Dear Magdalene College, Cambridge,
Could you please provide:
Number of applicants for MML
Number of applicants who attained interviews
MML Assessment scores of those who achieved offers
Number of A*s in GCSEs and A-Level Predicted Grades of those who achieved offers
Interview scores for those who achieved offers
Number of offers given (including number of people taken from pool)
I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2001.
The information you request, insofar as it is held, is exempt under
section 36(2)(c) of The Act. As the admissions round is still ongoing our
response of 8 February 2021 given to your request of 25 January 2021
remains relevant. You may wish to note that the College does not consider
the admissions round to be over until all admissions decisions have been
made - by the end of September in the year of admission.
To elaborate: the disclosure of the information you request would be
likely to prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs, in this case
the integrity of the College’s applications and admissions process which
form a fundamental part of its mission as an educational institution. (As
the information requested is statistical in nature, the opinion of the
qualified person did not need to be sought for this application of section
36.) The undergraduate applications cycle for 2021 is ongoing. The College
considers that the disclosure of detailed statistics about applications
made within the current cycle would be likely to prejudice the notion of a
fair and confidential admissions process whereby each applicant has the
same information at their disposal and partial granular data is not
disclosed to specific members of the public while the process is ongoing.
As this is a qualified exemption, the College has considered whether, in
all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The
College considers that, while some people might have an understandable
private interest in these statistics, there is no genuine public interest
in them when set against the extensive statistical information available
about previous admissions cycles published at
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u... statistics, coupled
with the prevailing public interest in maintaining a level playing field
in terms of the information available to all applicants. Note that further
information about the College’s undergraduate admissions process can be
found at https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate and linked pages.
This exemption has been applied following advice received from the Office
of Intercollegiate Services.
The College’s complaints procedure provides for an internal review of the
decisions regarding this response if you are dissatisfied with it. You
should let me know if you wish to use it, letting me know your reasons for
dissatisfaction and any other matters to which the College should have
regard. The review will be conducted by another officer of the College
who was not involved in responding to the original request.
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whether, in any specified respect, your request to the College for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act. Details may be found on the Information
Commissioner’s website at www.ico.gov.uk.
On behalf of the Freedom of Information Officer
Secretary to the Assistant Bursar
Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG Tel: 01223 330575
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