Cookie Policy

Due to recent EU law changes each website much explicitly state that they will be using cookies. This website uses

only cookies that are strictly necessary for the operation of the site.

Below you can find information about every cookie that is set and how you can opt-out.

Platform

This site uses a content management system that uses cookies to store some basic, essential data on your interactions with it, such as whether you have logged in. Other cookies state if you have previously logged into the website, and are optionally used to remember your login details for future visits.

Types of information stored

Cookie based

  • PastMember A PastMember cookie is set that recognises someone who visits who previously logged in. This cookie does not store personal information about you, but if you are a registered user it is used to update your personal record in the website database. This will be stored for 90 days.
  • alc_enc If you check "Remember email and password for next time" a cookie "alc_enc" is set. This will be stored for 90 days.
  • bypassStaticCache If you are viewing the draft site (you need to be a CMS author to do this) a bypassStaticCache cookie is set to ensure that you don't see static-cache content

Session based

PHPSESSID

This essential session cookie is used during your visit and is deleted when you leave the site. If you block this cookie parts of the site will not work properly or will be inaccessible to you as it is used for;

  • To keep form information secure
  • Form error messages
  • For logged in staff:
    • Storage of preferences and settings you might ask us to set, such as whether or not you are logged in
    • State of data tables

Google Analytics

We store cookies to support analysis and understanding of how people use the website (what they like most, when is the busiest time of day on the site, have people found new content when it is published, etc.). This analysis is to help improve the usage and effectiveness of the website. The data collection and reporting behind this analysis is currently provided by Google Analytics. Users continued use will indicate agreement to the use of a google analytical cookie. More information on this cookie and advice on how to stop this cookie being used is set out below.

Cookie Usage

The cookies in use to deliver Google Analytics service are described in the table below.

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Google Analytics

These cookies are used to store information, such as what time your current visit occurred, whether you have been to the site before, and what site referred you to the web page.

These cookies contain no personally identifiable information but they will use your computer's IP address to know from where in the world you are accessing the Internet.

Google stores the information collected by these cookies on servers in the United States. Google may transfer this information to third-parties where required to do so by law, or where such third-parties process the information on Google's behalf.

Opt-out

In order to provide website visitors with more choice on how data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to stop data being sent to Google Analytics. The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on does not affect usage of the website in any other way. A link to further information on the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on is provided below for your convenience.

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=None

For more information on the usage of cookies by Google Analytics please see the Google website. A link to the privacy advice for this product is provided below for your convenience.

http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Olark

Olark lets you talk to the people on your website. We use it to answer any questions you might have about for example the application process and student funding.

What follows is a description of Olark cookies:
Cookie Description
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These cookies track what page you are currently viewing and to manage page loading resources. This allows us to be able to see what page you are on when you open a chat with us, enabling us to provide you with better assistance.

Cookies also enable this system to work correctly.

No personal information is stored in these cookies.

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Disabling Cookies

If you would like to restrict the use of cookies you can control this in your Internet browser. Links to advice on how to do this for the most popular Internet browsers are provided below for convenience and will be available for the Internet browser of your choice either online or via the software help (normally available via key F1).