Personal statement

Neumann made this Freedom of Information request to The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

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Dear The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service,

May I request the personal statements from applicants who received offers successfully of degrees in Archeology BA
Archaeology and Anthropology BA
Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA
in Oxford/Cambridge/UCL/Durham?

Yours faithfully,

FOI, The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Dear A G Neumann


Further to your request for information please find below the response from UCAS in regard to the specific information you have requested.

I can confirm that UCAS does hold personal statements for applicants who received offers on the courses described. However, UCAS has carefully considered your request for information and can confirm that we consider an exemption from disclosure applies. In this case, we believe that the information we hold relevant to your request is exempt under Section 40(2) as it constitutes personal data.

Although personal statements do not usually include the applicant's name, they often include personal information that could make them identifiable. Statements may also include the names of other people who have influenced the applicant in some way. The personal statement is geared as a safe space for applicants to promote themselves to a higher education provider, displaying their unique skills or attributes and potentially wider information about their personal status or impacts of events upon them, including, but not limited to, any criminal convictions or health issues. UCAS considers the personal statement to be private to the individual and the higher education providers to which they apply and may well include information which is, or is considered by the applicant to be, sensitive. It is for this reason we believe the personal statements you have requested to be exempt from disclosure under FOI.

If you are not satisfied with the way in which we have responded to your request you may:

1) Contact us requesting that this matter is reviewed internally by UCAS. Your request will then be subject to our internal review process.
2) If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your internal review, you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, telephone 0303 1231113, or for further details see their website

Kind regards,

Jessica Heron
Information Governance Officer
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