Privacy


Disclaimer
While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the original material provided on the South West College website, South West College does not represent or warrant that the information available on this website is accurate, complete or current.

The South West College provides the website, its contents and facilities on an "as is" basis and makes no (and expressly disclaims all) representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this website or the information, content, or services made available through the website.

The South West College, its officers and employees, do not accept liability for any loss, damage or injury of any kind, howsoever arising, resulting from a defect or an inaccuracy in the information or code contained within the University website.

This material is regularly reviewed and is subject to alteration without notice.

The South West College is not responsible for the content of external websites that the college website may link to or reference from time to time. Providing references to and/or links to external websites should not be viewed as an endorsement by the college of the content and services provided by those websites. Nor is the college responsible for the opinions, content and services contained on external websites that link to or reference the South West College website.


Use of Student and Customer Information
Your data will be shared with the Department for Employment and Learning for statistical, funding and other legitimate business purposes including the provision of careers guidance. Your information may be accessed by other Civil Service Departments. The information is covered by the Data Protection Act (1998) which entitles you to see the data held about you.


Privacy Statement
The South West College is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our users while providing the highest possible quality of service. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998).


Accessibility Statement
South West College is committed to making the information and resources provided via its website accessible to all users. We aim to be standards compliant and follow general principles of usability in order to help all visitors to this website.

This central section of the South West College Website has been designed to meet Level AA (2) of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C-AA) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. All new college sites are also designed to conform to W3C-AA standards. However, it is possible that our older pages do not currently conform to these standards. We are working with information providers across the college to ensure that all future web pages compliant with accessibility guidelines.

We intend to continue improving the accessibility of our site, so if you have any difficulty accessing the site and require further help, or if you have any suggestions to help improve our accessibility, please contact us.


Cookies Statement
A cookie is a small file that is downloaded to your computer when you visit certain websites. Cookies typically store the name of the domain or website you are visiting, the duration or lifetime of the cookie, and a content value - typically a randomly generated unique number.

South West College does not use cookies to store personal information about people visiting our website and typically a cookie cannot by itself identify you.

Generally websites use 2 types of cookie - session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary and are eliminated when you close all your browser windows. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive either indefinitely or for a specified period. (Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one you are currently visiting and these can be session cookies or persistent cookies.)

You can choose to manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies by adjusting your browser settings.

If you normally use more than one browser be sure to adjust each browser’s settings individually.

Please note if you do not choose to accept cookies you may be unable to access certain parts of our websites.

Find out more information about cookies.


Virtual Environments
A number of our virtual services require users to engage and provide information in order to gain access to content, for example our Library Systems. These systems need to store information about these interactions so they can provide the service and in some instances they use cookies to do this. Additionally where users are required to login to gain additional functionality or to gain access to user customised facilities, cookies are essential to our websites functioning correctly for access control and security.

Please Note - If you disable cookies in these instances, core functionality and services may not be available to you or the quality of the service will be severely degraded.

College Portals, (e.g. SWC Virtual), our Web Content Management System, SWC Application (App), Blackboard, Library Systems and our Outlook Web Access Email Service require users to login to use the system. These systems use cookies for access control, system security, personal data security, effective monitoring and internal business reporting.

The cookies used by our Virtual Environments are not used for any purposes other than access control, system security, personal data security, effective monitoring and internal business reporting.

The cookies stored are session cookies and are removed once you have closed down all your browser windows.


Web Analytics
Google Analytics is the web analysis tool used at South West College. It is used to monitor the traffic to the site, to collect information about how users are using the site and to produce reports for business and marketing purposes. The information gathered is not used to identify or target individual users.

However, Google Analytics creates cookies on your machine. Google Analytics creates 4 cookies on a user’s machine. The cookies collect information about how the site is used, the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come from and the pages they visit while on our site. In the case of Google Analytics the information collected, may be transmitted to, and stored by, Google where we will use it for analysis and reporting purposes. For more information please see Google’s statement on Cookies and Analytics and Google Privacy Centre.

The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on can be installed in your browser to tell the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) that information about your website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics. Find out about the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.


External Websites
From time to time we may link from our website to external websites that set cookies on your machine, please note such websites are outside the College’s control and are not covered by this Cookie statement.


South West College Complaints
If you would like to make a complaint about content on any of the college websites or there is an issue that you would like us to address in relation to a website please follow this link and fill in and submit the available form.


Cookies Used
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE – These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

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k – These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features.


Google Cookies
utma – Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visitsto this website.

utmc and utmz – These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.

utmb – Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, no website or service associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.

NID – This is a Google Map cookie that stores your preferences and expires 6 months after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

PREF – Is a Google Map cookie that stores options such as zoom level for maps.

utmv –This cookie passes information which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmc parameter.

GoogleAccountsLocale_session – Secure cookies are only transmitted via HTTPS - which you will typically find in the checkout pages of online shopping sites. This ensures that any data in the cookie will be encrypted as it passes between the website and the browser.

khcookie – These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site (including Google Maps). 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.


Twitter Cookies
guest_id – This cookie is set for the browser to remember the guest id to display the latest news from our twitter account.

_twitter_sess – This is a cookie set by the Twitter micro-blogging service. It is commonly found on websites that display integrated twitter feeds or use Twitter sharing buttons.

external_referer – These cookies are set when you use the Tweet button. Twitter uses these cookies to aggregate button usage, amongst other things. For full details see Twitter's privacy policy.

original_referer – This is a cookie set by the Twitter micro-blogging service. It is commonly found on websites that display integrated twitter feeds or use Twitter sharing buttons.


YouTube Cookies
use_hitbox – This cookie increments the ‘views’ counter on the YouTube video. These cookies don’t gather information that identifies a user. To find out more about the YouTube use of cookies pleases visit http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy


Facebook cookies
lsd, reg_fb_ref, reg_fb_gate, campaign_click_url, datr – These cookies are created by Facebook for such things as securely logging in remembering your Facebook login details. For more information on Facebook cookies visit http://en-gb.facebook.com/help/cookies/

wd – This cookie stores the browser window dimensions and is used by Facebook to optimise the rendering of the page.