Dear Bournemouth University,
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.
2018: X full-time undergraduates and X full-time postgraduates
2019: X full-time undergraduates and X full-time postgraduates:
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Dear Mr Blunn
We write further to your email of 28 August 2018.
Your request has been processed by us in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
Exempt under Section 43 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act
We consider that the information you have requested is commercially sensitive. Whilst the University holds the information requested we consider that section 43(2) of FOIA applies as the premature disclosure of the information would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of the University because we are still in the 2018/19 cycle.
Our decision to withhold this information is consistent with the policy and procedure followed by UCAS on this subject matter. UCAS does not publish information about individual institution's year-on-year application position until after a cycle is over, so that the information cannot influence prospective applicants who are deciding whether to apply to an institution. In addition, releasing student number forecasts would provide our competitors with information about our predictions of growth or not which may well influence their marketing activity in the application cycle and potentially damage our recruitment efforts.
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