This Cookie Notice is dated 22 May 2018.

This Cookie Notice explains how the QA group of companies (“QA”, “we”, “our” or “us”) use cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit any of our websites, portals or online learning environment (“”Website”).  It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.  Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.

Cookies set by us are called “first party cookies”.  Cookies set by parties other than us are called “third party cookies”.  Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the Website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics).  The parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to provide easier navigation around the sites and gather anonymous analytics information. In some cases, cookies are used to provide functionality within sessions, such as within portals or learning environments. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites. For example, we may use Google Analytics (a third party cookie) within our Websites to monitor how visitors have landed on our Website, and how they consequently navigate it. This is done so that we can see aggregated (not individual) statistics about which content our users access most frequently.

From time to time we may have links to other services such as social media or video services on our Website. These third party services may drop cookies on your computer when you use them. Due to the nature of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies nor control their use. Likewise, these third party services cannot access our session or analytics cookies.

How can you control cookies?

You have the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies and to set your own cookie preferences on your computer.

These preferences can be to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at all. However, by opting not to receive cookies at any time, certain features of the Website cannot be provided and you may not be able to enjoy the Website to its fullest. All web browsers are different and to learn how to change your cookie preferences, check the “Help” menu of your browser.

Unless the user’s browser has been configured so that it will refuse cookies, our Websites notify the user that the site makes use of cookies and allows the user to customise their browser to configure their preferences.

Cookies notification and control

On our Websites we have provided a cookie control that is visible on the page. This control provides information on our use of cookies and seeks the user’s agreement before proceeding to use the site.

Cookies within our Websites


Category Cookie Name Description/Purpose
PHP Session Cookies PHPSESSID We use these cookies to store a simple message when a form is submitted that can be displayed on a different page. For example, if an enquiry form is completed incorrectly, a message will be stored and presented to the user to indicate the errors in the submission.
When an enquiry form is submitted successfully, a message is stored and presented to the user thanking them for their enquiry.
Google Analytics _ga These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, where the visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited.
Google Network ads/ga-audiences These cookies are used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.
Akero _cfduid This cookie is used by the Akero Forms service and Cloudflare to identify trusted web traffic.
ReponseTap _adiCookieCheck We use Response Tap within our websites and the service uses cookies to provide us with valuable insight in helping us understand visitor interaction between our website and call centre. Cookies are used to track visitors, and to help prevent errors in tracking visitors where they may be using one browser with multiple tabs opened. The cookies also ensure that information can be collected overtime regardless of how many visits has been made to the website.
ShareThis _stid We use a button on our websites to allow you to easily spread the word about QA to other people, by one of several means. The cookies simply determine whether you are signed in to ShareThis independently, and make the button work.
DoubleClick test_cookie DoubleClick uses cookies to improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what’s relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance, and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen. Cookies themselves contain no personally identifiable information.
AddtoAny uvc AddToAny automatically integrates with Google Analytics and enabled visitors to share and save content.
ShareThis __sharethis_cookie_test__ We use a button on our websites to allow you to easily spread the word about QA to other people, by one of several means. The cookies simply determine whether you are signed in to Share. This independently, and make the button work.
HotJar hjIncludedInSample Hotjar is used by us to understand how our website visitors use the website. These session cookies are set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.