Cookies we use

A cookie is a small file downloaded on to your device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow sites to recognise your device when you make a return visit.

What is a cookie

A cookie is a small file downloaded on to your device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow sites to recognise your device when you make a return visit.

We use several types of cookies across our website. Some are essential, while others you can opt out of or block. Opting out or blocking some cookies may affect the functionality of the website.

When you leave our website or click on links that lead to external websites, we are unable to control what cookies are set in any way. You will need to set your cookie preferences for those sites as well.

All About Cookies

Why and how we use cookies

There are broadly four reasons why a cookie might be stored on your device when visiting our website.

Cookies that make the website work properly for you and enable you to make use of the secure online services that we provide.

Cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is then anonymised and 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.

These cookies are placed on your device either by the DCC or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the website. Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

How to block cookies

First of all you can give your consent to the setting of cookies or remove it any time by interacting with the University cookie consent banner which is on every page of the University website.

You can also restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked.

Check information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies. Alternatively, websites such as “All About Cookies” provide comprehensive guidance.

Guide to managing cookies

Types of cookies

A list of all the cookies used on our website.

Strictly necessary cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the DCC website delivers you information and services securely and optimally.

You must accept these essential cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
SESSIONID A random unique number or string of letters and numbers. A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.
has_js A binary value of 1 (true) or 0 (false). This cookie helps the website understand if the browser javascript functionality is enabled or not, so as to proceed accordingly. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.
__jid, This cookie helps the website understand if the browser javascript functionality is enabled or not, so as to proceed accordingly. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.

Functionality cookies

Some cookies enable websites to remember choices their users make, for example, user name. These cookies are known as “functionality cookies” and help to improve a user’s experience of a website by providing a more personalised service.

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
cookie-agreed-on This provides a record of your acceptance of the use of cookies on this site. After 12 months

Performance cookies

We use a number of tools that monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services.

Google Analytics

Google's privacy policy

Opt out of Google Analytics

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors.

So we can better understand how people use our website.

You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website

The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.

Third Party Cookies

Some of our webpages use third-party services or software, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies on your device.

We will ask for consent for these cookies to be set, and you’ll need to accept these cookies if you wish to view the content.

ShareThis

ShareThis privacy policy and Opting Out

Opt out of scorecard research tracking

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires

__stid, __stidv, __uset, __unam, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz,

UID, UIDR

Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service. We use ShareThis to provide buttons on all pages to help you share our content. ShareThis also makes use of Scorecard Research tracking which set the UID and UIDR cookies.

The longest lasting cookie (e.g. __utma) expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.

Disqus

Disqus privacy policy

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, __qca, disqus_unique, UIDR, mc, UID, testCookie Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service. Disqus set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Disqus comment box. While we have no control over the cookies set by Disqus, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Disqus users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google, Facebook, Twitter or Disqus account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Disqus, in which case it is linked to your Disqus, Google, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The __utma, -b, -c, -v and –z cookies have the same expiration as our Google Analytics cookies. __qca expires 26 years after your last visit to a page containing Disqus, while disqus unique expires in 6 months.

Google Maps

Google's privacy policy

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level. Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

YouTube

Google's privacy policy

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Youtube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Youtube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.

SlideShare

Slideshare's Privacy Policy

Opt out of quantserve/quantcast tracking

Opt out of scorecard research tracking

Name Data Stored Purpose Expires
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, SERVERID, UID, UIDR, mc Unique numbers that identify your browser and interaction history, and a unique ID that identifies our service. Slideshare set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Slideshare comment box. While we have no control over the cookies set by Slideshare, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Slideshare users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Facebook or Slideshare account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Slideshare, in which case it is linked to your Slideshare and/or Facebook account. The mc cookie set by quantserve appears to be related to advertising, and may track your behaviour on our website. The UID and UIDR cookies set by scorecard research appear to be related to market research, and may track your behaviour on our website. SERVERID and __utmc expire when you close your browser. __utmb expires in 30 minutes. __utmz expires in 6 months. mc expires in 5 years, and the rest expire 2 years after your last visit to a page that contains a Slideshare slideshow.

Contact DCC about cookies we use

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at info@dcc.ac.uk