The cookies we set and why

When someone visits the site, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out such things as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not personally identify anyone.

When we do want to collect personally identifiable information - for things like our newsletters - we will be upfront and honest about this and fully explain what we intend to do with it.

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Cookies from

Cookies are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site and to help deliver adverts correctly.

The information below explains the cookies we use, why we use them and when they are set.

Cookies set by us

  • accordionOpen - deleted when you quit your browser - saves the state of the Course List accordion menu
  • advancedSearch - deleted when you quit your browser - saves the state of the Advanced Search form
  • courseSearch - deleted when you quit your browser - saves the state of the Course Search form
  • quickFind - deleted when you quit your browser - saves the state of the Quick Find (header) search form
  • tagline - deleted when you quit your browser - remembers which tagline Best Value, Best Facilities etc.) to show you next

Cookies set by Google Analytics

Google Analytics information allows us to see how people are using the site (how many people visit, how long people spend on each page, where people go and other site usage information). Google has access to that information if you are signed in to Google as you browse. We can only see 'aggregated' results, that is, we can't identify individual people from their browsing session.

  • __utma - deleted after 2 years
  • __utmb - deleted after 12 hours
  • __utmc - deleted when you quit your browser
  • __utmz - deleted after 6 months

Cookies set by AddThis

These cookies are set by the AddThis share button. AddThis is an off-the-shelf component that we use to make it easy for you to share website pages with your friends on social media channels.

  • __atuvc - deleted when you quit your browser
  • dt - deleted after 1 day
  • di - deleted after 1 day
  • loc - deleted after 3 months
  • psc - deleted after 1 day
  • ssc - deleted after 1 day
  • uid - deleted after 1 day
  • uit - deleted after 2 days
  • uvc - deleted after 1 day