Privacy and cookies policy


Information collected

On some parts of the website, you may be asked to provide some limited personal information in order to enable the provision of certain services e.g. open day booking, conference enquiry, registering with the alumni website, etc. The College may store this information manually or electronically. By supplying this information you are consenting to the College holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided. Information provided will be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfil that purpose. Personal information collected and/or processed by the College is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

How the information collected is used

Personal information provided to the College by you will only be used for the purpose stated when the information is requested. Personal information will not be sold to third parties, or provided to direct marketing companies or other such organisations.

Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of the College's website. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users.

Any queries or concerns about privacy on this website should be sent to the Treasurer, who is the Data Protection Officer for the College.


Lady Margaret Hall believes in only using website cookies when strictly necessary and will not use cookies for any targeted or advertising purposes. By using the Lady Margaret Hall website you are agreeing to allow the use of the cookies as defined by the College.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.

How do I control cookies on my device?

You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies using your browser at

Cookies used on the Lady Margaret Hall Website

Name Expires Category Cookie origin Description More information
ASP.NET_SessionId At end of session Strictly necessary 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) Standard ASP.NET cookie containing the user's session ID See here
CMSPreferredCulture 1 year Strictly necessary & Functionality 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) The user preferred culture. Part of the CMS. See here
VisitorStatus 1 year Strictly necessary & Functionality 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) Sets the visitor status (unknown/first visit/more visits). Part of the CMS.
CurrentVisitStatus 23 hours Strictly necessary & Functionality 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) Sets current visit status (throughout current day) - new visitor, returning visitor for the web analytics module for the page views/visits reports. Part of the CMS.
CurrentTheme 1 day Strictly necessary & Functionality 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) Current theme cookie. Part of the CMS.
UrlReferrer 1 day Strictly necessary & Functionality 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) The HTTP referrer identifies the URL of the page from which a user originated. Referrer logging is used to allow websites and web servers to identify where people are visiting them from, for promotional security and statistical purposes. Part of the CMS. See here
civicAllowCookies 3 months Strictly necessary 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on the Lady Margaret Hall website. This cookie is set only after the user has given consent. See here
civicShowCookieIcon 3 months Strictly necessary 1st Party (Lady Margaret Hall) This cookie is used to display the cookie consent tool icon. This cookie is set only after the user has given consent.

Please see the following summary on the role of the category of cookies. The categories come from the ICC UK Cookie Guide.

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping cart or e-billing, cannot be provided.

Category 2: Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

Category 3: Functionality cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.

These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.

Category 4: Targeting cookies or advertising cookies (not used at all on the LMH website)
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.