Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory, or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customizing a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
List of cookies we use
We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:
|Name of the cookie||Placed by||Purpose||Duration|
|connect.sid||Studee||Keeps track of session||Session|
|studee-browserid||Studee||Identifies browser||1 year|
|studee-popular-currencies||Studee||Used to store popular currencies for display||Session|
|studee-preferred-currency||Studee||Used to localise currency display||Session|
|studeeapply-universityid||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-university||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-programid||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-program||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-journey||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-progLevel||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-slug||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-existinguser||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-email||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-last_name||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-first_name||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-phone_number||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|studeeapply-start_date||Studee||Stores information relating to apply feature||Session|
|__cfduid||Cloudflare||Identify individual clients behind a shared IP address||1 month|
|__hssc||HubSpot||Keeps track of sessions||30 minutes|
|__hssrc||HubSpot||Keeps track of session||Session|
|__hstc||HubSpot||Keeps track of visitors||13 months|
|hubspotutk||HubSpot||Keeps track of vistor identity||13 months|
|messagesUtk||HubSpot||Used to recognise visitors who use the chatflows tool||13 months|
|_ga||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users||2 years|
|_gaexp||Google Analytics||Used to determine inclusion in an A/B experiment||90 days (typically)|
|_gat_UA-9566326-19||Google Analytics||Used to throttle request rate||1 minute|
|_gid||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users||24 hours|
|intercom-id-a4zq5bms||Intercom||Unique anonymous identifier||9 months|
|intercom-session-a4zq5bms||Intercom||Keeping track of sessions||1 week|
|sp||Element451||Used to store a unique identifier for a user||1 year|
|_sp_id||Element451||Used to store user information||2 years|
|_sp_ses||Element451||Use to determine if this is a new or active session||30 minutes|
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
These are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested
How to opt out of essential cookies
- Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note that if you block all cookies, our website and its functionality will not work or display properly.
- You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.
For more detailed information on how to accept and reject cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies
These are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyze your behavior on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
- Functional cookies
- Analytical (or performance) cookies
These are cookies that are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website’s functionality. These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which you have requested to work, or are cookies that serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose.
Analytical (or performance) cookies
Analytical (or performance) cookies track and gather data about what a user does on a website. These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work.
We use Google Analytics cookies on our website. Google Analytics cookies help us understand how you engage and interact with our website, including how you came to our website, which pages you visited, for how long and what you clicked on, your location (based on your IP address).
How to opt in or out from analytical cookies
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking across all websites here: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
We also embed web beacons in our marketing emails and on our website. Web beacons are small GIF image files that enable us to track your receipt of our marketing emails, how often you view our adverts or website pages, your location, IP address, and browser information.
Web beacons are activated whenever you open a marketing email or access a page on our website which contains a web beacon. Web beacons transmit data when you view them but are not capable of accessing any other information on your computer. Web beacons are not stored on your hard drive unless you download a GIF image containing them.
Some browsers enable you to restrict the use of web beacons by either preventing them from sending information back to their source (for example, when you choose browser settings that block cookies and trackers) or by not accessing the images containing them (for example, if you select a ‘do not display images (in emails)’ setting in your email server).
How to accept or reject cookies
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies.
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
Accepting or rejecting cookies
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
- Google Chrome: support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647
- Mozilla Firefox: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
- Apple Safari: support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications that you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
You can manage and opt out of personalisation of advertisements by Google by visiting Google’s ad settings page here adssettings.google.com' and by:
- unticking the button entitled ‘Also use Google Account activity and information to personalize ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account’; and
- switching the ‘Ads Personalisation’ setting off (i.e. by ensuring the switch at the top of the page is set to the left/grey and not the right/blue).
Alternatively, you can install a free browser plugin here: support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
You can opt out of our use of web beacons in our marketing emails by emailing us at [email protected].
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