Statistics for Physics, Chemistry and Biology

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Dear University of Aberdeen,

My request is regarding regarding statistics for the BSc Physics, BSc Chemistry and BSc Biology courses or nearest equivalent where the stated course doesn't exist. All requests are for the 2017/2018 cycle. Many thanks.

Please can I have the following anonymised data about candidates who applied for each course. Please could you provide the data separately for each course.
1. For each applicant, can I know their A-Level predicted grades.
2. For each applicant, can I know their GCSE grades, and whether there were any extenuating circumstances involved.
3. For each applicant, could I know, where relevant, whether they were successful in getting an interview and how this was graded.
4. For each applicant, if their personal statement was given a score or grade, could I know the corresponding score.
5. For each applicant, can I know whether they were successful in receiving an offer.
6. For each applicant, please could I know which type of school they attended (independent, maintained, grammar, academy or boarding)
7. For each applicant, could I please know whether they were home or international.
8. For each applicant, whether they were on a gap year or taking a deferred place.

Please could I have all this data in an excel document or at least a machine readable format.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Normand

Foi, University of Aberdeen

Dear Mr Normant

I refer to your email of 20 December 2019 and, on behalf of the University, I acknowledge receipt and confirm that your request is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In terms of the Act, a reply will be sent to you within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Jody McKenzie
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
University of Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 27(3175)

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Foi, University of Aberdeen

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Dear Mr Normand,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI 2019-037

I refer to your email of 20 December 2019 requesting information relating to statistics for the BSc Physics, BSc Chemistry and BSc Biology courses at the University of Aberdeen.

Your request has now been considered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, ‘the Act’.

1, 2. We do not keep this data in a standardised, searchable format and it would be necessary to read through each application for the year (approximately 4200) to provide a response to the question. It is estimated that this would take approximately 350 hours, which would exceed the cost limitations of the Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (the Fees Regulations) and as such is exempt under section 12 (1) of the Act.

3. We do not interview applicants for these programmes.

4. We use personal statements for contextualised admissions, but do not assign a score or grade.

5. See attachment

6. See attachment. Previous institution code is imported from UCAS.

7. See attachment (home applicants are Scottish/non-UK EU, we have also included RUK)

8. We do not keep this data in a standardised, searchable format and it would be necessary to read through each application for the year (approximately 4200) to provide a response to the question. It is estimated that this would take approximately 350 hours, which would exceed the cost limitations of the Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (the Fees Regulations) and as such is exempt under section 12 (1) of the Act.

Should you be dissatisfied with this response, you have the right to request a review. A request for review must be made within 40 working days of the receipt of this reply. It must include your name and address for correspondence and specify the request for information and the grounds for dissatisfaction with the decision. Please send your request for review to [University of Aberdeen request email].

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the University’s internal review, you have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner within six months of the receipt of the University’s review response. Details on how to make an appeal to the Commissioner are available at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal. Should you be dissatisfied with the Commissioner’s decision, you have a right of appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law.

Yours sincerely,

Jody McKenzie
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
University of Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 27(3175)

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