What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: hallaboutcookies.org and youronlinechoices.eu. To view a video about cookies visit https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie Guide. The following details all cookies used on this website.
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets cannot be provided.
The cookies that we have defined as ‘Strictly Necessary’ are:
- CRAFT_CSRF_TOKEN, CraftSessionId, PHPSESSID - these cookies are created every time you access the Southern Regional College website and expire once you leave. They essentially identify your visit but do not track.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identify a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how this website works.
The cookies that we have defined as ‘Performance’ are:
- Google Analytics - _gid, _gat, _ga - we use Google Analytics to track visitors to our website and collect information on how our visitors use our website. We use this information to help improve our website. Google Analytics creates three cookies to aid the tracking of website visitors, but does not collect personal data. To read more about Google Analytics & Cookies visit: developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage. Please note you have the option to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts, and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
The cookies that we have defined as ‘Functionality’ are:
- CookieControl - this cookie is used to remember your choice regarding whether or not you accept non-neccessary cookies.
- YouTube – as we have YouTube videos embedded across our site, this cookie is required.
Category 4: Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with Southern regional College’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
The cookies that we have defined as ‘Targeting’ are:
- Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat/TikTok - we use conversion tracking which enables us to track visitors who have been referred through a Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok page, application or advertisement. Information regarding your visit will be shared with these channels but this will not include any personal information or information specific to your application if you are completing an online application. These platforms will use this information to monitor, on our behalf, the effectiveness of our advertising.
- The information we share with Facebook and Instagram will only be used in accordance with their data use policy facebook.com/about/privacy.