Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

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Dear University of Nottingham,

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

Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear Samira,
Thank you for your request for information regarding the Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions. Your request was received on 29 November 2019 and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will respond to your request within twenty working days. Please note this is calculated from the following working day from receipt of your request.

I hope that this is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Allin

Information Compliance & Quality Officer – Freedom of Information,
Registrar’s Department
Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham

Dear Samira,

The University of Nottingham wants to be as open as possible in answering requests, and to help people obtain the information they are looking for. In this case, we need to clarify the following:

3. Whether a candidate's personal statement is given a score or grade of any kind;

Do you mean by the University of Nottingham, or UCAS?

The working days taken for you to respond to this will be added to the
existing deadline. However, if you do not respond within 90 days from the
date of this email, the request will be closed.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Allin

Information Compliance & Quality Officer – Freedom of Information,
Registrar’s Department
Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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Hello!

I meant by the university, not by UCAS.

Yours sincerely,

Samira El Amein

Br-Freedom-Of-Information, University of Nottingham



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Dear Samira,

In response to your request for information, I can confirm that we do hold the information you have requested.

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; N/a

3. Whether a candidate's personal statement is given a score or grade of any kind; No

4. The weighting attached to the aforementioned score or grade (e.g. 20%); N/a

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). N/a

The personal statement for undergraduate law admissions does not form part of the process of consideration of whether to make an offer, this is based on GCSE and A levels (actual grades or predictions) or equivalent and LNAT score. We will review the personal statement to check for any mention of extenuating circumstances and it is checked for plagiarism at UCAS. We do not assign any scoring to personal statements.

I trust this meets your requirements, if not please contact me again.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled and wish to request a review of our response or to make a complaint, please see the attached information sheet and form.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries regarding this email.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Allin

Information Compliance & Quality Officer – Freedom of Information,
Registrar’s Department
Web: www.nottingham.ac.uk/freedom-of-informat...
Email: [University of Nottingham request email]

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