Cookies we use
Find out about the cookies we use and why we use them.
What are cookies?
A 'cookie' is a small text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit some websites. Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and improving your experience of our website. They can’t harm your computer.
We do use some third-party widgets on the site, such as Google Analytics, Twitter and YouTube. These widgets may set cookies. However, the cookie information from each of these sites is usually anonymous, unless you are logged in to those third-party systems while you are on our site.
By using this website, you consent to the storing of the cookies listed below. We may also use some cookies that are not listed – these will contain no personal information about you. You can disable cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, although this means you might not be able to use the full functionality of our website.
What cookies do we use?
- Essential cookies
There may be a number of cookies set via our website, depending on what part of our system you log in to. All of the following are considered essential cookies for the operation of the website and services staff and students log in to (such as Study Direct):
Name Life Purpose PHPSESSID session Used by PHP to store the session ID (e.g. for Sussex Direct login) PastExamPaperSearchSID session Provides access to the Past Exam Papers search facility StudentdirectorySID session Provides access to the Student Directory lookup MOODLEID_studydirect session To facilitate logging in to and using Study Direct MoodleSessionTeststudydirect session To facilitate logging in to and using Study Direct MoodleSessionstudydirect session To facilitate logging in to and using Study Direct SPLASH session Facilitate logging in to and using SPLASH UUcm session Facilitate staff logging in to and using the Web Content Management system BroadcastUS session Facilitate staff logging in to and using the Broadcast system
- Functionality cookies
Name Life Purpose cookie_notice_status 365 days To faciliate display of the cookie notice banner
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.
We also use separate Google products similar to Analytics. These are Optimize, which is used to carry out tests to improve user experience, Tag Manager, which tracks actions on our site, and Search Console, to analyse website performance.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
We use Hotjar to help us understand how users navigate around individual pages on our site. We also use this software to create questionaires to gather user feedback.
Parts of this website use Twitter feeds, a micro-blogging platform by Twitter, Inc.
Twitter widgets may add third-party cookies – those not set directly by our site – to help analyse usage and remember your session if you are also logged in to the Twitter service. To that end, Twitter widgets may set all of the cookies that Google Analytics set and also:
Name Life Purpose _twitter_sess session Remember your logged in Twitter session
In addition, Twitter's Universal Website Tags allow us to specify actions you can take on our site (in the same way as AdWords Remarketing above).
Parts of this website contain embedded videos from YouTube. Where possible, we've set this to use YouTube's 'nocookie' domain so that it will not store any cookies.
Parts of this website contain embedded videos from Vimeo. We have set these so that no cookies are stored, where possible.
- Advertising cookies
Name Life Purpose __utmz 182 days Stores where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link) __utma 730 days Stores each user's amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit (presumably partly for double checking of this information). __utmb less than a day Used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends __utmc session based Same as __utmb __utmv 730 days Used for user-custom variables in Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics Demographics and Interest reporting. Visitors can opt-out by using the Ads Settings.
Visitors can also opt out using the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
Further information about Google products and cookies:
Parts of this website use DoubleClick cookies.
DoubleClick Floodlight tags help us track conversions (where someone clicks on an advert) and your actions on our site once you've clicked on one of our adverts. These tags also compile lists of users for use in future marketing campaigns.
Find out more about DoubleClick.
This is the technology we use to target audiences based on website behaviour across Google Search, the Google Display Network, Gmail and YouTube. It allows us to specify actions you can take on our website (such as viewing a category of page, watching a video or submitting a form) and then target advertising at either people who have completed these actions, have not completed these actions, or those whose demographic profile matches those who have completed a particular action.
Parts of this website use Facebook cookies and pixels.
Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies. Cookies and pixels are used to understand and deliver ads and make them more relevant to you. The user ID collected relates to your Facebook account and the data collected is used to advertise across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. These pixels are also used to attribute website conversions back to advertising sources.The same privacy restrictions as AdWords Remarketing (above) apply.
Further information can be found on the Facebook website.
Parts of this website use AppNexus cookies.
Further information can be found on the Appnexus website.
Amazon Marketing Services
These cookies will not be associated with personally identifiable information. Data is sent to the Amazon Marketing platform and is only accessible to authorised people.
We use a Universal Event Tracking (UET) tag to help track marketing campaign performance and conversions. We can retarget our search audience and track conversions.
We use this non-essential cookie to track users for analysis purposes.
Name Life Purpose lastcampaign 365 days To track visits to marketing campaign pages for analytics
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