About cookies and how we use them

By continuing to use the Tyne Metropolitan College web site you're confirming that you are happy to accept our use of cookies. What follows gives you more information about cookies, how we use cookies, what types of cookies we use and finally how you can control cookies on your PC.

What are cookies

An HTTP cookie - commonly referred to as just "cookie" - is a parcel of text sent back and forth between a web browser and the server it accesses. Its original purpose was to provide a state management mechanism between a web browser and a web server. Without a cookie (or a similar solution), a web server cannot distinguish between different users, or determine any relationship between sequential page visits made by the same user. For this reason, cookies are used to differentiate one user from another and to pass information from page to page during a single user's website session. A web server uses cookies to collect data about a given browser, along with the information requested and sent by the browser's operator (the visitor). Cookies do not identify people, but rather they are defined themselves by a combination of a computer, a user account, and a browser.

How we use cookies

We use Google Analytics tracking to analyse web based traffic to our web site(s) and identify which pages are being used. Google Analytics tracking (and most web tracking software) uses cookies in order to provide meaningful reports about our site visitors.Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about website visitors.

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports. Additionally, Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies. This means that all cookies set by Google Analytics for our domain send data only to the servers for our domain. This effectively makes Google Analytics cookies the personal property of Tyne Metropolitan College, and the data cannot be altered or retrieved by any service on another domain.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

What types of cookies we use

As part of our continuing drive to deliver better and more relevant information to our target audience we use visitor tracking on our web sites. As part of this we use Google Analytics, details of how cookies are used by Google can be found below:

How Google uses cookies and what cookies are issued by Google Analytics

Turning cookies on or off in your browser

Further information about disabling and/or controlling how your web browser handles and accepts cookies can be found at the following, browser specific web sites:

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Tyne Met College
Coast Road Campus
Battle Hill Drive
Tyne & Wear, NE28 9NL