Cookie Policy

Most websites use cookies in order to improve user experience by enabling the website to ‘remember’ the user, either for the duration of their visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies are used across by the College to:

  • remember user preferences and display customised pages;
  • collect information to help manage and improve our web services;
  • establish browsing patterns

While there are ways to block cookies, please be aware if you do this some aspects of our websites will not work correctly.

What is a cookie?

Put simply, cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Only the website which ‘places’ a cookie will be able to access it or read its contents. Each cookie is also unique to a particular device and web browser (for example, if you use a different computer, or a different web browser on the same computer, you will have different cookies).

First party cookies

The table below lists the cookies that we set from a College website and in one of the College’s domains (portsmouth-college.ac.uk or tpc.ac.uk), and explains our purpose for setting each cookie.

 

CookieNamePurpose
Google Analytics_ga _gat _gidMost of our web pages contain Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of your visit, the type of operating system and browser being used, approximate geographic location, the page being visited and details of the page that led you to our website. This information is aggregated and we then use it to identify usage trends and make decisions about which content is most effective. You can learn more by reading the Google Privacy Policy.

acl-moodle.tpc.ac.uk and ilearn.portsmouth-college.ac.uk

CookieNamePurpose
MoodleMoodleSessionProvides continuity and maintains your login from page to page.

web02.tpc.ac.uk

CookieNamePurpose
Adult and Community Learning EnrolmentAclEnrolProvides continuity and maintains details of your selected course as you progress through the process of applying for (or enrolling on) an Adult Education course.

Third party cookies

Our websites include features and functionality provided by third parties such as Facebook, Google and Twitter which may also set cookies on your device. In these cases, it is the third party that decides what type of information is stored in the cookie and how it is used.

These are known as ‘third party cookies’ and are set with different domains to the one displayed in your browser address bar.

The table below explains more about the third party services we use that may set cookies, and our reason for using these services.

ServicePurpose
FacebookSome of our pages utilise Facebook features (such as the ‘Like’ button) which will store information if and when you interact with them. Facebook will store and use information such as IP address, approximate location, browser type, the URL visited, whether logged into Facebook and if so, the Facebook account. You can learn more by reading the Facebook Data Policy.
Google AnalyticsMost of our web pages contain Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of your visit, the type of operating system and browser being used, approximate geographic location and details of the page that led you to our website. This information is aggregated and we then use it to identify usage trends and make decisions about which content or ways of presenting this content are most effective. You can learn more by reading the Google Privacy Policy.
Google MapsWe have embedded Google Maps in some of our pages. Google may use cookies to store user preferences or the last location selected. You can learn more by reading the Google Privacy Policy.
InstagramSome of our pages incorporate an Instagram feed. Instagram uses cookies to understand how you interact with the site, help with preferences and uses the information to provide marketing relevant to your interests. You can learn more by reading the Instagram Privacy Policy.
TwitterSome of our pages incorporate a Twitter feed. On others, we use Twitter buttons to link through to the corresponding Twitter feed. Twitter use cookies to measure how effective these buttons are and how you might get to Twitter. You can learn more by reading the Twitter Privacy Policy.
VimeoWe embed videos from Vimeo into some of our pages. You can learn more by reading the Vimeo Privacy Policy.
YouTube We embed videos from YouTube into some of our pages. You can learn more by reading the Google Privacy Policy.

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