Cookie policy: This site uses cookies to simplify and improve your usage and experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information on how we use and manage cookies please take a look at our privacy and cookie policies. Your privacy is important to us and our policy is to neither share nor sell your personal information to any external organisation or party; nor to use behavioural analysis for advertising to you.

THE cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are harmless text files that allow a website server to recognise you when you revisit the website. There are two main types of cookies:

Transient (or session) cookies:These are set and exist for the duration of your visit to a specific website and are removed when you finish. They recognise you as you move, and navigate between, the different website pages so that you do not need to re-enter who you are and often can help to maintain your security.
Persistent (or permanent) cookies:These remain on your computer until they expire or are deleted. Many persistent cookies have automatic deletion dates to help ensure your computer doesn’t get overloaded with cookies. Persistent cookies will often retain previously entered information to ease and simplify subsequent data input. For example: your login user ID or email address.

THE, like most websites, uses both types of cookies to simplify and ease a user’s journey and experience. Cookies can also be 1st (first) or 3rd (third) party cookies:

1st party:These are owned and created by us for the website you’re viewing.
3rd party:These are owned and created by an independent company. Usually this is a company partnering to provide services to us as owners of the website.

We use both our own (first-party) and partner companies’ (third-party) cookies to facilitate and support a simpler and more secure website experience for our users.

What we use cookies for

We use cookies to:

  • Gather information on a user’s journey across our sites
  • Ensure your privacy is protected in our secure sites
  • Store your login details for our secure sites
  • Temporarily store input information in any of our calculators, tools, illustrations and demonstrations
  • Store details of your marketing, product and business preferences to improve our targeting to you and enhance your journey through our sites and partner sites
  • Evaluate our sites’ advertising and promotional effectiveness (we own the anonymous data collected and don’t share it with anyone)

We don’t and will never:

  • Use cookies to track your Internet usage after leaving one of our sites
  • Store personal information in them that others could read and understand
  • Sell or distribute cookie information without your prior consent

Cookies we use on our sites
The following two lists provide detail of all cookies used on our sites with a brief information of their purpose and their key attributes.

1st (first) party cookies:

ASP.NET_SessionId

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
Used to establish a unique session for the visitor to differentiate from other visitors.
Expires:
End of each session (visit)

ASPXAUTH

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
Created when a user successfully logs into the site and removed on logout. The presence of this cookie indicates the user is logged in. This cookie is encrypted and contains some user specific information such as their user id.
Expires:
End of each session (visit)

polling

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
Created whenever a user votes on a poll to indicate they have voted in a specific poll.  This eliminates multiple votes in a poll
Expires:
1 year

rating

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
rates a story and eliminates multiple rating for the same story.
Expires:
1 year

THE_compliance

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
Set when the user accepts the cookie use message.
Expires:
1 year

THE_SSO

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
Used to login credentials of the user between the main THE website and the Jobs micro-site
Expires:
1 year

THE_gating

Domains:
timeshighereducation.co.uk
jobs.timeshighereducation.co.uk
secure.timeshighereducation.co.uk
Purpose:
Used to track the users free story count for the initial pay wall website
Expires:
1 year

3rd (third) party cookies:

Google Analytics

Names:
_utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz

Domain(s):
timeshighereducation.co.uk

Purpose:
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click for an overview of privacy at Google.

Expires:
_utma - 2 years
_utmb - 20 minutes
_utmc - End of each session (visit)
_utmz - 6 months

AddThis

Name:
atuvc

Domain(s):
timeshighereducation.co.uk

Purpose:
AddThis widget collects non-personally identifiable information from many of the websites in which an AddThis button is enabled, and use that information to deliver targeted advertising on those websites as well as other websites you may visit. If you prefer that we do not collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information about your website visits for the purpose of delivering targeted advertising, you may opt out. When you opt out, we will place an opt-out cookie on your computer. The opt-out cookie tells us not to use your information for delivering relevant online advertisements. Please note that if you block cookies, our opt-out process may not function properly. Please also note that if you delete, block, or otherwise restrict cookies, or if you use a different computer or Internet browser, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Twitter

Names:
k
guest_id
auth_token_session
secure_session
twll
remember_checked
utma
utmc
Utmz

Domain(s):
timeshighereducation.co.uk

Purpose:
Twitter may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with their Services, to monitor aggregate usage by their users and web traffic routing on their Services, and to customize and improve Services. Twitter receives log data from visits to websites that use Twitters social widgets, such as our Tweet and Follow buttons. This log data may include information such as IP address, browser type, the referring web page, pages visited and cookies.

Expires:
End of each session (visit) or Never

Omniture

Name:
s_sq

Domain(s):
timeshighereducation.co.uk

Purpose:
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Expires:
End of each session (visit)

Omniture/SiteCatalyst

Names:
undefined_s
s_evar33
s_evar32
s_evar31
s_invisit
s_vnum
s_cc
ev5
ev6
ev7

Domain(s):
timeshighereducation.co.uk

Purpose:
These cookies are used to both differentiate requests from different browsers and to store information that can be used by the application at a later time such as to anonymously define new visitors, help analyse click-stream data, and track historical activity on the web site.

Expires:
undefined_s - 20 minutes
s_evar33 - End of each session (visit)
s_evar32 - End of each session (visit)
s_evar31 - End of each session (visit)
s_invisit - 20 minutes
s_vnum - 30 days
s_cc - End of each session (visit)
ev5 - End of each session (visit)
ev6 - End of each session (visit)
ev7 - End of each session (visit)

Cookies categorised as intrusive
Cookies can be categorised as being ‘intrusive’ or not in relation to storing any data items that could potentially identify some aspect of an individual user’s identity; whether real or a pseudonym. Whilst in legal interpretations there are degrees of intrusiveness, TSL has adopted the more cautious definition where any cookie that has a single identifying data item is categorised as ‘intrusive’. All intrusive cookies, whether session or persistent, are stored in encrypted form to protect against any possibility of accidental or unintended disclosure.

Changing your cookie settings
To enable or disable cookies, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the ‘Help’, ‘Tools’ or ‘Edit’ facility). Alternatively, an external resource is available at AboutCookies or AllAboutCookies providing specific information about cookies and how to manage them. Please note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access secure areas of this website, such as any online services that require registration.

Secure online services
Any secure online services you subscribe to will probably use cookies to enable information about you and your preferences to be stored and to help protect your account and information. In such circumstances, cookies are essential to the service being provided securely and effectively. If you choose to decline providing consent to use of cookies, it is unlikely that you will be able to continue to use the service.

Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations
A revision of the EU e-Privacy Directive requires that organisations must obtain prior consent from users for the use of cookies, which may be deemed to be intrusive on the user’s privacy.
We are currently working towards implementing the new requirements in line with guidance from the United Kingdom Information Commissioner.

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