Scottish student acceptance statistics

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Dear Imperial College London,

could you please proved more fine-grained admission statistics for Mechanical Engineering? Specifically I would like to know the percentage of Scottish students being accepted to your Meng Degree.

thank you,
Mirella Lapata

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mirella Lapata,

Thank you for your interest in admissions to Imperial College. Information about all Imperial College courses can be found on the College’s website. This includes full details of the entry requirements and selection process as well as contact details for admissions enquiries.

Imperial College publishes undergraduate admissions statistics for the past 5 completed admissions cycles. These include:  

Number of applicants, offers and places confirmed 

Average BMAT Scores 

Details of A level, IB and STEP Offers Made 

New Entrants' Achieved A level and IB Grades 

Number of applicants, offers and places confirmed by nationality

Number of applicants, offers and places confirmed by gender

Number of interviews conducted

The published information can be accessed at the transparency pages of our website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply... (scroll to the bottom of the page to the link “Download the Undergraduate Admission Statistics”). 

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Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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Dear IMPFOI,

the response above does *not* answer my query. I was advised to look at spreadsheets
published by Imperial, which include various statistics but not a breakdown of the number
of UK applicants per region (e.g., Scotland, Wales, England). My question is rather
simple, what percent of students admitted to Imperial's Mechanical Engineering Meng
degree are from Scotland?

Yours sincerely,

Mirella Lapata

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mirella Lapata,

Thank you for your email. We understood your question and replied to explain that we regarded compiling the information not covered by the published statistics as unreasonably burdensome in light of the lack of any general public interest in that information and were thus applying section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act to that part of your request. If you wish us to review that, please state on what grounds you wish us to do so.

In addition to the published admission statistics, information on applications by UK region is available in the college's FOI Disclosure Log, although not by individual programme:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperia...

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperia...

Yours,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London 

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