“A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto a device (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.”
We use several types of cookies for a number of reasons across the college’s websites. Some are essential, while others you can opt out of or block. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may, however, prevent you from taking full advantage of the website’s functionality.
There are broad categories why a cookie will be stored on your device when visiting the college’s websites.
- Cookies that make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of any secure online services that we provide.
- Cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is used to help us improve our online services.
- Cookies that remember your preferences and make the site easier for you to use.
Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit the website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.
On initial access, this website informs visitors that cookies are used. This is facilitated by Civic Uk’s Cookie Control mechanism which itself sets a cookie (civicAllowCookies) to store a visitor’s preference.
The cookies used are:
__utma - Tracks the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Expires after 2 years.
__utmb and __utmc - Tracks how long a particular visit to the site lasts. Expires after 30 minutes, session end respectively.
__utmz - This cookie tracks which site or search engine the visitor came from, the link clicked or keyword used, and the visitor's geographic location. Expires after 6 months.
Google provides a way of opting out of their analytics at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout