What are cookies?

Cookies are small, often encrypted, text files, which are stored on your computer when you visit some websites. They are used to remember useful information which allows your user experience on the site to be personalised. 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. 

How long do cookies last?

Cookies last for different lengths of time depending on what they are used for.

Session cookies are temporary cookies and are only stored until you leave the website or when you close your web browser e.g. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox.

Persistent cookies last for a fixed period of time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise the device again when the user returns to that website on that device.

Cookies can be categorised by who sets the cookie and also by how the cookie will be used.

Who sets the cookie?

First party cookies – these are set by the website that you are visiting e.g. www.wea.org.uk and can only be read by that website.

Third party cookies – these are set by an organisation other than the owner of the website. This might be for the purposes of website measurement, being able to watch a video on the site or for the purposes of advertising e.g. Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel.

Both first and third-party cookies are set on www.wea.org.uk and https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/CourseSearchResults.aspx 

How are cookies used?

On our website, we use cookies that perform a different variety of functions. The categorisation and definitions are based on the guide published by the International Chamber of Commerce:

Strictly necessary cookies

These types of cookies are used to make sure parts of a website work and that you can use the site effectively, such as remembering certain information on a form when you go to another page before the form has been completed.

On our website, we use 'Strictly Necessary' cookies to:

1.    Remember information you've entered in your online enrolment account when you navigate to different pages in a single web browser session
2.    Remember correct membership and online account details.

The cookies that we have defined as 'Strictly Necessary' cookies will NOT be used to:

1.    Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you
2.    Remember any preferences you have set beyond the current visit

If you prevent these cookies you may not be able to use certain features on www.wea.org.uk and https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/CourseSearchResults.aspx 

Performance cookies

These cookies are used to measure the performance of websites and see how websites are used.  We use 'Performance' cookies to improve how the website works and measure our marketing activity. Information that is collected using these cookies are aggregated and anonymous and we are not able to identify individual users with these cookies.

On our website, we use 'Performance' cookies to:

1.    Provide aggregated statistics on how our website is used.
2.    See how effective our marketing activity is (we don't use this information to target adverts to you when you visit other websites).
3.    Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur and also to improve the performance of the site.

Cookies we have defined as 'Performance' cookies will NOT be used to:

1.    Gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites.
2.    Remember any preferences you have set beyond the current visit.

Functionality cookies

These types of cookie allow websites to remember choices you make (for example, your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services on the site such as watching a video. These cookies do not track your browsing activity on other websites.

Cookies defined as 'Functionality' will NOT be used to

1.    Gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites.

How to manage cookies

You can manage how you use cookies using the settings in your web browser. Below is a list of common browsers and links through to help managing your cookie settings for them.

Internet Explorer (IE)
Google Chrome
Safari (OS X)
Safari (iOS)

Information on how to manage cookies can be found using settings within other browsers, or for more cookie information, visit allaboutcookies.org.

You can also manage your preferences for what types of advertising you receive on other websites using Your Online Choices.

Note that these links will take you to other sites. The WEA is not responsible for the information and also the setting of cookies on these other sites.