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When you visit most websites, a cookie stores information in a text file in your browser. The website can then refer back to this information to help provide a better experience when using the website.

Cookies are often used to improve your browsing experience. In most cases, they just store a number that has been allocated to your browsing session. When you are accessing areas that require you to log in this allows you to move from page to page without having to log in repeatedly. We also use cookies to support advertising campaigns, testing and analytical information.

Are they dangerous?

They are not dangerous to your computer in any way, they are not executable programmes, viruses or code and cannot read information that exists on your computer.

Types of cookies

Session cookies only exist until you close your browser and end the current browsing session. Session cookies are never written on the hard drive.

Permanent cookies (also called persistent or stored cookies) store a text file on your computer so if you visit the same website again it recognises you and remembers your preferences.

Advertising and retargeting cookies

Advertising cookies let us make advertising more engaging for our users using third-party vendors. Some common applications of cookies are to select advertising based on what’s relevant to a user. To do this we base the advertising on the information that the user has viewed on the Solent website. They also help with reporting the performance of our advertising and to avoid showing adverts that the user has already seen.

Retargeting cookies allow us to advertise to visitors to our websites via third-party vendors. Third-party vendors will show our adverts on sites across the internet and use cookies to serve adverts based on past visits to our websites.

You can see the cookies we use for advertising and retargeting in the list below.

If you wish to opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies for interest-based advertising visit

Other third-party cookies

To make your experience on the website more enriched we embed video and audio content from websites such as Vimeo, YouTube and SoundCloud. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from these websites you may be presented with cookies from these websites.

We use third-party cookies to help us better understand the visitors to our website, for example, we use a call tracking cookie to help us understand what has driven a user to call us. This can help us to improve our website by providing richer information.

We also use third party software under sub-domains of For example, our careers site is provided by a third party (Hireserve) that specialises in job sites. This allows us to provide users with a better experience but it will also mean that the software will make use of cookies.

Please see the websites' individual cookie policies for more information (we have provided links where possible).

Cookies used on the Solent University website

We have compiled a list of cookies that may be used when you visit the website. The cookies that you receive will depend on your activity around the site and how you arrived at the site. While we have made every attempt to create a comprehensive list of cookies, there may be some that we have not listed. If you have any concerns about the cookies that we use, please contact us.

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This allows us to determine whether or not the user has agreed to our cookie policy upon entering the website for the first time. This cookie will ensure the cookie bar is closed for all future sessions once the user has closed it for the first time.

This cookie records a user's decision to close the feedback tool on the website. If the user closes the tool it will not show again for 14 days.

This cookie records the open state of the site alert. It will expire after 7 days.


Please see Hireserve's privacy page for more information

The cookies served by the Hireserve recruitment site help to personalise the experience to the user. The cookies include a session ID and the date and time the site was last accessed.

Google, Inc. (including,, .gstatic)

Please see Google's privacy and cookies pages for more information.

We use a suite of Google tools to help us monitor, improve, and evaluate our website. In order to do this, Google sets a number of different cookies depending on what activity is taking place on our website. This activity includes analytical information, advertising information, and support running experiments.

Facebook, Inc.

Please see Facebook's privacy and cookies pages for more information.

Facebook cookies enable us to provide relevant adverts to the users that have previously visited our website. The cookies will use information from your activity on the website to serve adverts. They also allow Facebook to limit the number of times you see an ad so you don't see the same ad over and over again. They will also measure the performance of ad campaigns. Cookies help Facebook to serve and measure ads across different browsers and devices used by the same person.


Please see YouTube's privacy and cookies pages for more information.

The YouTube cookies allow us to embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.


Please see Twitter's privacy and cookies pages or more information.

Twitter cookies help Twitter to deliver adverts, measure their performance, and make them more relevant based on criteria like your activity on Twitter. For example, Twitter uses cookies and pixels to personalise ads and measure their performance. Using these technologies, they can show ads and evaluate their effectiveness based on visits to ad partners' websites. This helps advertisers provide high-quality ads and content that might be more interesting to the user.

DoubleClick (part of Google Inc)

Please see DoubleClick's privacy and cookies pages for more information.

IDE DoubleClick Campaign Manager sets cookies that are used for serving targeted advertisements relevant to you across the web. Targeted advertisements may be displayed to you based on your previous visits to this website. For example, advertisements about a topic you have expressed an interest in while browsing our site may be displayed to you across the web. In addition, these cookies measure the conversion rate of ads presented to the user.


Please see ResponseTap's privacy and cookies pages for more information.

JSESSIONID ResponseTap software provides us with the ability to link website visitor behaviour to telephone calls that we receive. This helps us understand the effectiveness of the website in encouraging calls from customers.

Programmatic advertising partners

We use a media buyer called SMRS to assist us with our media buying. As part of this service, they use a number of programmatic advertising partners. These cookies are used for a number of reasons including serving relevant adverts, campaign tracking, fraud prevention, retargeting, and limiting the number of times adverts are served.


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Hotjar is an analytics and feedback tool which helps us to improve the usability of our site. Hotjar sets persistent cookies (up to 365 days) for analytics purposes and to display the correct content to our visitors. You can read about what cookies are stored by visiting Hotjar's website. Hotjar also records visitor information including mouse clicks and movements, scrolling activity and user input on our website - this information is anonymous. Recordings are automatically destroyed after 365 days. You can opt out of Hotjar collecting your information at any time by following these instructions.

Disabling cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of a website. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.