Information about our use of cookies

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We use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
ASP.NET_SessionId Session only 1st Used by our servers to create an anonymised user session
__RequestVerificationToken Session only 1st An anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies

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 Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
Alert Session only 1st Used to determine whether or not you have dismissed a homepage alert

Tracking cookies

These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the below:

Google Analytics/Google Tag Manager/Google Signals tracking cookie

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google. Google sets cookies to be able to identify unique users and sessions so that we are able to track behaviour and usage of visitors to our website. We use Google Tag Manager to help us load these tags and scripts on our website pages and Google Signals to track the behaviour of signed-in users across devices.

These cookies conform to Google’s privacy policy.

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
_dc_gtm_UA-265018-20 2 minutes 1st Associated with Google Tag Manager - a tool used for launching scripts and code on a web page
_gat_UA--265018-20 1 minute 1st Used to throttle the request rate
_ga_L13S650EX5 2 years 1st Used to enable Google Universal Analytics
_ga 2 years 1st Used to enable Google Universal Analytics
_gid 24 hours 1st A unique user ID used by Google Universal Analytics

Hotjar Tracking cookie

Hotjar is a behaviour analytics and user feedback service that helps the University understand the behaviour of our website users and get their feedback through tools such as heatmaps, session recordings, and surveys. We use it to improve our website’s content and usability. Hotjar stores first-party cookies on your browser and these are set by the Hotjar script, or by visiting Hotjar's website. These cookies do not personally identify anyone. If you want to opt-out of being tracked by Hotjar, read how to do this here.

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
_hjid 12 months 1st A unique user ID that enables Hotjar heatmaps, session recording and user feedback popups

Advertising and re-marketing on third party websites tracking cookies and pixels

As part of our marketing activity, we place adverts on third party sites and use technologies to track and retarget traffic that these adverts generate to our website. This includes the use of:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • YouTube
  • Linkedin
  • Amazon
  • DoubleClick
  • Adwords
  • Quora
  • Oribi

To find out more about cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org.

You can opt out of cookie-based advertisements from many advertising platforms by visiting Your Online Choices and switching off behavioural advertising from the organisations of your choice.

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
_gcl_au 3 months 1st Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services
oribi_user_guid 12 months 1st A unique user ID used by Oribi
oribi_session 24 hours 1st A unique session ID used by Oribi
_fbp 3 months 1st Used to enable Facebook marketing products
MUID 24 months 3rd A widely used tracking cookie set by Microsoft. Contains a unique user ID that can be used to track your movement between microsoft apps and services.
sc_at 12 months 3rd Used to enable Snapchat marketing products
vuid 2 years 3rd Used by Vimeo to provide analytics on video consumption
bridge_sid_XzExODU1MDE4NTk 2 hours 3rd A unique user ID used by Oribi
bridge_uid_XzExODU1MDE4NTk 1 minute 3rd Used to throttle Oribi request rates
tuuid 12 months 3rd Used to optimise programmatic advertising
c 12 months 3rd Unique ID associated with Admedo programmatic advertising
tuuid_lu 12 months 3rd Used to optimise programmatic advertising

Sitecore functionality, performance and analytics

Our website uses Sitecore cookies for the operation of our websites, for example, to enable you to move around the website and use its features, including giving you the right information and personalising your experience.

We have Sitecore cookies that enable us to anonymously analyse users’ activity on our sites so we can improve the way they work.

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
_scid 12 months 1st A unique user ID used by Sitecore
SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE 10 years 1st Used to enable Sitecore Experience Analytics

Additional cookie information

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like 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.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Except for some essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 36 months at the most.

Additional miscellaneous cookies are listed below:

H5P

We use H5P for interactive quizzes, games and other content on our website.

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
XSRF-TOKEN 7 days 3rd Used to enable H5P interactive widgets
h5pcomsession 7 days 3rd Used to remember your H5P preferences
CloudFront-Created-At Session only 3rd Used to ensure only verified users can access H5P widgets
CloudFront-Region Session only 3rd Used to ensure only verified users can access H5P widgets
CloudFront-Policy Session only 3rd Used to ensure only verified users can access H5P widgets
CloudFront-Signature Session only 3rd Used to ensure only verified users can access H5P widgets

VWO

VWO is used to help improve our users' experience by testing different types of content in-page for different users.

First-party Cookies in VWO

The list of First-party cookies is present in the following table.

Cookie name

Cookie type

Purpose

Duration

Applicable for product(s)

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}_

goal_{GOALID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a campaign goal is triggered. This cookie, when created, will always have a value of 1

100 Days

Testing, Personalize

_vis_opt_test_cookie

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created to detect if the cookies are enabled on the visitor’s browser or not. It also helps in tracking the number of browser sessions a visitor has gone through. The value of this cookie is always 1

Expires on browser close

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}_

combi

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a visitor is chosen for a particular variation for a test. This cookie makes sure that visitors see the same variation when they revisit the page in the future. Here the Control has a value of 1, Variation #1 has a value of 2, Variation #2 has a value of 3, and so on

100 Days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights (Surveys)

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}_

exclude

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a user has been excluded from a Test Campaign due to the traffic percentage specifications. The value is always 1

100 days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights (Surveys)

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}_

split

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when one of the variations is chosen for the visitor, but the visitor is not yet redirected to the variation page. It exists so that VWO can verify that the variation page corresponds to the chosen variation after landing on the page. The value is >=2 (as 1 corresponds to Control and it’s not created in case the Control is chosen)
NOTE:This cookie is created only for Split URL campaigns.

100 days

Testing

_vis_opt_s

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie tracks session created for a visitor, i.e., the number of times the browser was closed and reopened. The value is >=1, followed by a pipe sign.For example,the value of 2 indicates that the visitor restarted the browser once while 3 means twice

100 days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vis_opt_out

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie indicates that the visitor should not be made part of any campaign. Its value is 1

10 years

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vwo_uuid

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie generates a unique id for every visitor and is used for thereport segmentationfeature in VWO, and it also allows you to view data in a more refined manner

10 Years

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights, Engage

_vwo_uuid_{CAMPAIGNID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created for each cross-domain campaign. It generates a unique id for every visitor and is used for thereport segmentationfeature in VWO, and it also allows you to view data in a more refined manner

10 Years

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vwo_ds

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores persistent user-level data for VWO Insights

Depends on the retention period of the account

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vwo_sn

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores session-level information

30 mins and reset again to 30 mins on user activity

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vwo_uuid_v2

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie calculates unique traffic on a website

366 Days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_combi_choose

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the chosen combination. It’s a temporary cookie that gets deleted when the campaign changes are applied

Persists until campaign changes are applied

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vwo_referrer

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores referral info allowing VWO to identify the original Traffic source in case of the Split URL campaign
NOTE:This cookie is created only for Split URL campaigns but can be read by all campaign types.

15 secs

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vwo

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is a jar of all the cookies. It is currently created only for the Safari browser. In the future, it would replace all the cookies. The actual expiry of a cookie doesn’t matter as it stores the expiry of cookies set in it and keeps on expiring them

Expires in 2096 Years

 

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

wingify_push_db_status

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the subscription sync status of the subscriber with VWO Engage’s Server

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_subscription

_id

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the subscription ID to uniquely identify the subscriber generated by the browser

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_subscription

_endpoint

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the subscription endpoint of the subscription object specific to the browser(Chrome/Firefox)

10000 Days

Engage

pushcrew_opt_out

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is used for opting-out

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_do_not_show

_notification_popup

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the information if the first-step opt-in should show up or not. Valid only for 2 Step Opt-in

14 Days

Engage

pshcrw_update_subId

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is used for retrying the storage of subscriptions with VWO Engage’s Server. Used only in cases when the server is not reachable due to network issues

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_subscription

_status

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the information if the visitor is subscribed or unsubscribed to VWO Engage

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_subscriber

_lang

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the subscriber's browser language

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_donot_track

_actions

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie persists the information that subscriber actions should be tracked

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_do_not_show

_chicklet

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is used to decide if the chicklet for opting to notifications should be shown or not

10000 Days

Engage

_wingify_pc_uuid

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the subscriber ID to uniquely identify the subscriber. VWO generates this randomly

10000 Days

Engage

wingifyEcomData-*

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is persisted when the subscriber becomes part of Shopify segments created through VWO Engage App

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_gcm_id

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the FCM ID of the customer to identify which FCM key was used for subscribing

10000 Days

Engage

wingifyRetrySegment-*

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is persisted when wingifySegment-* cookie cannot be synced with VWO Engage Server

10000 Days

Engage

wingifySegment-*

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is persisted only when the subscriber is part of a segment that the user creates from the VWO Engage App

10000 Days

Engage

pshcrw_v_k

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the public VAPID Key of the customer to identify which VAPID key was used for subscribing

10000 Days

Engage

_pc_fb

 

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores Facebook messenger-specific information. Page ID, Count of times the messenger opt-in was shown, and the state of FB Messenger subscription is stored

10000 Days

Engage

wingify_push_subscriber

_id

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the subscriber ID to uniquely identify the subscriber. VWO generates this randomly

10000 days

Engage

Third-party Cookies in VWO

The list of Third-party cookies is present in the following table.

Cookie Name

Cookie Type

Purpose

Duration

Applicable for Product(s)

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_goal_{GOALID}_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a campaign goal is triggered. When created, this cookie always has a value of 1

100 Days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_combi_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a visitor is chosen for a particular variation of a test. It ensures that visitors see the same variation when they revisit the page. Here the Control always has the value of 1, Variation #1 always has the value of 2, Variation #2 has the value of 3, and so on

100 Days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_exclude_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a visitor has been excluded from a campaign due to the traffic percentage specifications. The value of this cookie is always 1

100 days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_split_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when one of the variations is chosen for the visitor, but the visitor is not yet redirected to the variation page. Using this, VWO verifies that the variation page corresponds to the chosen variation after landing on the page. The value will always be >=2 as it won’t be created in case the control is chosen

100 days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vwo_uuid_{CAMPAIGNID}

_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created for each cross-domain campaign. It generates a unique id for every visitor and is used for thereport segmentationfeature in VWO. It also allows you to view data in a refined manner

10 Years

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_combi_choose_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the chosen combination. It’s a temporary cookie that gets deleted when the campaign changes are applied

Persists until campaign changes are applied

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

Cookies Created While Previewing or Viewing Heatmaps

The list of cookies created while previewing or viewing heatmaps is present in the following table.

Cookie Name

Cookie Type

Purpose

Duration

Applicable for Product(s)

debug_vis_opt_exp_

{CAMPAIGNID}_goal

_{GOALID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a Test Campaign goal is triggered. This cookie, when created, will always have a value of 1

100 Days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

debug_vis_opt_test

_cookie

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created to detect if the cookies are enabled on the visitor's browser or not. It also helps in tracking the number of browser sessions a visitor has gone through. The value of this cookie is always 1

Expires on browser close

Testing, Deploy, Personalize,
Insights

debug_vis_opt_exp

_{CAMPAIGNID}_combi

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a visitor is chosen for a particular variation for a test. This cookie ensures that visitors see the same variation when they revisit the page in the future. Here the Control always has the value of 1, Variation #1 always has the value of 2, and Variation #2 has a value of 3, and so on

100 Days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights (Surveys)

debug_vis_opt_exp_

{CAMPAIGNID}_exclude

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when a visitor has been excluded from a Test Campaign due to the traffic percentage specifications. The value is always 1

100 days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize,
Insights (Surveys)

debug_vis_opt_exp_

{CAMPAIGNID}_split

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie is created when one of the variations is chosen for the visitor, but the visitor is not yet redirected to the variation page. It exists so that VWO can verify that the variation page corresponds to the chosen variation after landing on the page. The value is >=2. As 1 corresponds to control and it’s not created if control is chosen

100 days

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

debug_vwo_uuid

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie generates a unique id for every visitor and is used for thereport segmentationfeature in VWO, and it also allows you to view data in a more refined manner

10 Years

Testing, Deploy, Personalize,
Insights

debug_vwo_ds

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores persistent user-level data for VWO Insights

Depends on the retention period of the account

Testing, Deploy, Personalize,
Insights

debug_vwo_sn

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores session-level information

30 mins and reset again to 30 mins on user activity

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

_vis_opt_exp_{CAMPAIGNID}

_combi_choose_{ACCID}

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores the chosen combination. It’s a temporary cookie that gets deleted when the campaign changes are applied

Persists until campaign changes are applied

Testing, Deploy, Personalize, Insights

debug_vwo_referrer

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie stores referral info allowing VWO to identify the original Traffic source in case of the Split URL campaign

15 secs

Testing, Deploy, Personalize,
Insights

debug_vis_opt_variation

_page

Strictly Necessary Cookies

This cookie persists the selection by the person using previews

Expires on browser close

Testing, Deploy, Personalize

 

Admedo

Cookie Duration 1st or 3rd party? Purpose
pool.admedo.com 3 months 3rd The cookie is used by IDP Connect to record user behavior (such as the number (and types) of interactions by user) and share this information with our advertising partners

Microsoft Clarity

Heatmaps are visual representations of how our users are engaging with our webpages and help us to prioritise the most important for our site visitors.

Cookie Duration Purpose
_click 1 year Used by Microsoft Clarity to identify the browser session while it happens. You can use Microsoft's Privacy Dashboard to see what data they hold.
_CLID 1 year Stored on Clarity domain and expires after 1 year

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