How we use cookies

We want to be open in the way we use cookies, and to help you make informed choices about the information you provide to us and third parties when you visit our websites.

“A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto a device (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.”

- From the Information Commissioner’s Office guidance on use of cookies

We use several types of cookies for a number of reasons across the college’s websites. Some are essential, while others you can opt out of or block. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may, however, prevent you from taking full advantage of the website’s functionality.

There are broad categories why a cookie will be stored on your device when visiting the college’s websites.

  • Cookies that make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of any secure online services that we provide.
  • Cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is used to help us improve our online services.
  • Cookies that remember your preferences and make the site easier for you to use.
  • Cookies that are placed by third party services that we make use of to enhance the information we present online. We have no control over these third party cookies, but specifically list their use and indicate the privacy statements of the organisations involved.
  • For marketing purposes, we also deploy third party remarketing cookies. These cookies are used to deliver advertisements 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 an advertising campaign.  You will explicitly be asked for your consent for this type of cookie.

Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit the website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

This website uses the DNN (previously named DotNetNuke) content management system, which uses cookies that are essential to its ability to function. Many of the cookies relate to authentication and authorisation and as such they are only set for users ‘logging into’ the site, they are not relevant (and not set) for someone purely viewing the website. Others store details to support and assist the user’s interactions with the site during their current session only and are deleted once the browser is closed. For more detailed information regarding DNN cookies, please visit

On initial access, this website informs visitors that cookies are used and prompts for explicit consent for third party remarketing cookies. This is facilitated by the CIVIC Cookie Control mechanism which sets a cookie (CookieControl) storing the visitor’s decision.  The cookies GCookie and SCookie are also created with a value of 'set' if explicit consent for third party remarketing cookies is given.

Cookies set by third parties

The following third party functionality is embedded into certain pages of the website and the third party will set their own cookie(s). We have no control over these cookies.

Facebook and Google

Facebook and Google may use cookies, web beacons and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from this websites and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads.  You can opt out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting as described at and


Interactive timelines are presented using a user interface provided by Tiki-Toki. Their privacy statement can be found at:

A step by step guide on how to control and delete cookies in various browsers is available at

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