Cookies Policy

Introduction

This page, with our Privacy Policy, details our use of cookies on this website. By using this site you indicate that you accept this Cookies Policy and our Privacy Policy and you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these, please do not use this website. We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure you are happy with any changes.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. We may link the information we store in cookies to any personal information you submit while on our website. Cookies save data about individual visitors to the website, such as the visitor's IP address, name, password, username, screen preferences, the pages of a website viewed by the visitor, and the advertisements viewed or clicked by the visitor.

What Do We Use Cookies For?

We use cookies to identify a visitor's browser, to anonymously track visits or to enhance the experience of the website. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. When a visitor revisits the website, we may recognize the visitor by the cookie and customise the visitor's experience accordingly.

Web Beacons

We employ a software technology called web beacons (a.k.a. clear gif, web bug, pixel, tag), that help us better manage content on our website by informing us what content is effective. Web beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. Data collected can include IP addresses. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We link the information gathered to our users’ or customers’ personal information to enable website tailoring, providing a better user experience, producing more relevant communications, achieving insights and internal reporting.

3rd Party Tracking

The use of cookies by our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company or service providers is not covered by this Policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies. Our third party partners employ web beacons, images, and scripts that help them better manage content on our website. We link the information gathered to our users’ or customers’ personal information to enable website tailoring, providing a better user experience, producing more relevant communications, achieving insights and internal reporting.

Behavioural Targeting / Re-Targeting

We partner with third party ad networks, including Facebook and Google, to either display advertising on our websites or to manage our advertising on other websites. Our ad network partners use cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect both personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information about your activities on this and other websites to provide you targeted advertising based upon your interests.

Third Party Cookies and Analytics

When you visit certain sections of our website and/or use our mobile application (if any), third parties may place cookies on your computer's browser and/or make use of web beacons to collect information. This information may include things such as your use of the website or mobile application, device and browser information and ad data. The information generated by the cookies and web beacons about your use of the website is transmitted to those third parties. This information is then used for the purpose of compiling statistical reports to enable us to measure and analyse the number of visits to the site and its pages, the average time spent on the site and the pages viewed; serving targeted advertising to you (including use to target advertising on other sites or applications based on your online activity); providing us with services and enhancing/improving our website, mobile application/s and the third party's technology products and services.

How To Manage Cookies and Targeted Advertising

There are a number of methods and tools visitors to our website can use to manage the how cookies are stored on their device and to restrict targeted advertising based on their browsing activities.

Using your browser settings to manage cookies

You can use your Internet browser to manage which cookies can be saved to your computer. You can remove existing cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser's "help" file. If you reject cookies, you may still have access to our website, but your ability to use some areas of our website, such as contests or surveys, may be limited. Instructions for amending cookie settings on popular browsers can be found:

  • Here for Google Chrome
  • Here for Safari
  • Here for Mozilla Firefox
  • Here for Internet Explorer

Opting-out of targeted advertising

If you wish to not information on your activities used for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, you may opt-out by clicking Here and Here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads or targeted ads where third parties do not honour opt-out capabilities.

Opting-out of Google Analytics

When you visit certain sections of the website, Google Analytics, a website analytics service provided by Google, Inc ("Google"), will place cookies on your computer's browser. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website is transmitted to Google. This information is then used for the purpose of compiling statistical reports to enable us to measure and analyse the number of visits to the website and its pages, the average time spent on the site and the pages viewed. We will not (and will not allow any third party to) use Google Analytics to track or to collect any personal data of visitors to our website. We will not associate any data gathered via use of cookies with any personal data from any source as part of our use of Google Analytics. For further information about Google Analytics please visit www.google.com/analytics and for details of Google Analytics' Privacy Policy, please visit https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You may choose to opt-out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on which you may access at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

Cookies used on this website

Information on the cookies and web beacons used on this website are provided below, with cookies separated by type based on their purpose.

Category: Necessary

Cookie details

Type

Expiry

Name: _cfduid

Source: Google Analytics

Purpose: Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.

HTTP

1 year

Name: JSESSIONID

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Preserves users’ states across page requests.

HTTP

Session

Category: Statistics

Cookie details

Type

Expiry

Name: _ga

Source: Google Analytics

Purpose: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

HTTP

2 years

Name: _gat

Source: Google Analytics

Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

HTTP

1 day

Name: _gid

Source: Google Analytics

Purpose: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

HTTP

1 day

Name: uvc

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Updates the counter for the website’s social sharing feature

HTTP

1 day

Category: Marketing

Cookie details

Type

Expiry

Name: _ab12#

Source: Google

Purpose: Used as part of the ShareThis service and monitors click-stream activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc.

HTTP

1 year

Name: _hssrc

Source: Google

Purpose: Collects statistical data related to the user's website visits, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and what pages have been loaded. The purpose is to segment the website's users according to factors such as demographics and geographical location, in order to enable media and marketing agencies to structure and understand their target groups to enable customised online advertising.

HTTP

Session

Name: _fbp

Source: Google

Purpose: Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers

HTTP

1 day

Name: _hjIncludedInSample

Source: gapyear,com

Purpose: It uniquely identifies a visitor during a single browser session and indicates they are included in an audience sample.

HTTP

Session

Name: criteo_write_test

Source: Google

Purpose: Sets a unique ID for the visitor that allows third party advertisers to target the visitor with relevant advertisement. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.

HTTP

1 day

Name: cto_lwid

Source: Google

Purpose: Used by Google to collect anonymous information on visitor behaviour for use on Google Adwords. The data is anonymous and helps Google deliver relevant advertising on other websites.

HTTP

13 mths

Name: cto_tld_test

Source: Google

Purpose: Used to identify the visitor across visits and devices. This allows the website to present the visitor with relevant advertisement - The service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers.

HTTP

1 day

Name: fr

Source: Facebook.com

Purpose: Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers. For more information about Facebook cookies visit facebook.com/policies/cookies/.

HTTP

3 mths

Name: GoogleAdServingTest

Source: Google

Purpose: Used to register what ads have been displayed to the user.

HTTP

Session

Name: GPS

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.

HTTP

1 day

Name: hubspotuk

Source: HubSpot

Purpose: Keeps track of a visitor's identity. This cookie is passed to the marketing platform Hub Spot on form submission and used when de-duplicating contacts.

HTTP

1 year

Name: IDE

Source: Google

Purpose: Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.

HTTP

1 year

Name: MR

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Used to track visitors on multiple websites, in order to present relevant advertisement based on the visitor’s preferences.

HTTP

179 days

Name: MUID

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Used widely by Microsoft as a unique user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.

HTTP

1 year

Name: MUIDB

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Registers data on visitors from multiple visits and on multiple websites. This information is used to measure the efficiency of advertisement on websites.

HTTP

1 year

Name: PREF

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.

HTTP

8 mths

Name: ra1_sid / ra1_uid / RA1balancer

Source: Google

Purpose: Registers anonymised user data, such as IP address, geographical location, visited websites, and what ads the user has clicked, with the purpose of optimising ad display based on the user's movement on websites that use the same ad network.

HTTP

1 year

Name: test_cookie

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.

HTTP

1 day

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.

HTTP

179 days

Name: YSC

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Registers a unique ID to keep statistics on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.

HTTP

Session

Name: yt-remote-cast-installed / yt-remote-fast-check-period / yt-remote-session-app / yt-remote-session-name

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube videos.

HTML

Session

Name: yt-remote-connected-devices / yt-remote-device-id

Source: YouTube

Purpose: Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

HTML

Persistent

Category: Unclassified

Cookie details

Type

Expiry

Name: _stn_uid

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

10 years

Name: _y2 / _yi

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

1 year

Name: _yi / 1014

Type: HTML

Expiry: Persistent

Purpose: Pending

HTML

Persistent

Name: bp-activity-oldestpage

Source: gapyear.com

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

Session

Name: cobrand

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

29 days

Name: Coyote-2-4833a8c0

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

1 day

Name: global / lastWindowsRefresh / isTrailingTabActive

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTML

Session

Name: popover

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

Session

Name: ra1_sgm_#

Source: Google

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

1 year

Name: sa_uuid

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk / gapyear.com

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

10 years

Name: sp

Source: v2.dc.yieldify.com

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

1 year

Name: st_browser_id

Source: travelsmarter.net

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

1 year

Name: stn-test-AD_VERTICAL / stn-test-EXIT_UNIT / stn-test-HOTEL_IN_AIR

Source: Google

Purpose: Pending

HTML

Persistent

Name: SU_CURRENCY

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTML

Persistent

Name: SU_LANG

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTML

Session

Name: version_geolocation / version_suwebsite

Source: studentuniverse.co.uk

Purpose: Pending

HTTP

Session

Web beacons

Web beacon details

Type

Expiry

Name: _ptg.gif

Source: Hubspot.com

Purpose: Sends data to the marketing platform Hubspot about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

Pixel

Session

Name: r/collect

Source: doubleclick.net

Purpose: This cookie is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behavior. It tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

Pixel

Session

Name: r1/pixel/x43612

Source: gwallet.com

Purpose: Marketing pixel from gwallet.com which now links through to rhythmone.com

Pixel

Session

Name: tr

Source: Facebook

Purpose: Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.

Pixel

Session

Name: ddm/fls/z/src

Source: Google

Purpose: Marketing pixel by adservice.google.com

Pixel

Session

Name: leavebehind / event

Source: smarter-metrics.smartertravel.com

Purpose: Marketing pixel by smarter-metrics.smarttravel.com

Pixel

Session