SOAS University of London

Cookies and Privacy

ANALYTICS AND CUSTOMIZATION COOKIES

These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our websites and application for you in order to enhance your experience. More info can be found in our privacy policy

ADVERTISING (TARGETING) COOKIES

These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests. They also perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests. For further information, see the section of the Cookie Statement entitled “Targeted online advertising”. More info can be found in our privacy policy


The SOAS 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 device through your web browser when you are viewing the Website. We do not use these cookies to identify you personally, and they don’t collect information from your computer or mobile device.

We use cookies to:

  • Remember information about you so that you don’t need to keep telling us over and over again.
  • Help us understand how visitors are using our Website, so we can make it better
  • Help us understand the technology visitors are using to access the Website to ensure the site is accessible and performs well regardless of the device you use

Our use of cookies

This list is correct as of 30 June 2020, but we will be updating it whenever new cookies are added to the site.

There are a number of different types of cookies, and we have explained how they work and what they are below.

Cookies have characteristics in addition to the uses listed above. These characteristics are further explained in the sections below.

Source of cookies

First Party cookies

These cookies are set by the website you’re visiting. And only that website can read them.

Third Party cookies

These cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Where SOAS links to its pages on third party sites such as Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter, those sites may drop cookies on your computer or device which track your online behaviour to improve performance on their sites, or to better understand your interests to show you relevant advertisements.

Duration of cookies

Session cookies

These cookies only last for the duration of your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome).

Persistent cookies

These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.

Purpose of cookies

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies let you use all the different parts of the Website. Without them, services that you’ve asked for can’t be provided. For instance, we use necessary cookies to allow you to access restricted areas of the Website, such as the job recruitment system or services accessible through our single sign on platform.

Performance cookies

These help us understand how people use the Website so that we can make improvements to the navigation experience and content of the site.

Functional cookies

These help us improve your experience when visiting the Website by remembering your preferences and settings.

Advertising cookies

Some websites use advertising networks to show you specially targeted adverts when you visit. These networks may also be able to track your browsing across different sites.

What cookies do we use?

Below are lists of all the different types of cookies we use on our Website. Some cookies will only drop on your computer or device if you use certain parts of the Website, such as making a job application through the SOAS Jobs site.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit;

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit Google Analytics Opt-out.

List of strictly necessary cookies

Cookies with the source jobs.soas.ac.uk and i-grasp.com are set when you use our job applications system, cookies with the source bbox.blackbaudhosting.com are set when you use our online donations form, and cookies with the source search.ebscohost.com and idp.soas.ac.uk are set when authorised users visit our single sign on service.
These cookies are essential to the proper functioning and performance of these parts of the Website, and should not be turned off.

Cookie Name Description Behaviour First/Third Party
DSID This cookie is set to note your specific user identity. It contains a hashed or encrypted unique ID. Persistent Doubleclick – Google (3rd party)
Cb_enabled A free script which shows a cookie alert notice on a website. It remembers when a visitor has dismissed the alert so it doesn’t reappear on the next visit Persistent SOAS
__cf_bm The __cf_bm cookie is a cookie necessary to support Cloudflare Bot Management. It helps manage incoming traffic that matches criteria associated with bots Persistent Feedgrabbr.com
__cfduid Speeds up page load times and overrides any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. It does not contain any user identification information. Persistent Feedgrabbr.com
ASPSESSIONIDQCUPAC General purpose platform session cookie, used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server Session Jobs.soas.ac.uk
SecurityString Encrypted string of data used for security purposes Session Jobs.soas.ac.uk
ASPSessionConfirmed Used to control central security logic Session Jobs.soas.ac.uk
ClientUseASPSession Decides whether or not session data should be stored in session or in database Session Jobs.soas.ac.uk
AWSELB Load balancing cookie Session www24.i-grasp.com
AWSELBCORS Load balancing cookie with explicit SameSite attribute for later Chrome versions Session www24.i-grasp.com
ASP.Net_SessionID Maintains anonymised user session by the server, linked to web-based donation form Session Bbox.blackbaudhosting.com
NSC Ensure correct routing of traffic and user data to enable consistent experience on web- based donation form Session Bbox.blackbaudhosting.com
SESSIONID (SSO) Anonymous session identifier Persistent Search.ebscohost.com
JSESSIONID (SSO) Maintains anonymised user session by the server Session Idp.soas.ac.uk

List of functionality cookies

These cookies benefit visitors by remembering settings for next time.

Cookie Name Description Duration First/Third Party
HjIncludedinsample This cookie uniquely identifies a visitor during a single browser session and indicates they are included in an audience sample. Session Soas.ac.uk (1st party)
Lang Store language preferences, to serve up content in the stored language Session Cdn.syndication.twimg.com (3rd party)
Lidc This is a Microsoft MSN 1st party cookie that ensures the proper functioning of this Website. Persistent

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List of performance cookies

Cookies from the source store.soas.ac.uk are set by WPM, our online payments provider and help the Website remember which items you put in your basket, for instance.

Cookie Name Description Duration First/Third Party
_hjid Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behaviour in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID. Persistent Soas.ac.uk (1st party)
_gid This cookie stores and updates a unique value for each page visited. Used by Website for statistical purposes to improve performance Persistent Google – 3rd party; SOAS; store.soas.ac.uk
ELOQUA Eloqua Business Marketing platform - this cookie collects and transfers contact info from webforms to internal databases Persistent Linkedin
_utma Distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics Persistent Linkedin
Auth_token                                        Statistical and analytical purposes for improving perfomance Persistent Twitter
YSC This cookie is set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos. Persistent Youtube.com
_gat Limits data collected on high traffic sites Persistent store.soas.ac.uk; SOAS
_ga Identifies visitors by assigning a random number, it is used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports Persistent store.soas.ac.uk; SOAS

List of targeting/advertising cookies

Cookie Name Description Duration First/Third Party
1P_JAR This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the website Persistent Google (3rd party)
Aam_uuid Adobe Audience Manager - data management platform uses these cookies to assign a unique ID when users visit a website. Persistent Linkedin (3rd party)
UserMatchHistory This cookie is used to track visitors so that more relevant ads can be presented based on the visitor's preferences. Persistent Google
Li_oatml Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Linkedin
Guest_id This cookie is set by Twitter to identify and track the website visitor Persistent Twitter
_gcl_au Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services Persistent SOAS
IDE Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Doubleclick - Google
SEARCH_SAMESITE Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Google
Eu_cn Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Twitter
_fbp Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers Persistent SOAS
lissc Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Google
ANID Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Google
Liap Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Linkedin
Xs Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Facebook
SIDCC This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website Persistent Google
Syndication_guest_id Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Twitter
Bcookie This is a Microsoft MSN 1st party cookie for sharing the content of our Website via social media Persistent Linkedin
Personalization_id Identifies the user connecting to Twitter. Not necessarily linked to Twitter used ID. Persistent (Twitter) Twitter
SID This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time. Persistent Google
HSID This cookie builds a profile of the website visitor's interests to show them relevant ads on other sites Persistent Doubleclick - Google
SSID This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website Persistent Google
APISID This cookie is generally set through the site by advertising partners, and used by them to build a profile of the website visitor's interests and show relevant ads on other sites. This cookie works by uniquely identifying your browser and device. Persistent Doubleclick-Google
SAPISID This cookie is generally set through the site by advertising partners, and used by them to build a profile of the website visitor's interests and show relevant ads on other sites. This cookie works by uniquely identifying your browser and device Persistent Doubleclick – Google
Twid Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Twitter
Ads_prefs Used for advertising based on previous searches and browsing Persistent Twitter
CONSENT This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website Persistent Google