for Law in any of these
cycles.

 

[7A] If so, the number of law offers given to candidates through
Adjustment in each of these admissions cycles.

N/A.

 

[8] Whether the university has offered candidates a lower ‘contextual’
offer during the following admissions cycles: 2017/2018, 2016/2017,
2015/2016.

Durham University started making contextual offers in the 2017/18
admissions cycle (i.e. for 2018 entry). The number of these offers is
shown in the table below (CO). Details of the scheme can be found here
[1]https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/con....

Alternative offers are also made to participants that successfully
complete the University’s Supported Progression programme or a Sutton
Trust Summer School at Durham University; this happened in 2017/18 and
previous cycles. Eligibility for these schemes is based on contextual
indicators of disadvantage.

 

Alongside these contextual offer schemes, we also consider a range of
contextual information for each application as described in our admissions
FAQ
[2]https://studyatdurham.microsoftcrmportal....
This means that applicants’ context may have informed the decision on
their application, but we do not hold data to report on this.

 

[8A] If so, the number of contextual offers given to candidates in each of
these admissions cycles.

Rounded number of contextual offers by type and year following HESA
rounding rules
Application year CO Supported Progression Sutton Trust Total
2015 - 15 5 20
2016 - 15 10 25
2017 100 20 10 130
Total 100 50 25 175

 

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Durham University

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George Mounokoliavitz

Dear ACCESS I.,

Thank you for your response. I have updated the status of this thread to reflect that I have received the information I originally requested.

Yours sincerely,

George Mounokoliavitz