Mechanical engineering

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Dear University College London,

Can you please send me the statistics of student applicants for mechanical engineering ( BEng and MEng) 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) Entrance exams if taken

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 documents.

 

Can you please send me the statistics of student applicants for mechanical
engineering (BEng and MEng) 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 Language Grade

Q3) Whether they received an offer or not

 

A1-3) 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

Q4) Entrance exams if taken

 

A4) We do not hold data on entrance exams for students.

 

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]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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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