1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored in your computer, tablet or mobile phone’s internet browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari). They are used by websites to improve services for you, to find out more information about the popularity of a website and for delivering more relevant advertising.
Cookies may be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie will only last during your session on a website and will expire when the session ends, e.g. when you close your web browser. A persistent cookie will remain stored in the web browser until the expiry date, unless is it deleted by the user before that date.
Cookies may be used on each site for a number of purposes:
a. Site preference and session cookies
- whether you want certain features to be active
- what your settings are for certain features
- whether you have completed certain actions, so we know not to prompt you again or remember the next time you do it
- to record certain interactions on our sites, such as short-listing courses
- to remember when your last visit to the site was and activity carried out during your visit
b. Facebook, Google and Twitter cookies
When there is an option to register or login using Facebook or Google accounts, cookies for these services will be used to enable these features to work.
You can find out more in the Facebook, Google and Twitter privacy notices.
c. Analytics and activity cookies
We use Google Analytics software to monitor the number of people visiting the website, which uses a cookie to collect this information.
Google Analytics only collects anonymous aggregate data, i.e. we cannot tell who you are or link data back to a specific username, and everyone’s data is shown as a whole, not individually. We use this only for statistical purposes to tell us information like how many people are new to the site or have visited before and which pages are the most popular.
We use other cookies to monitor site activity in order to manage and optimise resources and protect against malicious traffic (e.g. Cloudflare, New Relic).
d. Advertising cookies
Our sites are primarily funded by advertising. Often, we need to know whether you have seen an advert and the time since you last saw it. This is to stop you from seeing the same advert repeatedly.
To be able to do this cookies are used to say when a particular advert has been shown in your browser. The systems we currently use to do this are called Google Ad Manager, Google Video and Display 360 and Facebook and on their websites you can find out more information and change your settings for these cookies.
However, by opting out you will see less relevant advertising and are likely to see the same adverts more frequently.
Google Ad Manager / Video and Display 360 – info - opt out
Facebook – info – settings
e. Third party advertising cookies
A number of adverts shown across our sites are delivered by other third-party companies called networks. These companies use their own cookies for tracking the success of their adverts and for customisations to you. The Student Room Group does not have access to these cookies and nor do these companies have access to the cookies we use on our site. Third party advertising cookies cannot be linked to your personal data we process. You can turn off third party advertising cookies by visiting the Your Online Choices control page.
f. Other third-party cookies
Sometimes, The Student Room will use other third-party cookies to help improve the functionality of the site or to find out more information about our audience but in an anonymous way.
We may include cookies for services which obtain feedback from site visitors on how they use the sites or ask how they feel about the sites (e.g. Qualaroo, Hotjar).
Cookies will be set when viewing embedded videos (e.g. YouTube).
Occasionally we also use a service called Skimlinks which adds links to words on the site that you can click to buy products. Skimlinks uses a cookie to associate your purchase to The Student Room so that we earn a referral fee. You can read more information on this service and opt out of their cookie on the Skimlinks opt out page.
3. Can I use your sites without cookies?
You can access our sites without using cookies, however you won’t be able to log in because this functionality requires cookies to remember who you are. You may also find certain features which rely on cookies do not work. Also, by turning cookies off you will see less relevant advertising and are likely to see the same adverts more often.
4. How do I manage my cookies?
Alternatively, you can turn off all cookie use within your browser by following the instructions on the below pages:
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari (mobile)
Cookie settings in Safari (desktop)