Dear University College London,
under the Freedom of Information act, I would like to know for every postgraduate taught programme for the 2020/21, 2019/20 and 2018/19 admission cycles:
- the programme name,
- the programme code,
- the number of applications,
- the number of offers made,
- the number of acceptances,
- the number of enrolments.
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Dear Cheng Min
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 25^th May 2021.
We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for the following information about UCL’s postgraduate taught
programmes for the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 admissions cycles:
o the programme name,
o the programme code,
o the number of applications,
o the number of offers made,
o the number of acceptances,
o the number of enrolments.
We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description
specified in your request and this information is provided in the attached
As you will see in the attached spreadsheet, where the number of
applications, offers, acceptances and enrolments is fewer than 5, the
information has been withheld because this is personal data of third
parties or, if linked with other personal identifiers in the public
domain, would likely to become personal data. This information has been
withheld under Section 40(2) of the FOIA by virtue of Section 40(3A)(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 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
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