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Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

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Dear Newcastle University,

I would like to request the following data about the admissions process for all of your undergraduate law degrees.

1. Whether a candidate's personal statement (which is submitted through UCAS) is considered by the admissions team when considering whether to give that candidate an offer;

If the personal statement is assessed by the admissions team:
2. A list of the marking criteria/factors that are considered by the admissions team when assessing the candidate's personal statement;
3. Whether a candidate's personal statement is given a score or grade of any kind;
4. The weighting attached to the aforementioned score or grade (e.g. 20%);
5. A list of personal statement scores given to offer holders who had applied for undergraduate study in law at your university in the 2018/2019 admissions cycle (and thus received offers for either 2019 direct entry or 2020 deferred entry).

Yours faithfully,

Samira El Amein

Good morning Samira,

Please accept this email as confirmation of receipt of your FOI request.

We will forward your FOI request to the relevant Newcastle University department for processing.

Regards,

Information Security & Governance Team
IT Service
Newcastle University
NE1 8HQ

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Good afternoon Samira,

Thank you for your request for information dated 25/12/2019, please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your request. Please see below for the information requested:

Personal Statements are read as part of the whole process when processing a Law application.

We do not score or weight personal statements and they are only used to obtain further information about the applicant or any particulars that may affect their performance in exams.

I hope that this is of use. If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you can ask for an internal review. Details of how to do this can be found at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/foi/access/complain...

If you are not happy with the outcome of the internal review, you then have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision. Details of how to do this can be found at: http://ico.org.uk/concerns

Kind regards,

Information Security & Governance Team
Newcastle University
NE1 8HQ

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