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We believe that we have a responsibility to be open and transparent in all of our activities.

It is our intention to make our our day-to-day policies easily available. 


The current Admissions Policy is available to read as a PDF.

There are also shorter PDF extracts containing the most popular sections.


Cookies are nothing new. They have been around since the days of the early web browsers. They simply make your web browsing more effective by remembering some preferences (e.g. your favourite location for weather), or your username for certain sites you log in to, they also allow organisations to see what pages work and which don’t. Many sites use a service called Google Analytics for this.

How they work

Cookies are simply small data files created by a website on a user’s computer, or other browsing device such as a mobile phone or tablet. These files are stored on a user’s device.

Every time you connect to the Internet your browsing device is given a unique identifier called an IP address. However, most of this tracking is anonymous.


Our external website uses Google Analytics. This allows us to see: how many visitors we’ve had; the most popular pages; how long people are staying on the site; and, approximately where they are based. There is nothing that identifies you an individual. We can, however, ascertain facts such as the number of visits from a particular town or city such as London, Chichester etc.

Google Analytics creates four cookies on your computer. The following explanation comes from

The __utma Cookie

This cookie is what’s called a “persistent” cookie, as in, it never expires (technically, it does expire…in the year 2038…but for the sake of explanation, let’s pretend that it never expires, ever). This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase.

The __utmb and __utmc Cookies

The B and C cookies are brothers, working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. __utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc waits 30 minutes, and then it expires. You see, __utmc has no way of knowing when a user closes their browser or leaves a website, so it waits 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn’t, it expires.

The __utmz Cookie

Mr. __utmz keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website. It expires in 15,768,000 seconds – or, in 6 months. This cookie is how Google Analytics knows to whom and to what source / medium / keyword to assign the credit for a Goal Conversion or an Ecommerce Transaction. __utmz also lets you edit its length with a simple customization to the Google Analytics Tracking code.

The __utmv Cookie

If you are making use of the user-defined report in Google Analytics, and have coded something on your site for some custom segmentation, the __utmv cookie gets set on the person’s computer, so that Google Analytics knows how to classify that visitor. The __utmv cookie is also a persistent, lifetime cookie.

So, as you can see, no personal information. If a website was a shopping centre, then these cookies would be like the systems that track footfall ie how many customers are coming and going.

If you would like any further information please contact



The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every organisation (unless exempt), which is involved in processing personal data about identifiable, living individuals to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The University has to comply with this requirement and details about the information we process are included on the ICO Register of data controllers, which is available for public inspection.The Act regulates the processing of personal data and protects the rights of individuals whom the data is about by placing duties on those who decide how and why such data is processed.  More information about this can be found by clicking on the links below and if you have any queries or concerns please email the University Data Protection Officer:

The University also has a Data Sharing Agreement with the University of Chichester Students' Union which can be accessed via the link below:

For General Advice and Guidance on Data Protection, Freedom of Information and more, visit the Information Commissioner’s  Office website:

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all public authorities to make information available proactively through a publication scheme. 

The University has adopted the model Publication Scheme for Higher Education, approved by the Information Commissioner.

The Publication Scheme is available to view here.

Requests under the Freedom of Information Act should be addressed to our Freedom of Information Officer via


Our environmental policy identifies our vision and commitment for making the university a more sustainable place to study and work. 

Our Environmental and Sustainable Development Strategy was first approved by our Governors in June 2010 describing what our priorities are.



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The express permission of the University of Chichester must be obtained to reproduce materials other than for the purposes permitted by law. 


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information published on our website. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the information provided is intended as a guide only and does not form the basis of a contract between the University of Chichester and any third party.

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This translation tool is for your convenience only and the University of Chichester does not guarantee the quality or accuracy of any translation . By using this translation tool, you assume the risk of any errors or inaccuracies of the text translation that might arise from using Google™ Translate.

If there is a difference between the English version and the translated version, the English version shall always take precedence.

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