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Dear University of Liverpool,

I would like to know the following statistics , the number of applications received to your university for undergraduate degree studies for the years 2017,2018,2019 and 2020. I would also like to know the number of total offers for undergraduate degree places made for the years of 2017,2018 ,2019 and 2020 . I would like to know the average (mean) amount of money spent by the university on each student enrolled in an undergraduate degree , please separate this per department (e.g. for social sciences the university spent x amount on each student )and please provide these figures for the years 2017,2018,2019 and 2020. , I would like to know what were the top 3 most common reasons why student applications for undergraduate courses were rejected , I would like to know the total number of undergraduate degree places available as an estimate/ a range for the years 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019 and 2020. I would finally like to know the total undergraduate dropout rate as a percentage of total undergraduate students for the years 2017,2018,2019 and 2020 ?

Yours faithfully,

Yaseen Ali

foi Uof Liverpool, University of Liverpool

Dear Yasmeen

 

Thank you for your email requesting information from the University of
Liverpool. Your reference number is FOI/2019/203.  

 

From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to
answer your request without further clarification. 

 

We require further information in order to identify and locate the
information you have asked for. In particular, it would be useful to
know: 

 

 a. Because your requester name on WhatDoTheyKnow is ‘Prospective law
student’, can we double check if the request refers to all courses? Or
if you just wish to refer to law, can you clarify if this is only our
LLB?
 b. Regarding the average (mean) spend, please can you provide a
definition of ‘spend’?

 

Once you have clarified your request, I will be able to begin to process
your request.  

 

If I do not receive clarification within three months your request will be
considered to have lapsed. Please note that under section 1(3) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, a public authority need not comply with a
request unless any further information reasonably required to locate the
information is supplied. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Kirsty Rothwell 
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator 
Legal & Governance 
University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX 

The information in this email and any attachments is confidential. Unless
you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended
recipient, please notify the sender immediately. 

 

 

 

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Prospective law student

Dear foi Uof Liverpool,

Thank you for your reply. My request refers to all courses offered at the undergraduate level. The word "spend" refers to how much the university invests in students ( this includes costs associated with providing the individuals course , resources , employment services )

Yours sincerely,

Yaseen

foi Uof Liverpool, University of Liverpool

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Dear Ms Ali

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information from
the University of Liverpool.   Your reference number is FOI/2020/203. We
will review and process your request as soon as possible.

In line with recent recommendations, many of our staff are now working
from home and we ask that you bear with us through this period. We may
take a little longer than normal to respond to certain enquiries and staff
may not have access to information requested.

We will aim to respond within 20 working days of the day we received the
request.  You will hear back from us by 19 June at the latest.

If for any reason we are unable to meet this deadline, we will keep you
fully informed of the reasons for this as soon as practical.

If you have any queries about this email or your request or if at any
stage you are unhappy with the way in which your request is being handled
please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

The information in this email and any attachments is confidential. Unless
you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended
recipient, please notify the sender immediately.

 

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FOI/2020/203

15 June 2020

 

Name:  Prospective law student <Yasmeen Ali>

By email to: [1] [FOI #664694 email]

 

Dear Ms Ali,

 

Thank you for your email of 13 May 2020 requesting information from the
University of Liverpool.  Colleagues have provided the information
requested below.

 

I would like to know the following statistics:

 

The number of applications received to your university for undergraduate
degree studies for the years 2017,2018,2019 and 2020.

This information is reasonably accessible to you by other means and is
exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the Act. The information that
you have requested is already in the public domain and is available from
HESA, the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination
of quantitative information about higher education in the UK, at
[2]https://www.ucas.com/data-and-analysis/u...

 

Information in relation to 2020 is due to be published by HESA in 2021. As
this information is intended for future publication it is exempt from
disclosure by virtue of Section 22 of the Act subject to a public interest
test.

It is acknowledged that there is a public interest in making information
available that contributes to public debate and understanding about higher
education and this would include information around non-continuation
rates. However as noted above, HESA is the official agency for the
collection, analysis, and dissemination of quantitative information about
higher education in the UK. It would not be in the public interest to
undermine established processes for the publication of such information
particularly where a commitment has been made to make this information
generally available and a date for publication has been fixed. Therefore,
in the absence of any compelling public interest to disclose this
information prior to its scheduled release date it is considered
reasonable, in all the circumstances, to withhold this information prior
to HESA's publication date. As such Section 22 of the Act applies.

I would also like to know the number of total offers for undergraduate
degree places made for the years of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

 

Total Initial Offers*
2017 31,612
2018 29,513
2019 30,433
2020 Not available**

 

*Any deferrals from a previous admissions cycle are included in the
figures for each year of entry.   Total number of offers is defined as the
total number of initial offers made on all the applications received.
Acceptances through Clearing are treated as initial offers. Applicants who
completely withdrew their application at any point during the admissions
cycle are excluded from these figures.

 

**Whilst the University holds information regarding offers for 2020 entry,
it will not supply it to you because this information is exempt under
Section 43 (commercial interest) of the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA).    The University considers that the release of the information
requested would provide its competitors with strategically useful
information, and, as such, has decided to refuse disclosure.

The University considers 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 current admissions 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
offers made totals 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.

I would like to know the average (mean) amount of money spent by the
university on each student enrolled in an undergraduate degree , please
separate this per department (e.g. for social sciences the university
spent x amount on each student ) and please provide these figures for the
years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The University has now considered your request and unfortunately the
information you are seeking cannot be provided at this time. The
University does not produce financial records on spend in this way.  We
have been advised by Finance staff that this process would take in excess
of the 18 hour ‘Appropriate Limit’ (as defined in the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004). As a result, Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
applies, and this task cannot be undertaken at this stage.

 

I would like to know what were the top 3 most common reasons why student
applications for undergraduate courses were rejected.

We do not hold this information.

 

I would like to know the total number of undergraduate degree places
available as an estimate/ a range for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,
2019 and 2020.

 

+-----------------------------------------------+
|2015/16|2016/17|2017/18|2018/19|2019/20 |
|-------+-------+-------+-------+---------------|
|19362 |20452 |21658 |22597 |Not available**|
+-----------------------------------------------+

 

**Whilst the University holds information regarding estimates places for
2020 entry, it will not supply it to you because this information is
exempt under Section 43 (commercial interest) of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA).    The University considers that the release of
the information requested would provide its competitors with strategically
useful information, and, as such, has decided to refuse disclosure.

The University considers 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 current admissions 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.

I would finally like to know the total undergraduate dropout rate as a
percentage of total undergraduate students for the years 2017,2018,2019
and 2020?

This information is reasonably accessible to you by other means and is
exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the Act. The information that
you have requested is already in the public domain and is available from
HESA, the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination
of quantitative information about higher education in the UK, at
[3]https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis...

Information in relation to 2020 is due to be published by HESA in 2021. As
this information is intended for future publication it is exempt from
disclosure by virtue of Section 22 of the Act subject to a public interest
test.

It is acknowledged that there is a public interest in making information
available that contributes to public debate and understanding about higher
education and this would include information around non-continuation
rates. However as noted above, HESA is the official agency for the
collection, analysis, and dissemination of quantitative information about
higher education in the UK. It would not be in the public interest to
undermine established processes for the publication of such information
particularly where a commitment has been made to make this information
generally available and a date for publication has been fixed. Therefore,
in the absence of any compelling public interest to disclose this
information prior to its scheduled release date it is considered
reasonable, in all the circumstances, to withhold this information prior
to HESA's publication date. As such Section 22 of the Act applies.

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request for
information, you have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of
Information Act to ask the University to review it; however, you must do
so within 40 working days of the date of this response. Your request
should include our reference number and explain the reason for requesting
a review. Email [University of Liverpool request email] or write to the Freedom of Information
Reviewer, Legal & Compliance, University of Liverpool, Foundation
Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69 7ZX.  We will respond to your
request for an internal review within 20 working days of receipt.

 

Following an internal review, if you remain dissatisfied with the handling
of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information
Commissioner at The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Telephone:  0303 123 1113
www.ico.org.uk.

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Kirsty Rothwell
Freedom of Information Officer  / Data Protection Co-ordinator
Legal & Governance

University of Liverpool, Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69
7ZX

 

The information in this email and any attachments is confidential. Unless
you are the intended recipient, you must not read, copy, distribute, use
or retain this message or any part of it. If you are not the intended
recipient, please notify the sender immediately.

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