What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer or mobile device by your web browser when you access a website. Cookies store information such as user preferences, to allow web applications to offer you a personalised experience and allow us to monitor which pages users find useful so we can improve your website experience.
This statement aims to provide you with information on what cookies are how we use them and how to accept or reject them.
There are two different types of cookies:
- Session Cookies
Session cookies are created temporarily when a user visits a website. Once the user leaves the site/closes the browser, the session cookie is deleted.
- Persistent Cookies
A persistent cookie file remains on the user’s device and is re-activated when the user visits the website that created that particular cookie. These cookies expire after a certain period (set in the file), or can be removed manually.
We have categorised the cookies used on our site as follows: Necessary, Analytical and Extra functionality. Necessary cookies allow our website to function correctly (such as return search results for you). Non-essential (Analytical and marketing) cookies help us to improve the website experience for our users by analysing what they actually do on our site. Additional Functionality cookies are not needed for our site to work correctly but provide additional functionality.
Dumfries and Galloway College Cookies
- Cookie Control: Dumfries and Galloway College uses the Cookie Control product supplied by Civic UK to allow the user to manage their cookie preferences. The cookie stored by this system is called CookieControl
- Limesurvey: We use Limesurvey to conduct surveys. In order for the surveys to function correctly a cookie must be set. Cookies for surveys will be called YII_, YII_CSRF_TOKEN
- Course Search: Dumfries and Galloway College set a number of anonymous SESSIONS and Local Storages variables to remember your search preferences. The SESSIONS set will be called, PHPSESSID, dgc_loc, dgc_keyword, dgc_moas, dgc_subjects, dgc_scqf
Non-essential (Analytical and marketing)
- Google Analytics
Dumfries and Galloway College uses Google Analytics to track how our site is being used. This helps us to provide a better experience for our users. Cookies will be named _ga, _gat, _gid
- Tawk Live Chat
In each page of our website a cookie manager icon appears in the bottom left corner. You can alter your cookie preferences for the entire site there.
Web server access logs are deleted from this site after 90 days. Backup copies of these logs are anonymised for longer term storage.