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Dear University College London,

Can you please send me the statistics of student applicants for law for the past three UCAS Cycles including the following information:
1) ALL A-level predicted grades and actual grades achieved for AS and A-level and specified for each subject.
2) GCSE ENGLISH LANGAUGE GRADE
3) Whether they received an offer or not
4) LNAT score

Yours faithfully,

Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Mark,

 

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

 

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request. Where this information is held and is not exempt, it is
provided in the attached PDF document.

 

Can you please send me the statistics of student applicants for law for
the past three UCAS Cycles including the following information:

 

Q1) ALL A-level predicted grades and actual grades achieved for AS and
A-level and specified for each subject.

Q2) GCSE ENGLISH LANGAUGE GRADE

Q3) Whether they received an offer or not

Q4) LNAT score

 

A1-4) Your request concerns the personal data of a third party, in this
case individual applicants. This is exempt information under the Freedom
of Information Act (FOI) section 40(2) – Personal Information by virtue of
Section 40(3)(a)(i). Section 40 exempts personal information about a
‘third party’ (someone other than the requester), if revealing it would
breach the principles of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The DPA
prevents personal information from disclosure if it would be unfair or at
odds with the reason why it was collected, or where the subject had
officially served notice that releasing it would cause them damage or
distress. It is the First Data Protection Principle concerned with the
fair and lawful processing of personal data which is of issue in this
instance.

 

In this case we believe that the requested information, if broken down by
each individual applicant, could relate to and identify individuals and
therefore would be personal data. Although there are no identifiable
details within the data being disclosed, that data may be used by
‘motivated intruders’ and other knowledgeable third parties to identify
the grades achieved by particular students as part of a jigsaw-effect.
This is where strands of data available to an individual can be put
together to create personal data not in the public domain. There would be
no expectation that this type of information would be disclosed to the
wider public and it would be considered unfair to do so.

 

As a consequence, we have anonymised the data so as to protect the
identities of the individual applicants concerned. We have done this by
providing responses to question 1 without referring to the subject. For
questions 2 and 3, we have done this by not referring to an individual
applicant. For question 4, we have done this by providing the average LNAT
score for the past three UCAS cycles.

 

It is for these reasons that this information is exempt under section
40(2) of the Act.

 

Please note that we do not record predicted grades for AS level.

 

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
[email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal Review’
in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Vice Provost
Operations, alternatively you should write to:

 

Vice Provost Operations

University College London

1-19 Torrington Place

London WC1E 7HB

 

Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more
than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.

 

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.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this letter 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

www.ico.org.uk

[email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs

Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB

E: [1][email address] Data Protection: [2][email address]
FOI: [3][UCL request email].

Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

 

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thanks very much for the data, but unfortunately i have not recieved information about the applicants choice of subjects at AS and A-level- is it possible to send them, its quite frustrating that they have not been sent and i did request them.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mark,

The applicant's choice of subjects at AS and A Level were not provided because this information together with the other information requested (GCSE English Language grade, whether they received an offer or not and the applicant's LNAT score) could make an individual applicant identifiable.

We therefore provided the information to you without referring to the subjects.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

I understand and appreciate your concerns about not wanting to identify the applicant but i have requested the same information for the same course to the universities and they have told me the subject along with the the other information so may you please send me the statistics with the subjects being specified withe other of my requests. If you still feel that you cant do that, then can you please send me each subject that the applicants ( with grades only specified ) and whether they received an offer or not.

Many Thanks
Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Thank you for your message.
If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request please accept this
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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Can you please specify what you are asking for in your below narrowed request?

Are you asking for the AS and A Levels subjects broken down by grades and whether they received an offer or not?

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

For every applicant to law ( LLB, course code M100) can you send the following information
A-level PREDICTED grades and AS grades for EVERY applicant and specified for each subject, so for example studied maths (A*), Biology (A) and English Literature ( B)

Along with this information the LNAT score for every applicant

Then whether they received an offer or not

ALSO interview score or performance if the applicant was interviewed

Every information i requested i want to be specific for each applicant ( no averages please). I asked for this information in my first request and did not receive anything back as i wished it to to be, so please can you send the information i have requested above.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your e-mail.

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in your request.

Q1) For every applicant to law ( LLB, course code M100) can you send the following information A-level PREDICTED grades and AS grades for EVERY applicant and specified for each subject, so for example studied maths (A*), Biology (A) and English Literature ( B)

Q2) Along with this information the LNAT score for every applicant

Q3) Then whether they received an offer or not

Q4) ALSO interview score or performance if the applicant was interviewed

Every information i requested i want to be specific for each applicant ( no averages please). I asked for this information in my first request and did not receive anything back as i wished it to to be, so please can you send the information i have requested above.

A1-4) In relation to your question regarding interview scores or interview performance, UCL does not interview applicants for the M100 Law LLB course.

As stated in our previous response, your request concerns the personal data of third parties, in this case individual applicants. This is exempt information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) section 40(2) – Personal Information by virtue of Section 40(3)(a)(i). Section 40 exempts personal information about a ‘third party’ (someone other than the requester), if revealing it would breach the principles of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The DPA prevents personal information from disclosure if it would be unfair or at odds with the reason why it was collected, or where the subject had officially served notice that releasing it would cause them damage or distress. It is the First Data Protection Principle concerned with the fair and lawful processing of personal data which is of issue in this instance.

In this case we believe that the requested information, if broken down by each individual applicant, could relate to and identify individuals and therefore would be personal data. Although there are no identifiable details within the data being disclosed, that data may be used by ‘motivated intruders’ and other knowledgeable third parties to identify the grades achieved by particular students as part of a jigsaw-effect. This is where strands of data available to an individual can be put together to create personal data not in the public domain. There would be no expectation that this type of information would be disclosed to the wider public and it would be considered unfair to do so.

It is for these reasons that this information is exempt under section 40(2) of the Act.

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 [email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Vice Provost Operations, alternatively you should write to:

Vice Provost Operations
University College London
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 7HB

Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.

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.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details provided in this letter 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

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Ok i understand your concerns. Can you send the following information for Law (LLB course-M100) for the past three UCAS cycles:

How many people get offers ( each year)?
How many offer holders are accepted in to the University ( each year) ?

Many Thanks
Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mark,

 

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

 

We can confirm that we do hold the information of the description
specified in your request. Where this information is held and is not
exempt, it is given below directly beneath each limb of your request.

 

Can you send the following information for Law (LLB course-M100) for the
past three UCAS cycles:

 

Q1) How many people get offers ( each year)?

 

A1) Offers made for M100 – Law LLB:

 

2015 – 491

2016 – 497

2017 – 551

 

Q2) How many offer holders are accepted in to the University ( each year)
?

 

A2) Intake for M100 – Law LLB:

 

2015 – 143

2016 – 136

2017 – 160

 

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
[email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal Review’
in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Vice Provost
Operations, alternatively you should write to:

 

Vice Provost Operations

University College London

1-19 Torrington Place

London WC1E 7HB

 

Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more
than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.

 

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.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this letter 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

www.ico.org.uk

[email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs

Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB

E: [1][email address] Data Protection: [2][email address]
FOI: [3][UCL request email].

Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

 

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2. mailto:[email address]
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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thanks so much for the information, i forgot to ask; how many applicants apply each year. Can you send me the response to this question prior to the past THREE UCAS cycles.

Many Thanks
Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your e-mail.

For clarification, are you asking for the number of applicants for the past three UCAS cycles i.e. for 2015, 2016 and 2017 or are you asking for the number of applicants prior to these three application cycles.

If so, can you please indicate the application cycles you require this information for?

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

I am asking for the number of applicants that applied to Law ( LLB-M100) for the past three UCAS cycles

So in this format:
2015 number of applicants: e.g. 1500
2016 number of applicants:
2017 number of applicants:

Yours sincerely,
Mark Dyer

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mark,

Thank you for the clarification.

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

The number of applications were as follows:-

2015 - 2,422
2016 - 2,536
2017 - 2,627

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 [email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Vice Provost Operations, alternatively you should write to:

Vice Provost Operations
University College London
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 7HB

Please note, complaints and requests for internal review received more than two months after the initial decision will not be handled.

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.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details provided in this letter 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
www.ico.org.uk
[email address]

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
Legal Services, Finance and Business Affairs
Internal address: 6th Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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