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When we provide services, we want to make them easy to use, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task.
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested.
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

How can I control my cookies?

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them (external link). You can also use your web browser to:

  • delete all cookies;
  • block all cookies;
  • allow all cookies;
  • block third-party cookies;
  • clear cookies when you close the browser;
  • install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality;
  • open an 'incognito' session, which allows you to browse the internet without storing local data

How cookies are used on Whatuni.com

Below is further information on how cookies are used on Whatuni including the cookie name and the length of the time a cookie is active. This cookies policy was last updated on 28th August 2018.

Universal Analytics

Cookie Name What it's for Life time
_gat_newTracker This cookie allows us to analyse website usage, by users, to improve our content and services. 24 hours
_gat_salesTracker This cookie also allows us to analyse the website usage to improve our content and services. 24 hours

Google Analytics

Cookie Name What it's for Life time
AMP_TOKEN This cookie contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
Other possible values indicate opt-out or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
1 year

Functional Cookies

Cookie Name What it's for Life time
__gads This cookie is used by Google's DoubleClick for Publishers system which serves banner advertising on our site. 2 Years
__utma This cookie is used to record anonymous information about our web traffic. This particular cookie is one of a number of cookies on the site from the third-party Google Analytics traffic statistics service. This data informs us on how to improve the pages and journeys on the site for our users. 2 Years
__utmb This cookie is used to record anonymous information about our web traffic. This particular cookie is one of a number of cookies on the site from the third-party Google Analytics traffic statistics service. This data informs us on how to improve the pages and journeys on the site for our users. Today
__utmc This cookie is used to record anonymous information about our web traffic. This particular cookie is one of a number of cookies on the site from the third party Google Analytics traffic statistics service. This data informs us on how to improve the pages and journeys on the site for our users. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
__utmz This cookie is used to record anonymous information about our web traffic. This particular cookie is one of a number of cookies on the site from the third-party Google Analytics traffic statistics service. This data informs us on how to improve the pages and journeys on the site for our users. 6 Months
JSESSIONID This cookie is used to give each user a unique identifier so we can make your journey smoother while you are on the site. This might include keeping you logged in if you have registered or maintaining anything you may have shortlisted. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
basketId This cookie is used to store anything you may have shortlisted while searching. 6 Months
userType This cookie is used to store a user's status, for example 'new user' or 'returning user'. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
ckeUserHomeType This cookie is used to store the version of the homepage the user should be looking at. 1 Year
wcache This cookie is enabled when a user is logged in. Once the user has logged out.
prospectusBasketId This cookie is used to store the prospectuses you have shortlisted. 1 month
gradePopup This cookie is used to track when a user has already opened the grade popup. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
FRIENDS_IDS This cookie is used to store the ID's s of friends obtained through Facebook, in order to display fellow friends' Whatuni activities. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
CLEARING_USER_TYPE This cookie is used track when a user is going through clearing and/or adjustment. 1 Year
showFinalFive This cookie is used to record that the user does not want to view the Final 5 ticker tape again. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
grades_prepopulate This cookie is used to store the grade value of the user from search results page. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
social_popup This cookie is used to record that the user has minimised the social box. At end of the session, when you close the browser.
__wuuid This cookie is used to store the value, if the user enables 'Remember me' check box. 60 days.
userTrackId This cookie is used to store the value to track user journey within our site. 30 days.
ORA_WX_SESSION This cookie is used to give users unique identifiers so we can improve your visit to the site; this may include keeping you logged in if you have registered. At the end of the session, when you close the browser.
NID This cookie is used for embedded Google Maps on pages, to enable its functionality At the end of the session, when you close the browser.
cookie_splash_flag This cookie is used to record that the user has accepted the cookies policy on our site and reminds us not to show the same message. 1 Year

Additional Third-Party Cookies

We also allow the following third-parties to drop cookies on Whatuni in order to improve our site functionality. Please note we use cookies to make advertising more engaging and relevant to users, and more valuable to clients and partners. By using advertising on Whatuni, we are able to keep our services free for users.

Third-Party Type What's it For
VWO A/B Testing To allow different tests and track visitor behaviour on the website to deliver the best user experience. No personally identifiable information is collected.
Facebook Social Media These cookies enable you to share articles on Facebook
Twitter Social Media These cookies enable you to share articles via Twitter
YouTube Social Media These cookies enable you to view embedded YouTube videos on our site
Google Plus Social Media These cookies enable you to share articles on Google Plus
Admedo Retargeting These cookies let Admedo know when to serve ads, ensuring that ads are served only to people who have previously visited the site.
Adroll Retargeting These cookies let Adroll know when to serve ads, ensuring that ads are served only to people who have previously visited the site. This includes cross site tracking to tailor ads to user.
Google DoubleClick Advertising These cookies is used by Google's DoubleClick for Publishers system which serves the banner advertising on the site.
Google Adsense Advertising These cookies are used by Google's Adsense to measure interactions with ads and to prevent the same ad from being displayed too often
Vimeo Social Media These cookies enable you to view embedded Vimeo videos on our site
Piktochart Content These cookies enable you to view embedded infographics and presentations on our site