What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are downloaded onto your computer when you visit a website. They are used by many websites to make them work, or to help them work more efficiently. They also provide us with information about how you use the website.

Website operators are required by law – specifically the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations) – to provide clear and comprehensive information about the use of cookies, and ensure that users have consented to this use.

What are cookies?

The Quality of Employment website is hosted in conjunction with the LSE International Inequalities Institute, itself part of the LSE website, a large and complex service comprising various sub-sites. In line with the LSE digital approach, various cookies are in use across the Quality of Employment website, with the cookies in use subject to changes as the website develops. The following table details the cookies used on the main LSE website following their latest audit (May 2018).

  • Session cookie

These are created temporarily in your browser’s subfolder while you are visiting the website. Session cookies allow you to proceed from webpage to webpage quickly and easily so you don’t get asked for the same information you’ve already given to the site. The cookie is then automatically deleted when you leave the website.

  • Persistent cookie

These remain in your browser’s subfolder and are activated again when you re-visit the website. It helps us to remember your information and settings when you visit the website again, resulting in a faster online experience for you.

  • Functional cookie

These enable additional functionality to improve your experience on the website. For example, recording settings for future visits so as to save users having to repeat making the same choices.



Used to enable sharing on social media.

Strictly necessary cookie

These are technically essential to the provision of the LSE website. For example, some cookies are used to enable secure login to restricted areas.



This cookie is associated with a free script which shows the cookie alert notice on the website. It is used to record when the user has dismissed the notice to prevent it re-appearing on return visits.



Used to facilitate authorisation to access restricted areas of the LSE website.



Used to enable state for interactive services, such as forms, and to enable authorisation to access restricted areas of the LSE website and the Quality of Employment website.

Performance cookie

These monitor and assess the Quality of Employment website and the LSE website, and their use. For example, recording visits to reveal how a website is used and which parts are most popular.

Google Analytics


Used to monitor usage of the Quality of Employment website. This information allows us to assess how the LSE website is used. Anonymous data about usage (eg number of visitors, visitors’ country, number of times each page is visited) is collected and aggregated to produce website performance reports.



Used to monitor usage of the Quality of Employment website. This information allows LSE to assess how the website is used.

Google Tag Manager


Used to help identify website visitors in Google Analytics by DoubleClick.                      



Used to help identify website visitors. Provided by Microsoft Inc.



Used to track user search experience across the website.

Advertising/targeting cookies

These use an identification number to monitor personal preferences for the purposes of personalising pages and gathering further information. For example, presenting adverts or promotions for products similar to those previously viewed or purchased.

These include

  • Facebook Pixel
  • LinkedIn InsightTag
  • Google/Doubleclick


Google / Doubleclick


Used to remember preferences and gather website statistics.

Sharing information via social media platforms

Both the Quality of Employment website and LSE websites and applications may have links embedded into pages on various social media platforms. Cookies generated by those sites are outside of our control and may change without notice. When you share a page or link those sites may set cookies on your device or browser and may also make information about you publicly available or stored elsewhere. For more information about privacy and the cookies used by these services, as well as information on how to opt-out, please visit the respective social media platforms.

How can I manage my cookies?

You can use your website browser to:

  • Delete all cookies
  • Block all cookies
  • Allow all cookies
  • Block third-party cookies
  • Clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • Open a ‘private browsing’ / ‘incognito’ session (allows you to browse the internet without storing local data)
  • Install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality, for example Google have created a Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On for Chrome.
  • Click on your chosen browser below for instructions and guidance on how to manage your cookies via your browser.




Internet Explorer

If you use another browser, please visit the browser developer website for guidance and instructions on managing your cookies.

Information about cookies

More information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website, https://ico.org.uk ,  http://aboutcookies.org/ and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/