Cookie Policy

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: and for a video about cookies visit

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. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order 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 or e-billing, cannot be provided.

The following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Strictly Necessary’:

  • CMS Session Cookie - this cookie is created everytime you access the Southern Regional College website and expires once you leave. It essentially identifies your visit but does 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 identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

The following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Performance’:

  • 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 and to aid the tracking of website visitors, but do not collect personal data about our website visitors. To read more about Google Analytics & cookies, click here
    • 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 user name, 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 in 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 following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Functionality’:

  • OptanonAlertBoxClosed & OptanonConsent - these cookies are used to store your consent to having cookies stored, preventing you from having to click "Accept" every time you visit our site.
  • YouTube - we have some YouTube videos embedded across our site.  As the site accesses YouTube, cookies are used.

Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts 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 campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’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 following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Targeting’:

  • Facebook - we use conversion tracking which enables us to track visitors who have been referred through a Facebook page, application or advertisement.  Information regarding your visit will be shared with Facebook but this will not include any personal information or information specific to your application if you are completing an online application.  Facebook will use this information to monitor on our behalf the effectiveness of our advertising.  The information we share with Facebook will only be used in accordance with Facebook's data use policy