Where are tuition fees spent

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Rebecca Pinnington

Dear University College London,

With reference to this FOI: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...

Could the same information please be provided for all other departments at UCL.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Pinnington

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

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Dear Rebecca,


I am writing in response to your request for information, please accept my
apologies for the fact that we were unable to provide you with this
response within 20 working days.


Please find attached information held by UCL relevant to your request. As
you can see we have provided the financial data relating to tuition fee
expenditure at UCL faculty level, excluding the totals for the faculties
of Social and Historical Sciences and Arts and Humanities in accordance
with your request as these totals were previously provided.


The financial data relating to tuition fee expenditure at departmental
level has been withheld under section 43(2) of the FOI Act. This is
because we have concluded that data at a departmental level of
disaggregation would when combined with the departmental data already
provided provide commercial advantage to a competitor.  There are a large
number of departments at UCL, some are very small and with a limited range
of programmes (e.g. only 1 undergraduate programme).  Data at this level
of detail would allow reasonable conclusions to be drawn about the cost
profile and therefore the contribution margin at an individual programme
level, or at least for small numbers of cognate programmes.  Such
information would allow other providers to set prices for competing
offerings in a way that would disadvantage UCL. As a consequence we
believe that placing this information into the public domain would be
likely to prejudice the commercial interests of UCL.


Section 43 is a qualified exemption and this requires UCL to consider the
public interest. Whilst we accept that there is a general public interest
in openness and transparency and as a result UCL published its annual
accounts; has placed information relating to tuition fee income and
expenditure into the public domain for a small sample of departments and
now also aggregated at faculty level across UCL. There is also a public
interest in ensuring that we are able to compete on a level playing field
with our competitors. Having considered the above we feel that the faculty
level information satisfies the public interest and that in this instance
the public interest in withholding the information at academic department
level outweighs that of disclosure. Consequently this information is
withheld under section 43 by virtue of section (2) because disclosure
under would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of UCL


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