The Arcana website uses “cookies” to help us to understand how people use the site so that we can ensure that it meets people’s needs. They are also used to help provide user-friendly access to a small number of services on the site.

What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of information that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive, or your mobile phone, through your web browser when you are viewing the Website. None of these cookies can be used to identify you personally, and they don’t collect information from your computer or mobile phone. Examples of how cookies are used on the Arcana website include:

  • Measuring how people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure that access is fast enough
  • Understanding what technology people are using to access the site – for example the browser they are using or whether they are accessing it from a mobile phone – so that we can ensure that the site is designed to work well with those technologies that people are most likely to use
  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t have to do it for every web page requested.

Cookies for measuring performance of the website

We use these cookies to understand how people use the Arcana website so that we can make improvements to the navigation and content of the site. 

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to gather data on the number of people accessing our site, where they are accessing from, what pages they visit, and what technology they are using. Google Analytics cannot identify you personally, but allows us to understand our users as a group, for example by recording what browsers are most commonly used.

Cookies to support specific elements of the site

Some parts of the SOAS site use cookies to make them easier to use.