PPE Application Statistics (2018 UCAS Cycle)

Dr Sandra Green made this Freedom of Information request to University of Oxford

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Dear University of Oxford,

I am writing to request a spreadsheet which includes the following information for 2018 UCAS cycle PPE applicants:

1. The GCSE grades of each applicant
2. The AS grades of each applicant
3. The predicted A level grades of each applicant
4. The TSA Section 1 score of each applicant
5. The TSA Section 2 score of each applicant

Please note that there is precedent for a similar request being accepted for the 2017 UCAS cycle PPE applicants, and therefore a Section 40 exemption does not apply. Furthermore, because the University of Oxford has not historically published such a spreadsheet containing the above-mentioned data, it is not subject to a Section 22 exemption.

Furthermore, although the TSA scores requested are not available at the time of this request, they will be available by 10 November 2017, and should be therefore be included in the spreadsheet.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Sandra Green

UAS Foi, University of Oxford

Dear Dr Green

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request.

We shall send you a substantive response no later than the statutory deadline of 30th November 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Nina Fionda
Information Compliance Officer
Council Secretariat

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UAS Foi, University of Oxford

This message has been hidden. We have removed this response from public view as information on individuals could be identified from it and we have been made aware of a claim of harm being caused as a result. Please contact us if you have any questions. If you are the requester, then you may sign in to view the message.

Dear UAS Foi,

Please provide detail of the "claim of harm" that was allegedly caused by the release of this information. I protest the allegations contained in the reports that have led to the removal of this request from public view.

There is no information contained in the release of this data that could possibly lead a member of the public to identify a particular applicant. No names, postcodes, school names, ages, etc. were included. Unless a particular applicant first publicly disclosed their GSCE, AS, and A-level marks (and subjects), no person would be able to accurately identify them in the table of over 2000 unique applicants.

Again, I urge you to reinstate this information.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Sandra Green

UAS Foi, University of Oxford

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Dear Dr Green,

We have asked WhatDoTheyKnow to remove our response of 29th November 2017. This is because the University of Oxford has received a complaint from an individual claiming that their child has been identified from the information provided in this response.

The University takes such complaints very seriously and we are obliged to investigate the possibility of such an occurrence. We are therefore replacing our response of 29th November 2017 with an amended version that includes some additional measures to reduce the risk of identification of individuals (see attached).

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Oxford

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