Linguistic Admissions 2019

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Dear University College London,

May I request information on all 2018-2019 BA (not BSc) 3-year Q100 Linguistics applicants'
- A level / IB / AP / equivalent subjects
- A level / IB / AP / equivalent marks
- country of the school from which they applied
- their birth year
- personal statement mark, if UCL assigns one
- reference letter mark, if UCL assigns one
- whether each applicant is accepted or rejected?

For example:
- John Doe took AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP English, and AP Comp Gov
- John Doe achieved and predicted AP marks of 5, 4, 4, 3
- John Doe applied from a school in the USA
- John Doe was born in 2002
- John Doe had an excellent personal statement, which UCL graded 9 out of 10
- John Doe had a bad reference letter, which UCL graded 3 out of 10
- John Doe was rejected

Thank you for your help and I hope to hear back from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

P Watson

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear University College London,

I would like to clarify my identity, which is not clear in my username. I am Mr. Picher Watson.

Yours faithfully,

Picher Watson

Dear University College London,

I would like to remind you about my request. Many requests that were submitted after May 25th have received responses, but I have not yet received a response.

Yours faithfully,

Picher Watson

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mr Watson,

 

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.

 

May I request information on all 2018-2019 BA (not BSc) 3-year Q100
Linguistics applicants'

 

- A level / IB / AP / equivalent subjects

- A level / IB / AP / equivalent marks

- country of the school from which they applied

- their birth year

- personal statement mark, if UCL assigns one

- reference letter mark, if UCL assigns one

- whether each applicant is accepted or rejected?

 

For example:

- John Doe took AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP English, and AP Comp Gov

- John Doe achieved and predicted AP marks of 5, 4, 4, 3

- John Doe applied from a school in the USA

- John Doe was born in 2002

- John Doe had an excellent personal statement, which UCL graded 9 out of
10

- John Doe had a bad reference letter, which UCL graded 3 out of 10

- John Doe was rejected

 

This information has been withheld under section 40(2) of the FOIA by
virtue of s40 (3)(a)(i). 

 

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold
information under the FOIA where (i) the requested information is personal
data relating to someone other than the requester and (ii) its disclosure
would breach any of the data protection principles.

 

We believe that providing individualised data, as requested, may be used
by ‘motivated intruders’ and other knowledgeable third parties to identify
individual applicants 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
information would be disclosed to the wider public and it would be
considered unfair to do so; this therefore breaches the first data
protection principle.

 

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

 

As the section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test. 

 

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
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Operations, alternatively you should write to:

 

Chief Operating Officer

University College London

Gower Street

London

WC1E 6BT 

 

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

 

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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

[2]www.ico.org.uk

[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

E: [4][email address] Data Protection: [5][email address]
FOI: [6][UCL request email].

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

 

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Dear UCL FOI:

I would like to modify my request. May I request

1. how many people applied

2. The following information of all 2018-2019 Linguistics (BA, BSC, Q100, AND Q101) offer holders :
- how many people received offers
- A level / IB / AP / equivalent subjects IN A LIST
- A level / IB / AP / equivalent marks IN A SEPARATE LIST
- country of the school from which they applied IN A LIST
- their birth year IN A LIST
- personal statement marks' MEAN, if UCL assigns one
- reference letter marks' MEAN, if UCL assigns one

For example:
1. # of applicants of Q100 + # of applicants of Q101 (BA and BSC) = 50

2.
- 22 people received offers
- A-level French, A-level Math, AP Calculus, AP Physics, IB Latin, IB English
- A-level marks: A*A*A. AP marks: 5, 4, 4, 3. IB marks: 42, 44, 40.
- 9 were from UK, 5 from Canada, 4 from France, 3 from USA, 2 from China
- 6 were born 2002, 16 were born in 2001.
- personal statement MEAN = 7.23/10
- reference letter MEAN = 5.68/10

Yours sincerely,
Picher Watson

Dear UCL FOI:

I would like to remind you about my MODIFIED request. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience?

Yours faithfully,
Picher Watson

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Mr Watson,

We are currently working on your request and will respond within the statutory timeframe.

Kind regards,

Mehwish Sultan
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser
University College London
Legal Services
E: [email address] Data Protection: [email address] FOI: [UCL request email].
Telephone: +44 (0)203 108 7862 (internal 57862)

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Dear Mr Watson,

 

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 and this information, where it is not exempt, is provided
below and attached.

 

I would like to modify my request. May I request

 

1. how many people applied

 

2. The following information of all 2018-2019 Linguistics (BA, BSC, Q100,
AND Q101) offer holders :

- how many people received offers

- A level / IB / AP / equivalent subjects IN A LIST

- A level / IB / AP / equivalent marks IN A SEPARATE LIST

- country of the school from which they applied IN A LIST

- their birth year IN A LIST

 

Please see attached PDF document.

 

- personal statement marks' MEAN, if UCL assigns one

- reference letter marks' MEAN, if UCL assigns one

 

UCL does not assign numeric scores to personal statements or reference
letters.

 

As you can see, exact counts totalling five or less have been
withheld because these are personal data of third parties or, if linked
with other personal identifiers in the public domain, would be likely to
become  personal data. This information has been withheld under section
40(2) of  the FOIA by virtue of s40 (3)(a)(i).

 

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold 
information under the FOIA where (i) the requested information is
personal  data relating to someone other than the requester and (ii) its
disclosure  would breach any of the data protection principles. In this
case we  believe that the requested information could relate to and
identify  individuals and would be considered as their personal data. The
disclosure  of this personal data would not be within the reasonable
expectations of the individuals concerned and it would be unfair to do so;
this therefore breaches the first data protection principle.

 

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

 

As the section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test. 

 

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 

 

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

[2]www.ico.org.uk

[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Mehwish Sultan

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

E: [4][email address] Data Protection: [5][email address]
FOI: [6][UCL request email].

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

 

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