When you browse the QA Higher Education website, we collect standard internet log information. This information is anonymous and does not identify individuals. It is only used internally to ensure that the website meets our audience’s needs. The only personal data which is collected is from the enquiry forms we have on the site. This information is held separately from any visitor information to ensure visitor data remains anonymous.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your browser when you visit a website. Cookies usually contain anonymous information and can be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or another website running content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’). They are only able to be read by the server for the website that placed them on your device.
There are different types of cookies for different purposes.
The cookies used by our website (or that will be used in the future) are classified as follows:
Explanations of each category and the cookies that QA Higher Education uses in each category are below.
Some cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the website and fully use its features. Without these cookies, we will not be able to provide certain features, such as automatically signing into protected areas.
The QA Higher Education website does not currently use any cookies classified as strictly necessary but as and when they are used, they will be identified in a list here.
Performance cookies can be used to help us provide you with a better user experience. We use these cookies to help us understand how our visitors use the QA Higher Education website so that we can improve your user experience. They also allow us to test different design ideas for particular pages. We may contract with independent measurement and research companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies).
The table below explains the different performance cookies we use and provides links to opt out of these cookies.
|Name of cookie||Description|
|Google Analytics||The QA Higher Education website uses Google Analytics. This is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate use of those services and compile a report for us. User data is anonymous. Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies|
The QA Higher Education website does not currently use any functionality cookies but as and when they are used, they will be identified in a list here.
The table below explains the targeting cookies we use and provides links to opt out.
|Name of cookie||Description|
|Google remarketing||The QA Higher Education website uses Remarketing cookies. Google remarketing allows us and our advertisers to advertise relevant information to users. These advertisements may be displayed as banners whilst you are browsing other websites. These ads will be shown to you based on the pages you browsed whilst on our website.
Remarketing cookie lists are stored in a database on Google’s servers, which store all the cookie IDs associated with each list. Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.
We sometimes embed content on our website from websites and social networks such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. As a result, when you visit a page containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. QA Higher Education does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party’s website for more information.
You may also see embedded ‘share’ buttons on our webpages. These are available for you to share content with your friends and contacts on popular social networks. If you choose to share via these buttons, a cookie may be set by the service you are sharing through. QA Higher Education does not control the dissemination of these cookies.
It is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set, but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.
All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.
You can tell your browser to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Alternatively, you can set your browser to prompt you every time a cookie is going to be placed.
You can find out how to change these settings on the AboutCookies website.
The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
Useful information about cookies can be found at aboutcookies.org.uk
A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the Internet Advertising Industry.
Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section.