Cookies details

Last update 03rd February 2021

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files placed on to your computer by the websites you visit. They help the website work properly, improve your experience and allow website-owners to analyse visits.

How cookies work: When you first visit a site that uses cookies, a simple text file is downloaded on to your computer, which is then read each time you return to that site. The file, called a ‘cookie’, can be used to remember your preferences, or to personalise searches that you have conducted in the past.

Cookies can be placed by the website owners (first party cookies) or by a third party website to either enable external content or deliver advertising (third party cookies). Most website will classify their cookies in groups:

Strictly necessary cookies (first party) are essential for a website to operate securely and deliver the service you require.

Functional cookies (first party) allow you a smoother experience on site.

Performance cookies (first or third-party cookies) help website-owners make improvements by collecting information such as the number and length of visits and pages viewed.

Marketing cookies first or third-party) help website owners deliver relevant advertising and fund some of the cost of running the website and provide you with free service.

How can cookies be managed/blocked?

You can set your device to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at all. If you choose not to receive cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the website's features and we may not be able to personalise your experience on site. Each internet browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your browser to find out how to change your cookie preferences.

More information on cookies is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/online/cookies/ or All About Cookies [https://www.allaboutcookies.org/]

What are your cookies choices?

Currently available to visitors from Canada only

We have classified our cookies in four categories: strictly necessary, functional, performance and marketing.

When you visit our website, you have an option to accept all cookies or select the type of cookies you are comfortable to be placed on your device. We will remember your choice for 30 days and ask you to reconsent again after this period or every time you clear your cookies.

You can change your cookie preference at any time for all but the strictly necessary cookies. Without strictly necessary cookies our website will not work, nor we can deliver a service to you. These cookies are placed by default when you visit our website and are always active.

You can change your preference for the other three categories at any time by revisiting this page and clicking on ‘Manage Cookies’ button. Whenever you deactivate functional cookies, we clear these from your devices. If you deactivate performance or marketing cookies, you will need to clear your browser data to remove these cookies as they may include third-party cookies which are not managed by us directly.

To clear your cookies please go to your browser settings and select ‘Privacy and Security’ and look for Cookies. You can than clear individual or all cookies at once. You can also set your device to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at all. You can usually find these settings in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. The following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS

Retargeting services

We use retargeting services on behalf of education institutions partners to show you advertising that you may be interested in, based on your interactions on our sites. When you are visiting other websites, such as a news service, you may see one of these ads.

Retargeting works by analysing the areas you look at online – such as course subjects or university locations – and creating targeted online advertising campaigns on behalf of our advertising clients. The content of the adverts will specifically support your educational journey, with a particular focus on the types of subjects and institutions which you have previously viewed on our websites.

Cookies and Smart Pixel technologies support our retargeting services which are delivered via partners such as Admedo.

What type of cookies do we use?

We use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are required for the operation of our website.

Cookie used Cookie name Purpose Life Time
1st party USR_CK To enable "Remember me" functionality 30 days
1st party SLC_CK To store the shortlisted institutions and courses by users When browser is closed
1st party userType To show the cookie policy notification 365 days
1st party HINT_TRACK_SESS_ID To link all the actions to the user who registers at the end of the journey 30 days
1st party DP_PROS_SRT_DET To store Multiple DP basket details When browser is closed
1st party wcache To identify the cacheable pages When browser is closed
1st party SLEXC_C_CK To exclude the colleges in comparison basket When browser is closed
1st party SLEXC_O_CK To exclude the courses in comparison basket When browser is closed
1st party USR_WDGT_ID To set the user ID from callback form widget When browser is closed
1st party JSESSIONID To keep users logged in during their session When browser is closed
1st party cookieconsent To keep the cookie consent preference of user 30 days

Analytical/performance cookies.

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our sites and see how users move around the sites. This information helps us to improve our websites, for example, by ensuring that users can easily find what they are looking for.

Cookie used Cookie name Purpose Life Time
1st party STU_LVL_SUBJ To hold the interested subject and study level based on the user current journey When browser is closed
1st party HOME_COOKIE_PROFILE To show the subject pod, country pod and featured institution pod on home page based on user journey When browser is closed
1st party u_enq "To store the user first name, last name from the facebook login. " When browser is closed
1st party USER_SEARCH_POD To prepopulate last user data in search bar When browser is closed
1st party ENQ_DRAFT_BANNER_CK To display the draft banner in the page When browser is closed
1st party ENQ_DRAFT_CK To store the id and count of draft enquiry form functionality 30 days

Functionality cookies

These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). If you choose not to receive functional cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the website's features and we may not be able to personalise your experience on site.

Cookie used Cookie used Purpose Life Time
1st party DP_PROS_GA_LOG_LIST_COOKIE To store Multiple DP GA logging list details When browser is closed
3rd party __gads It is created by Google Analytics 1 year 1 month
3rd party _ga It is created by Google Analytics 2 years
3rd party _gid It is created by Google Analytics 1day
3rd party _vis_opt_s It is created by VWO 3 months
3rd party _vis_opt_test_cookie It is created by VWO session
3rd party _vwo_ds It is created by VWO 2 months
3rd party _vwo_sn It is created by VWO <1 day
3rd party _vwo_uuid It is created by VWO 10 years
3rd party _vwo_uuid_v2 It is created by VWO 3 years
3rd party _gat It is created by Google Analytics <1 day
3rd party _gat_newTracker It is created by Google Analytics <1 day
3rd party _gat_UA-127963276-2 It is created by Google Analytics <1 day
3rd party _gat_vwo It is created by Google Analytics N/A
3rd party AMP_TOKEN To retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service 1 day
3rd party performance Google tag managment cooke used for testing purposes N/A

Marketing cookies

Most of the marketing cookies are third parties cookies (for example advertising networks and external service providers such as web traffic analysis services) over which we have no direct control.

Cookie used Type Purpose
3rd party fr It is created by Facebook
3rd party _fbp It is created by Facebook
3rd party fbsr_285023891541617 It is created by Facebook, here cookie name is dynamic
3rd party fbm_285023891541617 It is created by Facebook, here cookie name is dynamic
3rd party IDE Banner
3rd party tuuid_lu It is created by Admedo
3rd party tuuid It is created by Admedo
3rd party c It is created by Admedo