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About our cookies

When you use our websites, a number of cookies identified with our domain name ( are stored in your web browser. Your consent to this is assumed in your continued use of the site. Instructions on how to delete cookies from your browser can be found at the bottom of this page.

1. System cookies websites use cookies which are essential for its software to work properly, including:

CFID session System - sessionID (with CFTOKEN)
CFTOKEN session System - sessionID (with CFID)
recently-viewed 20 mins 'Recently viewed' panel
dd-wrapper-* session jQuery drilldown menus

2. Google Analytics cookies

These cookies are set and used by Google Analytics software, and all our webpages use them. We use Google Analytics to track how people use our website, and this helps us to make sure our content is relevant and up-to-date. When a tracking script is be loaded, cookies with names beginning "__utm" are set by Google. The data they hold is sent to directly to Google. More information on this is available from Google.

consent_google 90 days (true/false) - determines whether user has accepted or declined use of Google Analytics cookies. If set to true, utm cookies (below) will also be set by Google under our domain name.
__utma 2 years Google Analytics - unique browser ID
__utmb 30 mins Google Analytics - session ID (with __utmc)
__utmc session Google Analytics - session ID (with __utmb)
__utmv 2 years Google Analytics - visitor id
__utmz 6 months Google Analytics - referral information
_dc_gtm_UA-298075-27 10 mins Google Analytics (Tag Manager)

3. Other cookies

Third party cookies: Google Analytics cookies aren't strictly "third party" because they are set under our own domain name, Where other website applications (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc) are included in our pages, these sites will usually install cookies in your browser, listed under their respective domain names. You might be able to opt out of receiving these altogether, depending on whether or not you web browser gives you the choice of accepting or blocking third party cookies. You will need to look in your browser settings to see if this is possible.

London Metropolitan University uses Hotjar, an analytics and feedback tool which helps us to improve the usability of our site. Hotjar sets persistent cookies (up to 365 days) for analytics purposes and to display the correct content to our visitors. You can read about what cookies are stored by visiting Hotjar's website. Hotjar also records visitor information including mouse clicks and movements, scrolling activity and user input on our website (for example on the search box) – this information is anonymous. Recordings are automatically deleted after 365 days. You can opt out of Hotjar collecting your information at any time.

Additional third party cookies are also set by inline advertisements on the, and sites. You can get more information on online advertisements at Your Online Choices.

Finding cookies in your browser

Tools > Options > Privacy > Show Cookies... 
Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > Cookies > All cookies and site data 
IE 8: 
Tools > Internet Options > General > Browsing history > Settings > View files (to see cookies and values). 
Tools > Internet Options > Privacy > Advanced (to override automatic cookie handling, accept/reject third party cookies, etc)
Preferences > Privacy > History > Use custom settings for history > Show cookies...
Settings > Under the Bonnet > Privacy > Content Settings > Cookies > All cookies and site data
Preferences > Privacy > Cookies and other website data

For more information on the new legislation regarding cookies, see the Information Commissioner's Office guidelines (PDF).

For useful information on cookies, see the About Cookies website.