Medicine entrants for September 2021

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Michael Stafford

Dear Cardiff University,

I am interested in your selection criteria for medicine A100 for 2021

Can you confirm the numbers of applicants to medicine A100 who were Welsh, remainder of UK (RUK) and non Uk?
Can you confirm the numbers of applicants shortlisted for interview to medicine A100 who were Welsh, remainder of UK (RUK) and non Uk?
Can you confirm the numbers of applicants offered a place to medicine A100 who were Welsh, remainder of UK (RUK) and non Uk?

Can you confirm how GCSE results, UKAT score and personal statements were used to determine selections

For undergraduate who applied to your A100 Medicine programme for 2021 entry, could I please receive a spreadsheet containing:
1 - Whether the applicant was Welsh, RUK or Non UK
2 - The applicant's academic score based on GCSE results
3 - The applicant's global UKCAT score
4 - If the applicant received an interview
5 - If the applicant received an offer
Can you list (anonymously)

Yours faithfully,

Michael Stafford

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Michael Stafford

I acknowledge receipt of your email received by this office on 27 May 2021.

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InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Michael Stafford

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated 27
May 2021.

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your questions below and set out
our corresponding responses.

I am interested in your selection criteria for medicine A100 for 2021

 

Can you confirm the numbers of applicants to medicine A100 who were Welsh,
remainder of UK (RUK) and non Uk?

Can you confirm the numbers of applicants shortlisted for interview to
medicine A100 who were Welsh, remainder of UK (RUK) and non Uk?

Can you confirm the numbers of applicants offered a place to medicine A100
who were Welsh, remainder of UK (RUK) and non Uk?

 

Can you confirm how GCSE results, UKAT score and personal statements were
used to determine selections

 

For undergraduate who applied to your A100 Medicine programme for 2021
entry, could I please receive a spreadsheet containing:

1 - Whether the applicant was Welsh, RUK or Non UK

2 - The applicant's academic score based on GCSE results

3 - The applicant's global UKCAT score

4 - If the applicant received an interview

5 - If the applicant received an offer

Can you list (anonymously)

 

The University holds this information however we consider this information
exempt from disclosure under S43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act
entitled “Commercial Interests”. In particular, section 43(2) states that
information is exempt if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the
public authority holding it). 

The release of information on applications and offers for the current
admissions period into the public domain would be highly likely to
prejudice the University’s commercial interests. We consider that
releasing this information would be likely to influence admissions
practices of individual applicants, and this would be likely to impact on
recruitment offers and outcomes and potentially disrupt the admissions
processes across the sector and undermine the principles of competition
law. 

 

Any loss of market share and reduction in enrolled student numbers would
have a significant impact on the University’s student fee
income and would further impact the University’s long term financial
sustainability. As public funding sources for higher education have
declined, student fee income has become an increasingly important source
of income and is a key factor in ensuring the University’s long term
financial sustainability. The ability for the universities in general, and
Cardiff University in particular as a major research intensive university
in Wales, to compete effectively in a global market is an important
strategic objective as set out by the Welsh Government in 'For Our Future:
the higher education strategy plan for Wales' and in the Welsh Government
Policy Statement on Higher Education which is available
at: [1]http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publicat...
is also important that Cardiff University is able to continue competing on
an equal footing with similar large, research intensive institutions in
the UK and overseas.  

 

Based on the above it is considered that the commercial interest of the
University would be likely to be prejudiced by release and as such the
Section 43(2) exemption is engaged.  

  

In applying the Section 43 exemption the University has taken account of
the public interest as required by the Act. The University has reviewed
the arguments in favour of disclosing the information (openness and
transparency in public life) and found them to be outweighed by the
greater general public interest in protection of the University's
competitive edge and market positioning. 

  

The University must consider the public interest test when applying this
exemption and this is considered below. 

  

Public Interest Test 

  

Factors in Favour of Disclosure 

It is in the public interest to release information that provides a
greater public understanding of the way the University operates and its
provisions for future delivery of its services. 

 

Factors in Favour of Non-disclosure 

It is not in the public interest to release information that would be
likely to damage the commercial interests of the University by undermining
its ability to compete in the marketplace.  

 

It is not in the public interest to release information that would disrupt
the admissions processes across the sector and undermine the principles of
competition law. 

 

On balance it is considered that it would not be in the public interest to
release this information and therefore the information will not be
released at this time. 

 

We would however draw your attention to the information held by UCAS
regarding medicine data which is the public domain which includes how many
Medicine applicants have applied to Welsh providers: [2]2021 cycle
applicant figures – 15 October deadline | Undergraduate | UCAS.

 

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance please feel free to
contact me.

Kind regards

 

 

Swyddfa Ysgrifenydd y Brifysgol University Secretary’s Office

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cardiff University

Ebost : [4][email address] Email: [5][email address
 
 
 
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