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Dear University of St Andrews,

What has been your lowest UKCAT score considered for an interview in Medicine over the last 5 years?
What are the UKCAT averages for successful applicants in Medicine over the the last 5 years?

Yours faithfully,
Rishi.

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Rishi,

Many thanks for your enquiry below. Before I can proceed to process your request however under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), I would be grateful if you could confirm your surname please.

I am asking for this point of clarification as part of the University’s duty under Section 15 of the FOISA is to provide advice and assistance to enquirers. Details of your name is important for two reasons:

• For a request to be valid under section 8(1)(b) of the FOISA the name of the applicant needs to be stated in the enquiry –a request with only the first name of an applicant does not meet this requirement.
• To safeguard your own rights. In the event that the University answered your enquiry in such a way that you were unhappy with the response given, after an internal review, your next course of action would be to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner. The Commissioner however, is unable to deal with any applications where it is found that the original enquiry was invalid as in this case.

Your request is considered to be invalid at present and will therefore be held pending until I hear from you further.

Yours sincerely,

June

JUNE WEIR
FOI Officer
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
 
T: +44(0)1334 462776
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

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Dear Freedom of Information,

You can refer to me as Mr Purkayastha.

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Our Ref:  243-16

 

Thank you for your email below of 23 September, 2016 and I confirm that
your request for information in relation to the UKCAT scores over the last
5 years is being processed.

The University will endeavour to respond to your request as quickly as
possible. In any event you will receive a response within the time set for
compliance, as prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 i.e. no later than 24 October, 2016.

 

It may prove necessary for the University to seek further clarification
from you, to assist it in identifying and locating the information
requested. If this is the case either I or one of my colleagues will write
to you in this respect. If clarification is required we will seek this at
the earliest opportunity.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your information
request please do not hesitate to contact me.  Please quote Ref number
243-16, in any future correspondence in this connection.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: +44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

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Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

 

I refer to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and my subsequent acknowledgement.  To allow us to
comply and assist in the processing of your request, I would be grateful
if you could clarify a few points please:

 

1.       You state in your enquiry that you are seeking data ‘over the
last 5 years’ – are you looking for data broken down by year or
lowest/average UKCAT score over the 5-year period?

2.       We are interpreting ‘successful applicants’ to mean applicants
who were given an offer – can you confirm whether or not this is correct?

3.       The University appears to have received a similar request from
yourself via a different email address – the University is treating the
earlier email communication received on 21 September, 2016 at  17:49  as
being superseded by this current request (Our Ref:  243-16) received on
the same day at 18:38.  Can you confirm if this is indeed the case.

This request for additional information is made under Section 1(3) of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Please note that under
Section 10(1)(b) of the Act, the University has 20 working days after
receipt of the additional information by the University in which to comply
with your request. 

 

Your request will therefore be held pending until I hear from you further.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: [1]+44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

From: Freedom of Information
Sent: 26 September 2016 09:52
To: 'Rishi' <[FOI #360436 email]>
Subject: FOI Request: 243-16 (Freedom of Information request - UKCAT
cutoff for the past years)

 

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Our Ref:  243-16

 

Thank you for your email below of 23 September, 2016 and I confirm that
your request for information in relation to the UKCAT scores over the last
5 years is being processed.

 

The University will endeavour to respond to your request as quickly as
possible. In any event you will receive a response within the time set for
compliance, as prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 i.e. no later than 24 October, 2016.

 

It may prove necessary for the University to seek further clarification
from you, to assist it in identifying and locating the information
requested. If this is the case either I or one of my colleagues will write
to you in this respect. If clarification is required we will seek this at
the earliest opportunity.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your information
request please do not hesitate to contact me.  Please quote Ref number
243-16, in any future correspondence in this connection.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: +44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

1. Please could you split the information on the average/ cutoff by year?

2. By 'successful applicants', I meant the applicants who were given an offer in your medical school.

3. Yes, that was my email. I thought this site would be a better way to file a request for such information.

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr. Purkayastha,

 

Many thanks for your clarification received by the University on 10
October, 2016.  I confirm that your request for information under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is now being processed.

 

The University will endeavour to respond to your request as quickly as
possible. In any event you will receive a response within the time set for
compliance, as prescribed in the Act i.e. no later than 7 November, 2016.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your information
request please do not hesitate to contact me.  Please quote Ref number
243-16 in any future correspondence in this connection.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: +44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

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Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request below for
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: +44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Do the total scores include the Decision Making Subtest or its equivalent (Decision Analysis)?

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Dear Freedom of Information,

I had realised that the average scores provided were above 2700 which means that the Decision Analysis section has been included. What about the lowest scores for candidates invited to interview? Has the DA section been included?

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

I acknowledge receipt of your follow-up query and I am liaising with the relevant section of the department to provide the clarification needed. I will be back in touch soon.

Regards

June

JUNE WEIR
FOI Officer
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
 
T: +44(0)1334 462776
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

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Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

In answer to your follow-up query I can confirm that the Decision Analysis score was included in all of the data supplied in the University's response dated 31 October, 2016.

Yours sincerely,

June

JUNE WEIR
FOI Officer
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
 
T: +44(0)1334 462776
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Is it possible to extend this request and ask for the exact same information for candidates who are not involved in the REACH programme? Please do let me know if I need to make a new request.
Thanks for the information you have given already.

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Rishi,

 

Many thanks for your email below received by the University on 12
December, 2016 and I confirm I have passed your request on to the relevant
department to see if this subset of data can be provided.  For the
avoidance of doubt, I have interpreted your enquiry to be seeking the
following data:

 

For candidates not involved in the REACH programme:

o             The lowest UKCAT score considered for an interview in
Medicine over the last 5 years?

o             The UKCAT averaged for successful applicants (I.e.
applicants who were given an offer) in Medicine over the last 5 years.

 

I am treating this as a new Freedom of Information request and will
endeavour to respond to your request as quickly as possible. In any event
you will receive a response within the time set for compliance, as
prescribed in section 10 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
i.e. no later than 13 January 2017.

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your information
request please do not hesitate to contact me.  Please quote Ref number
243-16(b) in any future correspondence in this connection.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: +44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Could I please choose both options?

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Dear Freedom of Information,

Also could you avoid including candidates with extenuating circumstances?

Yours sincerely,

Rishi

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

Many thanks for your two emails received on 19 December, 2016 clarifying your enquiry.

My email below was perhaps not clear. I have asked for the data detailed in the two bullet points to be processed. It was not my intention to present you with a choice of two options for you to select from and I apologise if my email has caused any confusion.

I have also alerted my colleagues who are working on your enquiry that if possible, you do not want data relating to candidates with extenuating circumstances to be included.

I trust this meets your requirements and I will be back in touch with the University's response in due course.

Yours sincerely,

June

JUNE WEIR
FOI Officer
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
 
T: +44(0)1334 462776
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

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Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

 

Please find attached the University’s response to your request below for
information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

June

 

 

JUNE WEIR

FOI Officer

University of St Andrews

Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ

 

T: +44(0)1334 462776

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

 

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Message-----                                                                                                                      
From: Rishi [mailto:[FOI #360436 email]]
Sent: 11 December 2016 18:54
To: Freedom of Information <[University of St Andrews request email]>
Subject: RE: FOI Request: 243-16 (Freedom of Information request - UKCAT
cutoff for the past years)

 

Dear Freedom of Information,

 

Is it possible to extend this request and ask for the exact same
information for candidates who are not involved in the REACH programme?
Please do let me know if I need to make a new request.

Thanks for the information you have given already.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rishi

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,
Thank you.
Could you please confirm that this information includes scores for Decision Analysis?
Yours sincerely,
Mr Purkayastha

Dear Freedom of Information,
Thank you.
Could you please confirm that this information includes scores for Decision Analysis?
Yours sincerely,
Mr Purkayastha

Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

This is just to confirm that I am liaising with the relevant department who produced the statistics to check the position and I will be back in touch in due course.

Yours sincerely,

June

JUNE WEIR
FOI Officer
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
 
T: +44(0)1334 462776
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

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Freedom of Information, University of St Andrews

Dear Mr Purkayastha,

Further to our previous emails I can confirm that the Decision Analysis score is included in the scores presented in the tables in the University's response.

Regards

June

JUNE WEIR
FOI Officer
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
 
T: +44(0)1334 462776
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland: SC013532

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