Cookies details

Last update 16th July 2019

What are cookies?

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

This is 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, or cookie, can be used to remember user names, passwords and preferences, for instance, or to personalise searches that you have conducted in the past. All of this information allows you a smoother experience on site. Cookies also help website-owners make improvements by collecting information such as the number and length of visits and pages viewed.

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 UK Information Commissioner's Office.

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, Adroll, Facebook and Instagram.

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.

Name Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID To keep users logged in during their session Session cookie

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.

Name Purpose Expires
DP_PROS_GA_LOG_LIST_COOKIEJSESSIONID To store Multiple DP GA logging list details Session cookie

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).

Name Purpose Expires
SLC_CK To store the shortlisted institutions and courses by users Session cookie
wcache To identify the cacheable pages Session cookie
u_enq To store the user first name, last name from the facebook login Session cookie
DP_PROS_SRT_DET To store Multiple DP basket details Session cookie
USR_CK To enable "Remember me" functionality 30 days
userType To show the cookie policy notification 30 days
ENQ_DRAFT_BANNER_CK To display the draft banner in the page Session cookie
HINT_TRACK_SESS_ID To link all the actions to the user who registers at the end of the journey 30 days
STU_LVL_SUBJ To hold the interested subject and study level based on the user journey Session cookie
USER_SEARCH_POD To prepopulate last user data in search bar Session cookie
SLEXC_C_CK To exclude the colleges in comparison basket Session cookie
SLEXC_O_CK To exclude the courses in comparison basket Session cookie
USR_WDGT_ID To set the user ID from callback form widget Session cookie
HOME_COOKIE_PROFILE To show the subject pod, country pod and featured institution pod on home page based on user journey Session cookie
ENQ_DRAFT_CK To store the id and count of draft enquiry form functionality Session cookie

Third party cookies

Please note that third parties (for example advertising networks and external service providers such as web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

Third party Purpose Type
DoubleClick for Publishers This is being used for showing the banners in the site. Not linking to user information. Advertising
Google Analytics This is used of tracking the site traffic details. Not linking to user information Analytics
Facebook This is to provide the facebook sharing as well as for providing option to the user using facebook login. Social Media
VWO To allow different tests and track visitor behaviour on the website to deliver the best user experience. No personally identifiable information is collected A/B Testing
Admedo This helps us evaluate the success of our advertising campaigns. No personal identifying information is collected by Hotcourses Retargeting
plusone For google plus sharing. Not linked to user information Social
Adroll This helps us evaluate the success of our advertising campaigns. No personal identifying information is collected by Hotcourses Retargeting