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What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files placed on to your computer by the websites you visit. They help improve your experience and allow website-owners to analyse visits.

This is how cookies work: When you first visit a site that uses cookies, a simple text file is downloaded on to your computer, which is then read each time you return to that site. The file, or cookie, can be used to remember user names, passwords and preferences, for instance, or to personalise searches that you have conducted in the past. All of this information allows you a smoother experience on site. Cookies also help website-owners make improvements by collecting information such as the number and length of visits and pages viewed.

How can cookies be managed/blocked?

You can set your device to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at all. If you choose not to receive cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the website's features and we may not be able to personalise your experience on site. Each internet browser is different, so check the ‘Help’ menu of your browser to find out how to change your cookie preferences. More information on cookies is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/online/cookies/

Retargeting services

We use retargeting services on behalf of education institutions partners to show you advertising that you may be interested in, based on your interactions on our sites. When you are visiting other websites, such as a news service, you may see one of these ads.

Retargeting works by analysing the areas you look at online – such as course subjects or university locations – and creating targeted online advertising campaigns on behalf of our advertising clients. The content of the adverts will specifically support your educational journey, with a particular focus on the types of subjects and institutions which you have previously viewed on our websites.

Cookies and Smart Pixel technologies support our retargeting services which are delivered via partners such as Admedo, Adroll, Facebook and Instagram.

What type of cookies do we use?

We use the following cookies:

Analytical/performance cookies.

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our sites and see how users move around the sites. This information helps us to improve our websites, for example, by ensuring that users can easily find what they are looking for.

Cookie Name Purpose Life time
_ga This cookie helps us count the number of people visiting Postgraduate Search by tracking if you've visited before. 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit Postgraduate Search by tracking if you’ve visited before. 24 hours
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made. 10 minutes
_gat_newTracker This cookie allows us to analyse the website usage, by users, to improve the content and services. 24 hours
_utma This cookie is used to record anonymous information about the traffic the site receives. This particular cookie is one of a number of cookies on the site from the third-party Google Analytics traffic statistics service. This data informs us on how to improve for our users the pages and journeys on the site. 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time a user spends on the Postgraduate Search site. Today
_utmc This cookie works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
_utmz This cookie tells us how you reached the Whatuni site, for example from a search engine or via a different website.6 months
_utmv This cookie is used to record anonymous information about the traffic the site receives. This particular cookie is one of a number of cookies on the site from the third-party Google Analytics traffic statistics service. This data informs us on how to improve for our users the pages and journeys on the site. Today
AMP_TOKEN This cookie contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. 1 year

Functionality Cookies

These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Cookie Name What it's for Life time
ev1 To store the search keyword At end of the session, when you close the browser.
ORA_WX_SESSION This cookie is used to give each user a unique identifier so we can make your journey smoother while you are on the site. This might include keeping you logged in if you have registered or maintaining anything you may have shortlisted. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
pgsuid Persistent login cookies are the cookies that are stored with your browser when you click the "remember me" button on the login form. 1 year
pgs_x This cookie is used to record the session information. At the end of the session, when you close the browser.
pgs_track_id This cookie is used to record the unique track session information. 30 days
pgs_bsktid This cookie is used to record the comparison information. 6 months
wcache This cookie is used to clear the web cache when a user logged in. At the end of the session, when you close the browser.
pgs_usertype This cookie is used to show the cookie pop-up for a first-time user. 1 year
SR_filter This cookie is used to set the selected filter section at the top for the filter action in mobile and ipad view. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
SR_region This cookie is used to store the region name and displays the selected location for a particular region. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
SR_ROLLUP This cookie is used to display a message when relevant data is not available for your search query. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
compareLb_dont This cookie is used to hide the 'compare' option when the user clicks the "Don't show". At end of the session, when you close the browser.
Nav_search_GA This cookie is used to log the keyword search from the homepage search bar Once the page has got rendered the cookie will be deleted.
funding_search_filter This cookie is used to set the selected filter section at the top for the filter action in mobile and ipad view in funding search page. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
cookie_splash_flag This cookie is used to record that the user has accepted the cookies policy on our site and reminds us not to show the same message. 30 days.
cookie_screen_width This cookie is used to record the user device screen resolution information. At the end of the session, when you close the browser.

Third party cookies

Please note that third parties (for example advertising networks and external service providers such as web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

Third-Party Type Purpose
VWO A/B Testing To allow different tests and track visitor behaviour on the website to deliver the best user experience. No personally identifiable information is collected.
Facebook Social Media These cookies enable you to share articles on Facebook.
Twitter Social Media These cookies enable you to share articles via Twitter.
YouTube Social Media These cookies enable you to view embedded YouTube videos on our site.
Admedo Retargeting These cookies let Admedo know when to serve ads, ensuring that ads are served to only to people who have previously visited the site.
Adroll Retargeting These cookies let Adroll know when to serve ads, ensuring that ads are served to only to people who have previously visited the site. This includes cross site tracking to tailor ads to user.
Google DoubleClick Advertising These cookies are used by Google's DoubleClick for Publishers system which serves the banner advertising on the site.
Google Adsense Advertising These cookies are used by Google's Adsense to measure interactions with ads and to prevent the same ad from being displayed too often.
GoogleAdServingTest Advertising This cookie is used to serve ads and advertising banners.