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Statistics on 2019 final year results

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Dear London School of Economics,

1) For the BSc Economics class that have just graduated (2019), could I please get the anonymised data of each students aggregate 3rd year score. To clarify, I'm just looking for the 3rd year score out of 400, not the 1st or 2nd year.
E.g. Student 1: 315, student 2: 322,....

2) As above but for all 2019 graduates taking an undergraduate course in the economics department.

3) As above but for all 2019 graduates taking any undergraduate course.

4) The individual anonymised score for each person taking:
i) EC313
ii) EC315
iii) FM213

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Banks

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Dear Tyrone,

With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, I am writing to inform you that your request has been refused.

Regarding your questions 1, 2 and 3, the School does not hold this information as we don't generate aggregate marks for specific years of study as standard. It would therefore breach the cost limit set in Section 12 regarding this information.

Regarding your question 4, the School believes that this information is exempt from release under Section 40(2) as it is the personal data of students. Even anonymised, the School believes that students would not expect their marks to be released to a third party. To release under Freedom of Information would therefore be a breach of the 1st data protection principle.

However, should you wish to appeal the decision, put your appeal in writing to Louise Nadal, School Secretary, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/, though they expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint directly

Yours sincerely,
Rachael Maguire
Information and Records Manager
London School of Economics

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Dear GLPD.Info.Rights,

Thanks for the reply. I have noticed a few inconsistencies in the response you’ve given me vs other responses. I know you have to follow strict rules so I hope you appreciate my bafflement and can explain exactly where I’m going wrong here.

• In your reply you have said you “don't generate aggregate marks for specific years of study as standard. It would therefore breach the cost limit set in Section 12 regarding this information”.

Inconsistency:
1) Reed Smith, 26/06/18, requests for the “individual average mark achieved by each and every first, second and third year LLB student”. He then goes on to ask for more complex info regarding outside modules. You give him the all the information requested.

2) JP Parsons, 01/07/2019, requests for the “individual average mark achieved by each and every first, second and third year LLB student (with names anonymised) in the 2018/2019 academic year.” Again, you have given him the information as requested.

I’m struggling to see the difference in these requests and mine. If this is insufficient evidence of inconsistency please let me know and I can find some more examples.

If running the excel functions for say the whole academic year (my 3rd question) is too ‘costly’ then please just answer question 1 and 2 if possible. If I have to make a request for every degree separately to fit under your cost constraint, let me know and I will do so.

• In your reply to my request for the EC313, EC315 and FM213 makes you say: “the School believes that this information is exempt from release under Section 40(2) as it is the personal data of students. Even anonymised, the School believes that students would not expect their marks to be released to a third party.”

Inconsistency:
1) JP Parsons, 01/07/2019, requests “the individual anonymised marks of each student undertaking the following courses: LL104, LL105, LL106, LL108 and LL109.” You gave him the information requested.

I can’t see any clause under section 40(2) that says law modules are to be treated differently to economics/finance ones. Perhaps I’ve misread? Let me know if so.

Yours sincerely,

Tyrone B

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Dear Tyrone,

Apologies for the School not responding sooner, I was on annual leave.

We will be treating this as a request for an internal review. I will forward your email to Louise Nadal, the School Secretary today. She will respond within 20 working days.

Regards,
Rachael Maguire
Information and Records Manager
London School of Economics

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GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Dear Tyrone,

The School's internal review has request clarification on the following points, in particular:

'it is also not clear to me whether Tyrone is referring to programmes or modules when he says ‘course’. If he means modules, I think request 2 would include most of the School’s students, given how many take Economics modules. I also don’t understand whether in 3 he means undergraduate programmes (or modules) in Economics or basically the whole third year'.

As such, can you confirm:

- whether you mean (degree) programmes or the modules within the programmes
- whether in 3 you are looking for undergraduate programmes (or modules) in Economics or basically the whole third year.

I'll pass on your clarification to the internal reviewer.

Regards,
Rachael Maguire
Information and Records Manager
London School of Economics

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Dear GLPD.Info.Rights,

To clarify, I mean degree programmes.

For the third question I'm not sure how to clarify further so I will reword: could I get the third year aggregate score (sum of their third year module scores out of 400) for all LSE students that have completed an undergraduate degree in summer 2019. So yes, 'the whole third year'.
For example: if a student took EC313, EC315, FM213, AC100 in 3rd year; I would like all four scores included in the aggregate (i.e. not just economics modules).

Kindly, could you please reply with the data as quickly as possible as I need it for work. It has been 55 days since I sent the original request and I feel a negligible amount of progress has been made. I'm not sure how forwarding an email could possibly take 20 days and then finally replying with trivial clarifications another month. Considering this, I would greatly appreciate if you prioritised my request.

Yours sincerely,

Tyrone B

Dear GLPD.Info.Rights,

It has been a further month with no helpful reply, I would say I am surprised but this is becoming quite the pattern. I would like to request an internal review as to why this process has been so unnecessarily arduous on my behalf and why my request has been treated differently to other requests made (as outlined in my first reply). I would appreciate the answers to my original questions in a timely fashion as well of course.

Yours sincerely,

Tyrone B

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Dear Tyrone,

Apologies for the time this has taken, but our internal reviewer will be partially upholding your appeal and so we will be releasing some information to you. We will be providing a response next week.

Regards,
Rachael Maguire
Information and Records Manager
London School of Economics

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GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

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Dear Tyrone,

Please find attached the response to your request for internal review and the information we are now releasing. I apologise for the lateness of the response and hope this has not inconvenienced you.

Regards,
Rachael Maguire
Information and Records Manager
London School of Economics

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