Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

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Dear School of Oriental and African Studies,

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

Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

Dear Samira El Amein,

Thank you for your request for information which has been received by
SOAS.

We will provide you with the School’s response as soon as possible and
within 20 working days of the date of your request.

Yours sincerely,

David Ogden

Information Compliance Manager

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Information Compliance Manager, School of Oriental and African Studies

FOI2019/270

 

Dear Samira El Amein,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request of 25 December 2019.
I have reproduced your questions below together with SOAS’s response.

 

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).

 

Our response

      1.      Yes, the personal statement is considered by the admissions
team.

2-5. While the personal statement is considered, it is not marked or
graded in any way.

 

Your right to appeal
I hope that you are satisfied with this response, but if you are not you
can ask me for an informal review within 40 working days of receipt of
this response:

 

Information Compliance Manager

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square

London WC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

 

Email: [1][SOAS request email]

 

If it does not prove possible to resolve your complaint informally, I will
arrange for a formal review of the handling of your request according to
the School's procedures. These can be found on SOAS's website at
[2]http://www.soas.ac.uk/infocomp/foi/appea....

 

If you are dissatisfied with SOAS's response following this internal
review, you can apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision on
whether your request has been dealt with in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental
Information Regulations. The Commissioner will normally require you to
have gone through our internal review process first before they consider
your appeal. If the Commissioner finds in your favour, the Commissioner
can require SOAS to release the information to you. The Commissioner can
be contacted at the following address:

 

Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

United Kingdom

 

Further information about your right to appeal to the Information
Commissioner is available on the Commissioner's website
([3]http://www.ico.org.uk/).

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Ogden

Information Compliance Manager

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