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Below lists the cookies and briefly explains their purpose. This list covers a number of our websites and therefore each individual website may not use all of the cookies listed here:

Cookie Name Brief Description
__unam, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, _ga, _gat, _gid Performance cookie - Google Analytics.
coursefinder_lastSearch Used by the course finder tool to keep track of the last search query.
__atuvc, __atuvs Functional cookie - AddThis social sharing widget.
__stid, __uset Cookie set by the sharing widgets.
CEG_trk_src This indicates visitors that have arrived at the website via Google advertisements. Cookie will be deleted after 30 days.
ii_Globalisation Functional cookie - stores your country code - i.e. GB - where location personalisation is active.
CookieNoticeSeen Necessary cookie - confirms you've seen and dismissed the cookie notification. Ensures the website can prevent the notice from showing again.
ASPSessionID Necessary cookie - ASP session cookie - deleted when you end your visitor session.

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