As is common practice, we also allow Third Party cookies on our website. The developers have ensured that all cookies are from trusted sources, such as Google Analytics. Please contact our Support Team or disable cookies on your browser if you have any concerns.
Visitors who do not wish to grant the cookies permission to monitor their activities on our website can decline access. Please be aware that disabling cookies may reduce functionality and hinder your use of certain features of the website. Please contact our support team if you require guidance on disabling cookies.
More information about the cookies we use on the site can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a minute text file that is created and stored in a folder on your browser. Cookies help the owners of the website understand the behaviour of visitors to their site, with a view to improving their browsing experience.
Cookies are harmless, and can be helpful when you need to continue browsing from where you stopped the last session. There are, however, ways to disable cookies if you prefer not to have them on your computer.
Many websites alert first-time visitors that cookies will be downloaded, and they offer an option to allow or disable the cookies before the user continues browsing the site.
Why are cookies important?
We strive to publish informative and helpful content on the website to engage all our visitors. We know the interests of visitors on the website by using the information generated by cookies. We can track information such as how long visitors spend on particular web pages and their particular interests on the site.
How are cookies used on our website?
All visitors can create an account on our website or browse to find information about our College. When you log in, cookies are activated, and they are deleted when you log out. Cookies on pages where you make certain selections, such as preferences on different offers by our College, are saved on your computer as a reference for when you visit again.
It is recommended that you allow cookies when visiting our site, since they are used to enhance your browsing experience. Your identity cannot be determined and the information generated from your browsing session is completely secure.
Cookies also enable you to log in easier without having to enter your login details every time whenever you use the same computer to open our website. The clearing of your cookies and login details can, however, erase this information from your computer.
Is it necessary for Google to monitor my computer with cookies?
Google Analytics cookies are used to generate information regarding the use of the website. This information may be shared with Third Parties. The goal, however, is mainly for the benefit of all visitors. You can find more information about Google Analytics cookies on their official web page.
The functions of Google Analytics cookies
The Google Analytics cookies embed text files that connect a computer and a website during which information from the site is stored on the computer to make it easy for the user to find vital data when they visit again. These cookies are interconnected with all the channels we use for communication with parents and students. We can create an integrated experience where communication is easily synchronised across all channels. This means the information you find on our website will be similar to the content in our emails and other channels we use for correspondence. In this way, we ensure that all our visitors and the general audience are updated with the latest information about our college activities by creating this platform for continuity.
Google Analytics Cookies cannot perform the following actions
Google Analytics cookies cannot identify the owner of a computer or mobile device when they visit the website. The only information accessible to cookies is about the computer itself.
How can I disable cookies?
Cookies can be disabled if the user deems it necessary. This action may, however, prevent you from using some of the website features which function only with cookies. We advise all visitors on our site to allow cookies and have a better browsing experience on our site.
Your web browser settings feature options that allow you to disable cookies. Also, if you permitted cookies the last time you visited a website, the stored cookies can be deleted from your web browser. Please visit www.aboutcookies.org.uk to know more about managing and deleting cookies on your browser.
The following is a list of popular browsers that offer you an option to allow or disable cookies. To know more about these processes on any of the browsers in the list below, please visit the official developer’s website of the browser you plan to use.
You can also disable the functions of Google Analytics when you browse the internet. Please visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout to know how it works.
Types of Cookies
The following part of the document will list and explain the different types of cookies that exist on the Internet.
First Party Cookies
The First Party cookies are essential because they promote the functions of different features of the website. First party cookies are activated when you visit the website and they are functional while you browse the web pages on a site. First Party cookies monitor details such as the browsing mode on your browser when you visited the site (visible or incognito) and the tags that can be used to identify your browsing session.
Examples of First Party cookies
|auth_user||Tracks and logs data related to secure pages accessible only with a password.||End of session|
|cms_user||Monitors sessions started when a visitor logs into the CMS, without the need to retrieve pages from the cache||End of session|
|highvis||Detects and records users browsing with high visibility mode.||End of session|
|PHPSESSID||A unique identifier used by PHP when cookies are created at the start of a session.||End of session|
|popup_seen_today||Displays information to know if pop-up announcements are viewed or cancelled||At midnight|
Third Party Cookies
Many websites depend on Google Analytics for information about the browsing pattern of visitors and traffic on the website. These reports are crucial to the improvement of the site. Google Analytics also reveals the duration of browsing sessions and the path followed by visitors who open the web pages, as well as sections of the site that visitors click, or documents they download.
Please note that this information will not contain any details that reveal the personal identity of the visitor such as name, email, or address.
The following is a representation of Google Analytics cookies and their functions;
|_utm.gif||collects and stores information about your computer and browser||End of session|
|_utma||identifies users and sessions||2 years|
|_utmb||indicates the start of a new session||30 mins|
|_utmc||records the duration of a session||End of session|
|_utmv||records browsing behaviour during a session||End of session|
|_utmz||Reveals how the visitor found the website||6 months|
|_utmt||Regulates request rate||10 minutes|
|_utmt_masterTracker||Anonymously updates the number of visited pages during a session||End of session|
|_ga||Identifies different users||2 years|
|_gid||Identifies different users||24 hours|
There are other Third Party cookies you may encounter while browsing the internet. These plugins are integrated with browsers when the user visits websites that use these Third Party cookies.
Websites that permit the use of Third Party cookies have no control over their functions. This is why users are given an opportunity to either permit the use of Third Party cookies or disable them when they visit such websites.
We do allow the use of Third Party Cookies on the official website of Wadham College of Science. The developers of our website have only made provisions for the accommodation of First Party Cookies which are necessary to improve your experience when you browse our website.
Date Protection Statement
We assure you our commitment to process and use on the relevant personal information from parents and students for necessary administrative operations. The process in which this information is used is strictly in line with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Act, 2018.