What are cookies?

To make this site easy to use, useful and reliable, we sometimes place small amounts of information on your computer. These small files are known as cookies.

We may use cookies for:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you have given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.

We do not use cookies to identify you personally and you can delete them.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit the ICO website.

How do we use cookies?

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to help us make sure that it is meeting your needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got there and what you links you follow. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical content Expires
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This helps us count how many people visit the Office for Students website by tracking if you’ve visited before

2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the Office for Students website by tracking if you’ve visited before 1 day
_gat This is used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 1 minute

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