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Regional specific courses & student ethnicity

Disclosure date: 20 December 2012

Reference: FOI2012/086

Request

I would like to request a list of the regional/country specific courses offered by SOAS departments and a breakdown of the ethnicity/region of origin of those studying that subject.

Response

Please see attached a spreadsheet containing a list of the relevant courses and the ethnicity of those studying the subject. In disclosing data of this nature under the Freedom of Information Act, SOAS has to have regard to the risk of identifying individuals, as ethnic origin is sensitive personal data. Therefore the figures provided have been rounded up or down to the nearest 5, and the data for courses that have less than three registrations has been suppressed (but the names of the courses left in the spreadsheet). Further details of the methodology used can be found in the tab marked “Notes” in the spreadsheet.

The unadjusted data is exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act as to release it could allow the ethnicity of individuals to be disclosed. There is no lawful justification for making this information public and to do so would be unfair to the individuals concerned, thereby contravening the first data protection principle.