LLB Law (M100) admission statistics

Mr Hemingway made this Freedom of Information request to University of Reading

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Dear University of Reading,

I would like to know the following about each admission cycle separately. First 2013/2014. Second 2014/2015. Third 2015/2016. Fourth 2016/2017.

Would it also be possible to indicate the percentage of applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping and the percentage of successful applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping?

1. Applications.
i) percentage of people who applied with predictions of ABB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

ii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAB;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

iii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

iv) percentage of people who applied with predictions of AAA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

v) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*AA;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vi) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

vii) percentage of people who applied with predictions of A*A*A*;
a) percentage given an offer
b) percentage who accepted their offer as a firm
c) percentage who accepted their offer as insurance

2. Enrolment by achieved grades
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of BBB
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of ABB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAB
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of AAA
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*AA
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades of A*A*A*

3. Enrolment by achieved grades against offer( where achieving AAA with an offer of AAB would be 1 above and achieving A*AA with an offer of AAB would be 2 above).
i) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 above their offer
ii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 above their offer
iii) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 or more above their offer
iv) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 1 below their offer
v) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 2 below their offer
vi) percentage enrolled with achieved grades 3 below their offer

Yours faithfully,

Mr Fred Hemingway

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Hemingway,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 15/12/2017.

In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, without altering the 'Subject:' line, so that we can track your input and respond promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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Dear Reading,

Can I please clarify that 1)iii and 1)iv is an untended duplication.

Please disregard 1)iv

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hemingway

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Hemingway

I can confirm receipt of your clarification. We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days.

Kind regards,

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Hemingway,
 
We are writing to advise you that it has been necessary to refuse this
request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
We estimate that compliance with your request would exceed the appropriate
costs limit established by section 12 of the Freedom of information Act
2000; this is currently set at £450 (or 18 hours work) by virtue of the
[1]Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004. Our estimate has considered the time it would take to
determine whether we hold the information and then to locate, retrieve and
extract it.
We estimate that to determine whether we hold the number and percentage of
‘applicants who fit into the three A-Level grouping and the [number and]
percentage of successful applicants’, broken down into applicants and
enrolments by achieved grades for academic years requested 2013/14 through
to 2016/17, then to locate, retrieve, and extract that information would
take longer than 18 hours to complete.
The primary reason for why the appropriate limit would be exceeded, is
that the information requested for the years specified is not recorded
centrally in an easily searchable, aggregated format. There are over
92,000 undergraduate applications for the time period requested and this
would involve manually retrieving and searching through thousands of
individual lines of data, across several databases to identify the
applicants predicted grades and then whether an offer was given and if so,
it’s category of acceptance. The actual offer grades for each student are
often paper-based and stored in a separate department from the databases
used to record enrolled student data, it would therefore take a
considerable amount to time to collate and compare the necessary
information to work out the percentages required with over 14,000
undergraduate enrolments in the years requested for question three,
‘enrolments by achieved grades against offer [grades]’.
We are sorry we cannot provide the requested information to you, and would
like to offer some advice on how we may be able to provide information
within the appropriate limit. You may wish to consider narrowing a new
request to limbs one and two, or two and three only.
 
We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
[2]www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information-policy
 
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:
 
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Email: [3][email address]
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer
 
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[4][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   
[5]www.reading.ac.uk/foia
 
 

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Dear Reading,

If the request were abridged to one or two admission years, or abridged to only the enrolment data (i.e. excluding question 3), do you think it would fall within the appropriate time limit?

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hemingway

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Hemingway,

Please accept our apologies it appears we may have misunderstood your original request. I note the subject line of your email refers to 'LLB Law (100)', please, could you confirm if your FOI request (dated 15 December 2017), was for admission statistics was for LLB Law (100) only, and not all admission statistics?

If it is indeed for LLB Law (100) only, we may be able to provide you data for the whole request, limbs 1 through to 3.

Alternatively, we have been advised by the relevant department that in response to your query regarding available data below if you would like the data for two admission years we would likely be able to provide this.

Please do advise how you which to proceed with this request.

With kind regards,

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/internal/imps

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Dear Reading,

No worries. Yes, I confirm that.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hemingway

Dear Reading,

Apologies. I only responded to the first part of your response.

I confirm that it pertains to LLB Law M100 only. I would accept questions 1 through to 3.

(If in your judgment, it would make sense to extend the grade from A*A*A*-BBB to A*A*A*-CCC, in order to get a more comprehensive picture of law admissions, I would accept this extension for questions 1 and 2. However, it is not a necessary part of my request and I would accept the response without such an extension.)

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hemingway

IMPS, University of Reading

Mr Hemingway

Thank you for your clarification. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Kind regards,

Sinead Latham

Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/internal/imps

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IMPS, University of Reading

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Hemingway

Thank you for your patience whilst we looked into your request.

We do not hold the data requested in percentage format however, under Sec.16 to be helpful, we have provided you with the number in lieu of percentages. Our responses are given in the attached.

Please see caveats, for the spreadsheet attached, below:

• Only Block 1 entrants to LLB Law course were included.

• ‘Other’ grades include non-A Level grades and A Level grade ranges that have an equivalent UCAS Tariff value to those listed (e.g. AAC is counted as Other but has the same tariff score as ABB).

• Academic Years refer to entry year rather than cycle year

• Part 2 will contain students who have three A-Levels but their offer was based on a different qualification(s), therefore these students will not appear in Part 3.

• Part 3 is based upon Offer codes held on our Student Information System, (CAP_OLBC field). Only records where this code relates to A Levels are included. Students entering through clearing or adjustment are not included as they are not coded in this way.

• Part 3 table does not include the ‘More than 3 grades below’ students, as this was not requested.

Some information contained within the attached document has been withheld under section 40(2) of FOIA. This applies to numbers that are small enough to potentially identify individuals, and where this applies this has been indicated using <=4.

Section 40(2) of the FOIA allows a public authority to withhold information under the FOIA when the information requested is personal data relating to someone other than the requestor, and its disclosure would breach any of the Data Protection principles. In this case we believe that the disclosure of information in respect of potentially identifiable individuals would not be within their reasonable expectations and as such would be unfair and in breach of the first data protection principle which requires personal data to be processed fairly and lawfully. We have however substituted these numbers with the <=4 range to assist you as much as possible.
We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner. The procedure is detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations policy on the web at www.reading.ac.uk/freedom-of-information...

If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to information regimes:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Email: [email address]

Yours sincerely


Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[University of Reading request email] t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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