Accessibility & Privacy

Accessibility

The web is used by many millions of people. There are a range of obstacles some of them face in life, including colour blindness, poor eyesight, complete blindness and impaired motor functions. While these are only a few examples, and there are many others, it is easy to realise that such difficulties affect how these people experience the internet.

Accessibility in terms of the World Wide Web means accommodating for all users, attempting to ensure that everyone can get the most out of a website that they are able. No one should be restricted by poor design.

Accessibility is not just for the disabled; an accessible site makes navigation, information dissemination, and general use as easy and intuitive as possible, for everyone.

This website attempts to be as complete and easy to use as possible for all groups of people using all types of equipment. It has been tested against the WAI guidelines and achieves a minimum of level two compliance out of a possible three levels. While no website can offer perfect access for everyone, and no set of automated tests can provide meaningful benchmarks for all scenarios, we have designed this site with accessibility in mind.

Changing Text Size

If you find the site too small for comfortable reading, you can use your browser's built in zoom functionality to make things easier. You can do this on any website, not just this one. In all modern browsers this zooms the entire page for a closer view:

In Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, press Ctrl and the + key at the same time to zoom in. Pressing Ctrl and the key will zoom back out.

Website Privacy Statement & Cookies

This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission.

Use of Information

We will not collect any personal information about you, except where it is specifically and knowingly provided by you, for example when you request information or provide us with feedback on the website.

Our website is hosted on our own servers and although visitors I.P. addresses are logged, we cannot use this information to identify you. Only in the circumstances where there has been malicious attack on our website would we work with an internet provider in tracing the perpetrator.

Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that web sites place on your computer's hard drive via your web browser, enabling them to store certain information during your visit.

You can always check to see any cookies left on your PC by websites via the settings in your web browser and most browsers have options that let you control how cookies are stored or delete them.

Our use of cookies

Shrewsbury College would like to store cookies on your computer, to improve our website.

Shrewsbury College’s website is built using the Expression Engine content management system which uses three cookies that cannot be turned off from within the system therefore are required for the website to work.

exp_tracker
Despite its name, this cookie doesn’t track what you do online. It only keeps track of the last 5 pages you visited on www.shrewsbury.ac.uk. This information allows shrewsbury.ac.uk to redirect you to the page you were on before submitting a booking or enquiry form.

exp_last_activity
This cookie contains the date of your last activity on www.shrewsbury.ac.uk. If you haven’t been active on the site before, your last activity will be set to the current time.

exp_last_visit
This cookie is only relevant to registered users. If you’re browsing site.com as a guest, this cookie will be set to a date in the past.

exp_csrf_token
This cookie offers prevents submissions to forms from other websites and is a security measure  against certain forms of hacking attacks.

lhc_per and PHPSESSID
These cookies are used to allow you to communicate to our Course Advice team via online chat.

Google Analytics cookies

We also collect anonymous visitor statistics via Google Analytics to help us improve our site and this relies on four cookies being placed on your computer. However, Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about you.

Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither Shrewsbury College or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.

 _ga
This cookie  is used to identify unique users and it expires after 2 years. It does not collect any personal information.

_gat
This cookie  is used to throttle the request rate and it expires after 10 minutes. It does not collect any personal information.

Google also provides a way of opting out of all analytics globally.

Online behavioural advertising

Occasionally we may use webpages that contain third party cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect or receive information from your interactions with our website and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads on Facebook.

You can opt-out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting via your browser:

You can also access a mechanism for exercising choice over the companies you wish to accept advertising online behavioural advertising from www.aboutads.info/choices

Third party website widgets

To make our website more interesting to you we embed some page elements from trusted third parties so that we can provide you with features like interactive maps, ‘like’ buttons and videos. Most of these elements come with their own cookies that we cannot control or guarantee what they do. They are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps
  • Sharing buttons

A guide to checking cookies on your computer

There are a variety of browsers, each with new versions of coming out all the time, but the following may be of interest. (Correct as of August 2016.)

In Internet Explorer select the Tools button and then select Internet options. Select the Privacy tab, and under Settings, select Advanced and choose if you want to allow, block or be prompted for first and third party cookies.

In Firefox click the menu button and choose Options. Select the Privacy panel and under History set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history which will give you a number of options over controlling cookies, including using the Exceptions button to set cookie preferences for individual websites.

In Safari go to Preferences, and then click Privacy > Click Details and select one or more websites that stores cookies, and then click Remove or Remove All. When you finish removing websites, click Done.

For Google Chrome click the menu button and then click Settings and then Show advanced settings. In the Privacy section, click Content settings where you can use the Cookies section to change your settings, including using the Manage exceptions button to set cookie preferences for individual websites.

If you have any concerns about your privacy, please contact us.

Tel: 01743 342342. Email: prospects@shrewsbury.ac.uk
 

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