Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

The request was refused by Durham University.

Dear Durham 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

ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Samira El Amein

Freedom of Information Request

I acknowledge receipt of your email below requesting information from Durham University.

Please be advised that the University will respond as soon as possible and in any event within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Durham University

Information Governance Unit, University Secretary’s Office
t: +44 (0) 191 334 6103/46246  e: [Durham University request email]

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ACCESS I., Durham University

Dear Samira El Amein

Thank you for your request for information.

We are not obliged to answer requests where we believe a pseudonym is being used and before we are able to process your request, we need to ensure that your request is valid, by asking you to confirm (with proof of ID) your real name.

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 stipulates that a “request for information” is a reference to such a request which:

(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence;

In this regard the Information Commissioner's Office confirms, within the Freedom of Information Code of Practice, as a guidance for processing requests, that an applicant must provide their real name; otherwise the public authority who has received the request need not comply by issuing a response.

Once we have received your proof of identity we will begin processing in line with statutory requirements.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Unit
Durham University
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Information Governance Unit, University Secretary’s Office
t: +44 (0) 191 33 46103/46246 e: [Durham University request email]

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