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Cookies you may see if you browse our site

Types of cookie

Three types of cookie may be used during your visit to our websites:

  • Session or temporary cookies that are deleted after each visit. These cookies help us monitor visitors' movement from page to page, so we can ensure any choices you make and/or details you submit are 'remembered' as you navigate the site.
  • Persistent cookies that are valid across visits. They help our websites remember you as a user each time you use the same computer to revisit us.
  • Third-party cookies that are used by our partners, or are used by external content from other third-party websites within our website. These include sites such as Facebook and Twitter, whose cookie usage policy you can view on their own websites.

Cookie categories

We have listed cookies used on Open University websites based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:

  • Strictly necessary - these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our sites and use their features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
  • Performance - these cookies collect information about how visitors use our websites in order to improve them. For example, they tell us which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from any of our pages. All of the information that these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous – it does not identify individual visitors.
  • Functionality - these cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, and search and browser preferences) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • Targeting - these cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

Cookies you may see without signing in

Site Cookie Name Nature and Purpose Category Expires
OU OUFULLSIZE This cookie remembers that you want to view the OU website formatted for a desktop or laptop computer. Strictly Necessary Persistent
  OUMOBILE This cookie remembers that you want to view the OU website formatted for a mobile device. Strictly Necessary Persistent
  ou_cookie_policy This cookie is used to control the display of our cookie banner when you visit our site. Strictly Necessary Persistent
  has_js This cookie checks whether your browser has javascript enabled. Strictly Necessary Session
 

SESS* ASPSESSIONID*

NSC_*

These cookies are a 'session cookie' which tells us that you are actively visiting our site and expires when you close your browser. Strictly Necessary Session
  contactX2FAQ     Session
  X1REDIRECTOR     Session
  VLE This cookie is used to identify returning visitors to our site who are already known to us.  This does not capture any identifying individual data. Performance Persistent
OU Search jsessionid:search-ui.public#11000 This cookie tells us which version of search you are using and ensures the relevant results are displayed. The cookie expires when you close your browser. Strictly Necessary Session
  userPreferences This cookie enables us to remember your search preferences and expires when you close your browser. Functionality Session
Online Prospectus Country This cookie is used to remember when a country of residence is selected and show relevant content in the study section of our website. Functionality Session
  GD This cookie is used to understand and remember international visitors. Functionality Persistent
OpenLearn olePageState oleTabsCycle ouTabs These cookies are used to control the content displayed in the column on the right hand side of the page. They expire when you close your browser. Functionality Session
  oleTagCloudView This cookie is used to remember whether to show the 'tag cloud' as an animation or as a list, and expires when you close your browser.   Functionality Session
OpenLearn Search jsessionid:search-ui.olespace#11000 This cookie tells us which version of search you are using and ensures the relevant results are displayed. The cookie expires when you close your browser. Strictly Necessary Session
  userPreferences This cookie enables us to remember your search preferences and expires when you close your browser. Functionality Session

OpenLearn LearningSpace

LabSpace

MOODLEID_ol MOODLEID_ This cookie is used to identify a logged in user. Strictly Necessary Persistent
  MoodleSessionol MoodleSession This cookie is a 'session cookie' which tells us that you are signed in and actively visiting our site and expires when you close your browser. Strictly Necessary Session
  MoodleSessionTestol MoodleSessionTest These cookies are used by the tools embedded in the site such as Compendium, FlashVlog and FlashMeeting Functionality Session
Podcast PHPSESSID This cookie is a 'session cookie' which tells us that you are actively visiting our site and expires when you close your browser. Functionality Session
  jwplayer.volume This cookie is a 'session cookie' which remembers your volume settings on our podcast site and expires when you close your browser. Functionality Session
  jwplayer.mute This cookie is a 'session cookie' which remembers whether volume is muted on our podcast site and expires when you close your browser. Functionality Session
Stadium PHPSESSID This cookie is a 'session cookie' which tells us that you are actively visiting our site and expires when you close your browser. Functionality Session

Cookies generated by embedded third party content on our site

Site Cookie Name Nature and Purpose More information
Addthis Bt
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psc
uid
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Our website contains 'Share' buttons to enable visitors to easily share content via email and social websites. When content is shared, AddThis sets cookies to capture visitors sharing preferences for analytics purposes. website. AddThis Privacy policy
YouTube HSID
PREF
SID
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Some of the pages on our website contain videos from our YouTube channel which are embedded on the page. When a page containing a YouTube video is accessed, cookies are set by YouTube. Google Policies and Principles
Facebook datr
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Our website contains Facebook 'Like' buttons to enable visitors to the site to indicate content they 'Like'. When content is 'Liked', Facebooks sets cookies. Further information can be found on the Facebook website. Facebook privacy policy
Twitter _twitter_sess
guest_id
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pid
Cookies are set by Twitter when you load any of our pages that include a list of ‘Latest Tweets’. Further information can be found on the Twitter website. Twitter privacy policy
Google Maps NNID
PREF
Some of the pages on our website contain maps from Google Maps which are embedded on the page. When a page containing a Google Maps is accessed, cookies are set by Google. Google Privacy policy
LiveChat __livechat
__livechat_lastvisit
common_iwcs_0
main_window_timestamp
main_window_timestamp_0
incap_ses_
__lc.visitor_id
lc_window_state
notification[predicted_agent]
autoinvite_callback
__livechat
common_iwcs_0
notification[new_messages]
recent_window
3rdparty
message_text
SERVERID_L
secret_token_LICENCENUMBER
amplitude
LiveChat_offlineform
LiveChat
Some of the pages on our website include an option for you to chat with one of our advisers. If you choose to chat with us, cookies are set by LiveChat. Livechat privacy policy

Cookies we use to track visits to our site

Site Cookie Name Nature and Purpose Category Expires
OU (Adobe Analytics) s_cc This cookie is set and read by the JavaScript code to determine if cookies are enabled (simply set to "True") - 
only one cookie for all accounts
Performance Session
  s_sq This cookie is set and read by the JavaScript code when the ClickMap functionality and the Activity Map functionality are enabled; it contains information about the previous link that was clicked on by the user - 
only one cookie for all accounts
Performance Session
  s_vi Unique visitor ID time/date stamp - this cookie is used to identify a unique visitor Performance Persistent
  s_fid Fallback unique visitor ID time/date stamp - this cookie is used to identify a unique visitor if the standard s_vi cookie is unavailable due to third-party cookie restrictions. Not used for implementations that use first-party cookies. Performance Persistent
OU (Digital Analytix by comScore) ns_cookietest This cookie is used to confirm that your browser is able to accept cookies and expires when you close your browser. Performance Session
  ns_session This cookie is a 'session cookie' which tells us that you are actively visiting our site and expires when you close your browser. Performance Session
  c1 This cookie tracks visits across multiple sites within the OU’s online remit. For example, users moving from the main the site to our OpenLearn site. Performance Persistent
  s1 This cookie is used to identify returning visitors to our site without identifying individual visitors. Performance Persistent
  UID/UIDR Set on the root of *.scorecardresearch.com. These cookies are used in combination with embedded code gather information regarding visitor activity on OU sites. The data gathered is sent to comScore for analysis and reporting. The OU uses this information to help improve the services it provides to its users. Performance Persistent
OU (Scorecard Research by comScore) UID/UIDR Set on the root of *.scorecardresearch.com. These cookies are used to collect anonymous data on the traffic and engagement for the site to provide a competitive context of their performance versus the market.

Data collected by ScorecardResearch is only used in an aggregated form.

For more information about how comScore use this data, please visit the ScorecardResearch Privacy Policy.

Opt-out of ScoreCard Research cookies.

Performance Persistent
OU (Google Analytics) __utmc Some sections of our website use Google Analytics. These cookies allow us to understand how often users visit our site, how long they spend there, and the pages they interact with. Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Performance Session
  __utma __utmb __utmz Some sections of our website use Google Analytics. These cookies allow us to understand how often users visit our site, how long they spend there, and the pages they interact with. Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors.

Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

Performance Persistent
DoubleClick by Google ld Google uses these cookies to improve your online experience, while tracking ad response rates to improve the effectiveness of online advertising on external websites Performance Persistent
OU (Pardot) visitor_id Some sections of our website use Pardot. These cookies allow us to understand how often users visit our site, how long they spend there, the pages they interact with and how they arrived on the site. Performance Persistent
  pi_opt_in Some sections of our website use Pardot. We use this cookie to comply with the Do Not Track initiative. Performance Persistent
OU (Crazy Egg) is_returning Some sections of our website use Crazy Egg. These cookies allow us to understand how arrive on and interact with out site. Performance Persistent
OU (Optimizely) optimizelyEndUserId
optimizelyBuckets
optimizelySegments
optimizelyRedirect
optimizelyPendingLogEvents
Some sections of our website use Optimizely. These cookies allow us to test different types of content and presentation to a subset of visitors to the site. Performance Persistent

Cookies you may see if signed in

Please note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you will not be able to sign in to secure areas of our website. Without these cookies, services you've asked for can't be provided.

Site Cookie Name Nature and Purpose Category Expires
OU Log in SAMS2session
SAMSsession
This cookie is used to identify a logged in user. Strictly Necessary Session
  SAMS001C This cookie is used to remember the pages prior to logging in so that a user can return to the appropriate page after log in. Functionality Temporary
  HS7BDF This cookie is used by the OU header to display the name of a logged in user. Functionality Session
  SAMSReset
SAMSReset3
These cookies are used whilst resetting your OU password. They expire after the reset is complete. Strictly Necessary Temporary
  OUPERSIST OU Log in persistent cookie Not used Persistent
Student Home IOEMENU This cookie is used to ensure you are presented with the correct course information in StudentHome Strictly Necessary Session
  ASPSESSIONID* This cookie is used when editing your profile page in StudentHome Strictly Necessary Session
Ceremonies HTTP_O1GK
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This cookie is used to remember the location of a graduation ceremony selected by a user on the ceremonies section of our website. Functionality Session
OU Virtual Learning Environment MoodleSessionlearn2 MoodleSessionlearn1   Strictly Necessary Session

Cookies we use for marketing purposes

We use advertising related cookies on our site.

DoubleClick uses cookie IDs to show adverts relevant to a visitors interests and browsing behaviour. They are also used to limit the number of times someone sees an advert, as well as helping to measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns. They remember that a browser visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Cookie IDs also allow DoubleClick to log conversions related to ad requests. DoubleClick cookies do not collect any personally identifiable information about the internet user. Sometimes the cookie contains an additional identifier that is similar in appearance to the cookie ID. This identifier is used to identify an ad campaign to which a user was exposed previously; but no personally identifiable information is stored by DoubleClick in the cookie.

If you would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or to choose not to receive them, please visit the your online choices website.