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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 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.

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.

The website uses the Expression Engine content management system, which sets the cookies:

exp_tracker – which tracks the last two pages visited so that an internal ‘return=’ parameter can function appropriately.

exp_last_visit and exp_last_activity – which store date/time information of the visitor’s last visit and activity respectively.

Cookies set by third parties

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


Certain publications are presented using an interactive user interface provided by Issuu.  Their privacy statement can be found at:


An embedded Twitter feed is displayed in the footer of each webpage.  Their privacy statement can be found at: 


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