Requesting Postgraduate Admissions Data

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Dear University College London,

(1) Can you provide me with admission statistics for all of your postgraduate programs, both generally and for Chinese students?

Specifically, I’d like to know for each individual program, how many total students applied, how many total students were given offers, how many Chinese students applied, and how many Chinese students were given offers.

Please provide this data for each year, for the last 5 years of entry that you have this data available.

(2) If available, please also provide me with a list of all Chinese educational institutions that your university is willing to accept applicants from, along with an explanation of whether your university is willing to consider applications from students from other Chinese institutions not on that list. If this varies between individual schools or departments in your university, please provide this information for each school or department.

Thank you!

Yours faithfully,

Edgar Wu

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Edgar

 

Thank you for your request for information.

 

In order to proceed with your request below, we need clarification and
this is mentioned below.

 

Please provide the requested clarification within 20 working days of this
email.

 

********FOI********

(1)        Can you provide me with admission statistics for all of your
postgraduate programs, both generally and for Chinese students?

 

Specifically, I’d like to know for each individual program, how many total
students applied, how many total students were given offers, how many
Chinese students applied, and how many Chinese students were given offers.

 

Please provide this data for each year, for the last 5 years of entry that
you have this data available.

 

(2)        If available, please also provide me with a list of all Chinese
educational institutions that your university is willing to accept
applicants from, along with an explanation of whether your university is
willing to consider applications from students from other Chinese
institutions not on that list. If this varies between individual schools
or departments in your university, please provide this information for
each school or department.

 

********FOI********

 

********CLARIFICATION********

 1. What do you mean by ‘Chinese’? Is it applicants who have a home
domicile of mainland China PR?
 2. What do you mean by ‘last 5 years’? is it applicants applying for
entry in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021?

********CLARIFICATION********

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kind regards,

Janine

 

 

Janine Small

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

Data Protection: [1][email address] FOI: [2][UCL request email]

 

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Dear Finance.FOI Requests,

Thank you for your reply.

To clarify, (1) by Chinese, I mean applicants with a home domicile in mainland China PR, and (2) by the last 5 years, I mean applicants applying for entry in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, however, if this data is not available for 2021, then I mean applicants applying for entry in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Edgar Wu

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Edgar

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 14^th May 2021.
Apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request for information about UCL’s postgraduate admissions.

 

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 and in the attached spreadsheet.

 

Your Request:

 

(1)          Can you provide me with admission statistics for all of your
postgraduate programs, both generally and for Chinese students?

 

Specifically, I’d like to know for each individual program, how many total
students applied, how many total students were given offers, how many
Chinese students applied, and how many Chinese students were given offers.

 

Please provide this data for each year, for the last 5 years of entry that
you have this data available.

 

o Please see the attached spreadsheet.  Please note:  black spaces
within the attached spreadsheet represent zero applications or offers.

 

As you will see within the attached spreadsheet, where the number of
applications and offers is fewer than five, the information has been
withheld because these are 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)(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
conduct a public interest test.

 

(2)          If available, please also provide me with a list of all
Chinese educational institutions that your university is willing to accept
applicants from, along with an explanation of whether your university is
willing to consider applications from students from other Chinese
institutions not on that list. If this varies between individual schools
or departments in your university, please provide this information for
each school or department.

 

o UCL does not keep a complete list of all Chinese institutions that we
might accept students from.  Instead we use the information provided
on institutions listed by UK ENIC (formerly NARIC) on their website as
our point of reference for recognised Chinese institutions.

 

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Kind regards

Janine

 

Janine Small

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

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