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Solent Students’ Union (“we”, “our” or “us”) uses cookies on our websites. This statement explains how we use cookies when you visit our website and online applications (our “Sites”). By accessing, browsing and using our Sites, you confirm that you accept this cookie policy and that you consent to our use of Cookies on your computer or smart device as set out in this cookie policy.

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that store information on your computer or smart device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow us to recognise your device when you visit our Sites and they enable us to store certain information about your preferences, for example your local store. Cookies make it easier for you to maintain your preferences and help us customise the Sites to suit your preferences.

How we use cookies

We use cookies on all of our Sites. However, we do not collect or store personal data via the cookies used on any of our Sites.


When someone visits one of our Sites we collect standard internet log information. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our Sites. We collect this information in a way which does not individually identify you.


If, in the future, we decide that we do want to collect personally identifiable information by using cookies, on any of our Sites, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we will collect such personal information, how we will collect it and what we intend to do with it.


Required cookies

The Content Management System (CMS) which provides the core functionality to power this website uses three cookies which are required when using the website as a logged in user:


Stores a temporary unique identifier for your session – no other information is stored.

Expires on exit of browser



When you are logged in, this cookie stores a value which identifies you to your site. This value is encrypted and can only be read by the server. If you use the Remember Me function this cookie remains on your computer for 3 months, otherwise it is removed when you log out of the site.

Expires on exit of browser or 3 months (optional)



Implements a preventative mechanism against Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks (see for further details)

Expires on exit of browser



Used by New Relic (performance monitoring) as a work around for browsers that do not support the Navigation Timing API.

Expires on exit of browser

These cookies are strictly necessary for the functioning of the logged in site. We do not offer a way of disabling these, and you should not disable these if you want to be able to log in.

Non-essential cookies

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track website traffic and usage, helping us deliver a better quality experience to our users.


Used by Google Analytics to capture and determine unique visitors and the frequency of views. __utma is written to the browser on your first visit to a site (from the browser being used).

2 year expiry



Used by Google Analytics to establish and continue your session on the site. Each time you visit a page it is updated to expire in 30 minutes. It expires if you spend more than 30 minutes on a single page.

30 minute expiry



Previously used by Google Analytics javascript to define a session status.

6 month expiry



Used by Google Analytics to store the type of referral used to reach the site; e.g. direct, link, web search, etc.

Expires on exit of browser

Cookie opt-in cookie


This is the cookie that stops the opt-in message (for cookies!) appearing each time you visit the site.


Please note that on some occasions cookies used on our site are set by third parties, for example when a Twitter widget or YouTube video is embedded on to a page.


How to remove cookies from your browser and how can I prevent cookies being used

You can, should you choose to, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer or smart device. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking "help" on your browser's menu or by visiting


However, please be aware that should you choose to disable cookies from your browser it may prevent you from taking full advantage of our Sites and some of our Sites may fail to work properly which will greatly impact on your use and enjoyment of our Sites. You will see from the section below headed "How we use cookies" that most of the cookies used by us are recognised as being essential cookies, which are required in order to make our Sites work.

Every browser is different, and the information provided in the following links may not work for older versions of the browser you are using, but you will be able to find out how by searching the internet for "how to remove cookies from [your browser name] [your browser version]"