Medical Admissions Statistics for Overseas Applicants for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 entries.

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Dear University College London,

Please provide me with the data of the medical admission cycles for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 entries, with regards to the following:

1. Number of overseas applicants.
2. Percentage of applicants that were overseas.
3. Number of overseas applicants that were invited to an interview.
4. Number of overseas applicants that were made an offer.
5. Number of overseas applicants that were admitted.

In addition to the above, please create 3 tables (one for each year) to indicate the anonymised details of all the applicants, with regards to the following:

1. The GCSE grades of each applicant. For example: 4A* 2A 2B 1C
2. The AS grades of each applicant. For example: 3A 1B
3. The A-Level grades of each applicant. For example: 2A* 1A
4. Whether the A-Level grades provided were predicted or achieved.
5. The BMAT Scores of each section, for each applicant. For example: S1: 5.3 S2: 5.7 S3: 4B
6. Whether the applicant was invited to an interview or not.
7. Whether the applicant was made an offer or not.

Your efforts will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Edwards

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Dear Mr Edwards,

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to your request for information.

 

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
attached with a further explanation below.

 

Your request (as you agreed to combine the two above requests, I have
modified your request to reflect (see red text below)):

 

Please provide me with the data of the medical admission cycles for the
2016, 2017, 2018 [and 2019] entries, with regards to the following:

 

Part 1

 

1. Number of overseas applicants.

2. Percentage of applicants that were overseas.

3. Number of overseas applicants that were invited to an interview.

4. Number of overseas applicants that were made an offer.

5. Number of overseas applicants that were admitted.

 

Part 2

 

In addition to the above, please create [4] tables (one for each year) to
indicate the anonymised details of all the applicants, with regards to the
following:

 

1. The GCSE grades of each applicant. For example: 4A* 2A 2B 1C

2. The AS grades of each applicant. For example: 3A 1B

3. The A-Level grades of each applicant. For example: 2A* 1A

4. Whether the A-Level grades provided were predicted or achieved.

5. The BMAT Scores of each section, for each applicant. For example: S1:
5.3  S2: 5.7  S3: 4B

6. Whether the applicant was invited to an interview or not.

7. Whether the applicant was made an offer or not.

 

Clarification received:

 

-          If the applicant had taken linear A-Levels, and thus they did
not have AS grades at the time of their application, please put it down
for them as "NONE".

 

-          The A-Level grades I am asking for are the ones that were
submitted initially through the UCAS application, and were used during the
initial process of short-listing applicants for interview. These grades
could have been already achieved by the applicant, or they could have been
predicted by their referee in the reference. I would like to know what
these grades were, and whether they were predicted or achieved.

 

-          By overseas applicants, I mean the ones which are classified as
international students, which have the fee status for 'overseas' students
(Non-UK, Non-EU, Non-Channel Islands/Isle of Man).

 

Our response:

 

Part 1, Questions 1 to 5:

 

Please see attached PDF document.

 

Part 2, Questions 1 to 7:

 

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.

 

Please note that although you have asked us to anonymise the information
requested for part 2 of your request, we believe providing the information
requested broken down by each student separately, could be used by
‘motivated intruders’ and other knowledgeable third parties to identify
individual 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.

 

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response.
As you are unable to provide the data I asked for in the second part of my request, I would like to ask these following questions, with regards to A100 admissions for the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 entries:
1*. What was the lowest BMAT score of overseas applicants?
2. What was the lowest BMAT score of an overseas applicant who was invited to an interview?
3. What was the lowest BMAT score of an overseas applicant who was given an offer?
4. What were the average BMAT scores for each section of all applicants.
5*. What were the average BMAT scores for each section of overseas applicants.
6. UCL states that BMAT scores higher than average give applicants an advantage, and scores below average disadvantage them. How is this advantaging/disadvantaging implemented exactly? Is an advantage/disadvantage applied for the score of sections 1 and 2 individually, or to the average of both sections 1 and 2? How is section 3 used in the selection process? Does a score which is significantly higher than the average give a greater advantage and vice versa?

For the questions marked with an asterisk* (1 and 5) please provide the data for the 2020 entry as well. I understand that this admission cycle isn't over yet, which is why I have only asked for these 2 questions, as this data should already be available.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Edwards

Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

This is to clarify what I mean by 'lowest BMAT score':

I would like you to provide me with 3 sets of scores for each of questions 1, 2 and 3. The first set is for the applicant with the lowest section 1 score, alongside his corresponding section 2 and section 3 scores. The second set is for the applicant with the lowest section 2 score, alongside his section 1 and section 3 scores. The third set is for the applicant with the lowest sum of both section 1 and section 2 scores, alongside his section 3 score.

In summary, what I mean by the lowest BMAT score is the set of scores for all 3 sections for the applicant with the lowest section 1 score, then for the applicant with the lowest section 2 score, and finally for the applicant with the lowest sum of both section 1 and 2 scores.

Please remember that this is regarding overseas applicants only.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Edwards

Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

I have recieved an email stating that I need to clarify my request, but I'm not sure which part needs clarification. So kindly specify what further clarification you need.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Edwards

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Thomas

 

Thank you for your email

 

I believe you are referring to FOI 019-808 which you have given
clarification for. I attach the email for reference.

 

There is no further action for you to take as we are in the process of
dealing with your request.  

 

Kind regards,

 

Hina

 

 

Hina Rashid

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

FOI: [1][UCL request email]

 

 

 

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Dear Thomas

 

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

 

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information is provided attached.

 

I would like to ask these following questions, with regards to A100
admissions for the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 entries:

1*. What was the lowest BMAT score of overseas applicants?

2. What was the lowest BMAT score of an overseas applicant who was invited
to an interview?

3. What was the lowest BMAT score of an overseas applicant who was given
an offer?

4. What were the average BMAT scores for each section of all applicants.

5*. What were the average BMAT scores for each section of overseas
applicants.

6. UCL states that BMAT scores higher than average give applicants an
advantage, and scores below average disadvantage them. How is this
advantaging/disadvantaging implemented exactly? Is an
advantage/disadvantage applied for the score of sections 1 and 2
individually, or to the average of both sections 1 and 2? How is section 3
used in the selection process? Does a score which is significantly higher
than the average give a greater advantage and vice versa?

 

For the questions marked with an asterisk* (1 and 5) please provide the
data for the 2020 entry as well. I understand that this admission cycle
isn't over yet, which is why I have only asked for these 2 questions, as
this data should already be available

 

Personal Data  

 

As you can see, exact counts totalling five or less, in the table above,
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
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University College London

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If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
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Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
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Wycliffe House

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01625 545700

[2]www.ico.org.uk

[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Hina Rashid

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University College London

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FOI: [4][UCL request email]

 

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

There seems to be a misunderstanding, I am asking for BMAT SCORES, not for the number of students with low BMAT scores. I'm not sure how your response answers my questions. Please review what I have asked for again.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Edwards

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Dear Thomas

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We will look into this but please note that we are closed over the
Christmas period. We will respond to you in the new year.

 

Kind regards

 

Hina

 

Hina Rashid

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

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Alright then, I just have two quick question which probably won't take you more than a few minutes to get the answer for.

1. I have heard from a few people that GCSE grades won't really be taken into much consideration for A100 2020 entry, is this true, or do they still have similar weighting to the previous years?

2. It states on the website that in January, the applicants invited to interview are primarily international, gap year, and graduate applicants. If an international applicant has not recieved an invitation to interview before the Christmas holidays, does this mean he has a lower chance of obtaining an interview, or is it just that they have not reached his application yet?

I would really appreciate it if you can respond to these questions before you close.
I hope you enjoy your holiday, and I wish you a merry Christmas!

Kind Regards.
Thomas Edwards

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Thomas,

Thank you for your below e-mail.

We will be treating the two additional questions you have raised as a new FOI request and will respond within the statutory time frame.

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)

Working hours: Please note that I work from home on Mondays.

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Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Thomas

 

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 is provided below.

 

1.    I have heard from a few people that GCSE grades won't really be
taken into much consideration for A100 2020 entry, is this true, or do
they still have similar weighting to the previous years?

 

-          Candidates must meet our published GCSE requirements. 
Otherwise, GCSE grades are not used in the selection process. Please view
the links below for more information.

 

[1]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/stu...

 

[2]https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/stu...

 

2.     If an international candidate has not received an invitation to
interview by the end of December it is unlikely that the candidate will be
selected for interview.  All candidates will receive a decision on their
application by the end of March.

 

-          If an international candidate has not received an invitation to
interview by the end of December it is unlikely that the candidate will be
selected for interview.  All candidates will receive a decision on their
application by the end of March.

 

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Dear Thomas

 

Further to your email below, we are unable to provide the information. By
providing the lowest BMAT score using all three sections, this would
likely identify an individual.

 

However, we are proposing to amend your request.

 

***AMENDMENT***

 

Would you like the information for the lowest BMAT scores for question 1-3
displayed as Section 1 + 2 and 3? Please see below for an example.

 

1. What was the lowest BMAT score of overseas applicants?

 

  Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
2016      
2017      
2018      
2019      

 

***AMENDMENT***

 

 

Kind regards

 

Hina Rashid

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

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FOI: [UCL request email]

 

Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Yes that would be fine.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Edwards

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Dear Thomas

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

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 is provided attached.

 

 I would like to ask these following questions, with regards to A100 
admissions for the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 entries:

 

1*. What was the lowest BMAT score of overseas applicants?

 

2. What was the lowest BMAT score of an overseas applicant who was
invited  to an interview?

 

3. What was the lowest BMAT score of an overseas applicant who was given 
an offer?

 

-       We have amended this to provide you information for the lowest
BMAT scores by section (rather than by applicant), as set out in the
example below.

 

***AMENDMENT***

 

1. What was the lowest BMAT score of overseas applicants?

 

  Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
2016      
2017      
2018      
2019      

 

   ***AMENDMENT***

 

 

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[2]www.ico.org.uk

[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Hina Rashid

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

FOI: [4][UCL request email]

 

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