MSc and MClinDent Endodontology numbers

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Dear University College London,

I was wondering if it would be possible to produce a breakdown of admission statistics for each of the following courses:

Endodontology MClinDent
Endodontics MSc

I would like information for the academic cycles of 2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2021/2022 and 2022/2023. This includes the numbers of applicants, interviews offered and final offers given.

I would also request for a copy of the scoring criteria and interview forms that the university use to assess a candidate during the interview for these courses

Thank you in advance for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Shafique

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Dear Abdul

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 28 October 2023.
Apologies for the delay in responding to your request for information.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for a breakdown of admission statistics for each of the following
courses: Endodontology MClinDent and Endodontics MSc.

 

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

 

 

Your Request

 

 

 1. [The] information for the academic cycles of 2019/2020, 2020/2021,
2021/2022 and 2022/2023. This includes the numbers of applicants,
interviews offered and final offers given.

 

Academic Cycle Applications Interview Offered Course Name
2019 9 0 ≤5 MClinDent Endodontology
2020 6 0 ≤5 MClinDent Endodontology
2021 9 0 ≤5 MClinDent Endodontology
2022 15 0 ≤5 MClinDent Endodontology
2023 8 0 0 MClinDent Endodontology
2024 9 0 0 MClinDent Endodontology

 

Academic Cycle Applications Interview Offered Course Name
2019 21 ≤5 ≤5 MSc Endodontics
2020 23 0 ≤5 MSc Endodontics
2021 31 0 ≤5 MSc Endodontics
2022 24 0 ≤5 MSc Endodontics
2023 14 0 0 MSc Endodontics
2024 9 0 0 MSc Endodontics

 

As you will see within the tables above, where the number of interviews
and offers are 5 or fewer (indicated by the symbol ≤5), the information
has been withheld because, with such low numbers even providing this
information without names, it may be possible to identify the individuals,
which would make this 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 Section 40(3A)(a).

 

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 therefore would be personal data. The disclosure of these
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.

 

As the Section 40(2) exemption is an absolute one, there is no need to
conduct a public interest test.

 

 

 2. A copy of the scoring criteria and interview forms that the university
use to assess a candidate during the interview for these courses.

 

This information has been withheld under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) - Commercial Interests.

           Section 43(2) states that:

“Information is exempt information 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).”

This information has been withheld owing to the prejudice that would occur
to UCL’s commercial interests on account of competitive institutions
becoming aware of UCL’s sensitive scoring criteria and interview forms for
all UCL’s courses.

Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption and as such a public interest test
must be performed to establish the harm that would occur from disclosure,
and where the balance of interest lies. Please see below for the outcome
of this public interest test.

Public interest test for the application of Section 43(2):

Arguments in favour of disclosure:

• Release of information concerning how a public authority selects its
applicants is always considered to be in the public interest.
• There is a general public interest in transparency and openness with
regards to decisions made by public authorities.

 

Arguments against disclosure:

• UCL competes with other higher education institutions for
applications.
• To disclose the scoring criteria and interview forms would affect
UCL’s ability to remain a competitive institution in higher education
by providing others with otherwise undisclosed knowledge concerning
UCL’s scoring system. This information would alert applicants to react
and amend their applications against the disclosed information.
• To disclose these would adversely affect our ability to select
candidates more suitable to the courses and other higher education
institutions may amend their requirements and their scoring system
accordingly.

 

Outcome of public interest test:

• It is considered that disclosure of this information would not be in
the public interest due to the substantial prejudice that would occur
to UCL's ability to assess and select applicants to make offers to and
conduct its business as a higher education provider. The prejudice
likely to be caused to both UCL and future candidates, in this
instance outweighs the benefits of disclosure.

 

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