A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer or mobile device by your web browser when you access a website. Cookies store information such as user preferences, to allow web applications to offer you a personalised experience and allow us to monitor which pages users find useful so we can improve your website experience.
This statement aims to provide you with information on what cookies are how we use them and how to accept or reject them.
There are two different types of cookies:
Session Cookies: These are created temporarily when a user visits a website. Once the user closes the browser the cookie is deleted.
Persistent Cookies: This type of cookie remains on the user’s device for a certain period of time. The cookie is re-activated when the user returns to website that set that particular cookie. These cookies can be removed manually.
The UK International Chamber of Commerce categorises cookies as:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
- Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website to help improve the performance of the site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. These cookies are anonymous and do not collect personal data that could identify a visitor.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies provide an enhanced, more personalised experience by storing your preferences such as user name or region you are in.
- Targeting/advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver targeted adverts more relevant to you and your interests.
No information from cookies can be traced to an individual person, and the cookie only relates to activity on our websites.
The information cannot be used for marketing on an individual basis and does not compromise the security of your device.
Edinburgh College Cookies
Edinburgh College uses Google Analytics to track how our website is being used. This is enables us to improve the website to better meet the needs of users.
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Google Analytics cookies are present on every page on the website and store information such as the location of the user, how they found the site (search engine, direct link etc,), what pages they have visited and how long they have spent on the site.
This information is anonymous and cannot be traced to an individual.
Share This Content
Users can share information on our website the various social media through the “Share this Content” tool bar.
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Users can use the website accessibility features to change the font size, background colour and text colour of pages on the website. This allows for better readability of the website.
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These cookies are used to ensure that any changes made are present on all pages on the website. As such, these cookies are present on all pages, but only if the user has specified a custom setting.
Previously Viewed Courses
Users can see their previously visited courses on the right hand side of any course pages.
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This provides the user with the ability to quickly navigate to one of up to the last three courses that they have viewed on the website. This cookie is only used on Course Pages.
If you would prefer cookies not to store data, or would like to manage individual cookies, you can do this through your web browser.
Some cookies are essential for the operation of websites, others are not. Opting out or blocking some cookies may affect the functionality of these sites.
Click on the links below for more information on the most popular browsers:
For more information on legislation regarding cookies, download the Information Commisioner's Office guidelines (PDF).