Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

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Dear Queen Mary University of London,

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

Queen Mary, University of London FOI, Queen Mary University of London

We acknowledge receipt of your request and will respond as soon as we can.

QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

FOI 2019/F524


Dear Samira El Amein


Thank you for your email of 25^th December 2019.


The information you have requested is not held.


The Law Department does not use marking criteria or give a score when
assessing personal statements.


Personal statements are important when considering a candidate, and so we
always read them. We do reject applicants on the basis of an insufficient
personal statement. Whether a statement is “sufficient” is decided by
either the School’s Admissions Manager or the Admissions Officers based in
central Admissions. If the Admissions Officers feel a statement may not be
sufficient, they will always forward to the School Admissions Manager as
the final decision-maker.


If you are dissatisfied with this response, you may ask QMUL to conduct a
review of this decision.  To do this, please contact the College in
writing (including by fax, letter or email), describe the original
request, explain your grounds for dissatisfaction, and include an address
for correspondence.  You have 40 working days from receipt of this
communication to submit a review request.  When the review process has
been completed, if you are still dissatisfied, you may ask the Information
Commissioner to intervene. Please see [1] for details.

Yours sincerely


Paul Smallcombe

Records & Information Compliance Manager


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