Cookies

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Turning off cookies 

Although harmless, if you find the idea of a website storing information on your device intrusive or you may not want to see targeted advertising based on your interests, you can change your cookie settings. However, it’s important to consider that if you choose to disable cookies, important functions and services may become unavailable to you and websites may not operate as effectively as they could.

Modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these in your browser menu. The following links may be helpful if you want to find out more about turning off cookies:-

Blackburn College uses the following cookies, for the following purposes:

Our website and online application system uses Google products such as Doubleclick ‘Spotlight’ tags to monitor the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns. We also use Google Analytics , a web service, which tracks web visitors and helps us to monitor its effectiveness, and Google Adwords which serves adverts across Google’s search, display, email and Gmail networks. Cookies are set by Google to support this activity.

Facebook – We use Facebook’s Ad Manager to promote the College. Cookies are used to enhance the effectiveness of our campaigns and help us to measure results.

Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. The MoodleSession cookie helps create a login session and the session will expire after a period of inactivity, this helps keep your account safe by logging out when not in use.

Estream is a video and streaming platform that has thousands of educational videos with the ability to live stream lectures and presentations as well as record live TV, stream also offers digital signage that is used on all the screens around the college. The only cookies in use on Estream are for Google Analytics to help us to understand how users engage with Estream. 

Mahara is an ePortfolio and social networking system. As a mahara.org user, you can determine what personal information you make available to others. By default, unless assigned Administrator, Staff or Tutor access rights, a user may only view your Preferred Name. This includes listings within a Notification report or Visitor Log. We may also collect system usage for statistical purposes however this data will not identify any individual. 

ProMonitor is a PC based system for Individual Learning Plans (ILP) and contains a simple Markbook to enter a student’s progress towards their qualification aims. It allows staff to send comments to each other, contains attendance by each register for all students and Reports to Parent/Guardians can be created within the system. The cookies that promonitor uses are to aid login and create the login session, the login session will expire after 100 minutes of inactivity, this will help keep your data safe.

Lime Survey allows you to develop, publish and collect responses to surveys. Surveys can be public, or can be strictly controlled through the use of "once-only" tokens for each survey participant. Lime Survey also uses Google Analytics.

Click4Assistance is a live chat software used on our website, a 3rd party UK based software company. See their web chat and live chat software privacy policy for more information about who Click4Assistance are and how the data is processed and stored.

Third parties – our website and other services may contain links and embedded content from other websites and services (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr). These websites and services may set their own cookies.


The College undertakes an audit of its cookies on an annual basis. See the latest cookie audit which was completed in March 2018.