Student Demand Forecasts

Steve Blunn made this Freedom of Information request to University of Leeds

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Dear University of Leeds,

Could you please provide your projections for the number of full-time students expected to attend the institution over the next 5 years, or as far forward as you have projections for?

Where possible can this be split by full-time undergraduates and full-time postgraduates per campus.

For example:
2018: X full-time undergraduates and X full-time postgraduates
2019: X full-time undergraduates and X full-time postgraduates:

Yours faithfully,

Steve Blunn

Jenny Foggin,

I am away from the office and will not return until Tuesday 4 September. If your email is about a Freedom of Information request, please contact Tracey Crombie in the Legal Adviser's Office. If it is otherwise urgent, please contact the Secretariat for advice on 343 4036.

Tracey Crombie,

Dear Mr Blunn

I can confirm receipt of the request below, dated 31 August 2018. 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.  As such, you should expect to hear from the University in response by 28 September 2018, if, in the meantime, you have any queries about the request, please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny Foggin ([email address]).   

Kind regards

Tracey Crombie
PA to the Legal Adviser
University of Leeds
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Jenny Foggin,

Dear Mr Blunn,

I have discussed your request with my colleagues, but I am not able to provide the details you have requested. I have to consider that the information would not just be released to you but, as set out in the FoI Act, into the wider public domain, making it accessible to other institutions. This kind of information is not routinely shared between institutions because it is commercially sensitive. Universities operate in a highly - and increasingly - competitive student recruitment market, and this kind of planning information would be of great value to institutions with which we compete very directly for students, such as other members of the Russell Group. I have considered whether, notwithstanding its sensitivity, there is a public interest in releasing the information. Whilst there might be a public interest in the University having proper planning procedures, this can already be satisfied with reference to our policy and governance frameworks. The University has a responsibility to its students, staff and stakeholders, and to the regional economy to which it contributes, to maintain its commercial stability to the best of its ability, and I am not persuaded that the public interest in this information outweighs that responsibility. I am therefore withholding the information by applying the exemption set out in Section 43 of the FoI Act (for information that could cause commercial detriment if released).

I am sorry that I cannot provide the information requested on this occasion.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to or email directly Mr D Wardle, Deputy Secretary, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT ([email address]). You should do so within three months of receiving the University’s response to your request. Further information about how the University manages Freedom of Information requests and about our complaints procedure is also available on our website (

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the review/complaints procedure provided by the University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Best wishes,


Jenny Foggin
Senior Governance and Freedom of Information Officer
Legal Adviser’s Office
The University of Leeds
0113 3431155

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