Student Demand Forecasts

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

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The request was refused by University of Reading.

Dear University of Reading,

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

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Blunn,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 03/09/2018.

In the meantime if you wish to add any further details or check on progress please reply to this message without altering the 'Subject:' line containing our reference number IMPS#02248, so that we can track your input and respond promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Daniells

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Blunn,  
We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
We can confirm that we do hold the information specified in your request.
However, this information is exempt from disclosure by virtue of FOI
S.43(2) – prejudice to the commercial interests of the University. This
exemption applies because the information is both sensitive and
commercial, and the disclosure of it would be likely to prejudice the
commercial interests of the University. Using the FOI s43 exemption
requires the University to undertake a public interest test which we have
detailed below.
The University appreciates that there is an inherent public interest in
ensuring openness, transparency and accountability around spending of
budgets, anticipated student numbers, number of applicants, planned
expenditure, marketing strategies and the performance of our public
functions (teaching and learning) as a whole. The University also
recognises that active competition in an open market can bring benefits to
consumers of services, for example prospective students, which may be in
the public interest.
However, the public interest in disclosure needs to be balanced against
the public interest in withholding the information. In this case
disclosure of this information may prejudice the University’s position in
the highly competitive marketplace of student recruitment, marketing
strategies and communications and engagement by revealing commercially
sensitive information to rival universities and organisations. Undermining
the University’s position in this way would in turn be likely to have a
detrimental impact on its student intake and commercial revenue. Such an
impact would prejudice the core business functions of the University and
even undermine its ability to fulfil its role, which is not in the public
interest. As such, the balance of public interest tips in favour of
withholding this information from disclosure, we do acknowledge that
commercial sensitivities can diminish over time.
We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Email: [2][email address]
Yours sincerely, 
Sinead Latham
Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[3][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   

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