Cookie Policy

Privacy settings for this website

You can choose to enable or disable the different types of cookies used on this website by altering your privacy settings for this website. Further information can be found below.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

A cookie will typically contain details such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a value which is usually a random number as an identifier and the life time of the cookie.

How we use cookies?

There are several reasons why a cookie might be stored on your device when visiting this site.

  • Cookies that enable the site to function properly and enable you to use site features such as the ability to access secure areas of the site.
  • Cookies that collect data about the use and performance of the website. This information is anonymised and is used to help us to improve the site.
  • Cookies that are placed on your device by third party services we make use of, to enhance and supplement the information we present online. They are also used in parts of our site to capture users' subjects of interest and then serve targeted advertising on other websites. We do not have direct control of the function of these cookies. Please see the privacy/cookie policy of the third party services below for more information on how they use their cookies. You can disable these cookies by using the cookie settings option in the bottom left corner or the settings in your browser as described in the ‘How to control and delete cookies’ section below.

Types of cookies

  • Session cookies - are created temporarily when a user visits a website. Once the user leaves the site/closes the browser, the session cookie is deleted.
  • Persistent cookies - remain on the user’s device and are re-activated when the user visits the website that created that specific cookie. These cookies expire after a certain period, or can be removed manually.

Cookies used on this site

There are several different types of cookies used on this site. Some cookies are strictly necessary for the site to function, some are used to monitor the performance of the site and some are issued by third parties to provide additional information and functionality. These are described below.

Strictly necessary cookies

Cookie name Cookie Description Behaviour
NCS* NetScaler Appliance session cookie.
These cookies are set by our Citrix NetScaler appliance and are used to ensure your browsing session remains on the same web server.
Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.
PHPSESSID Randomly generated session ID assigned by the webserver. Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.
fe_typo3_user_business Randomly generated session ID assigned by Typo3 content management system. Used to enable login to secure areas of the site. Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.
nc_staticfilecache Cookie assigned by Typo3 content management system. Used when user is logged into the site to help manage page caching. Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.
cc_analytics Cookie assigned to remember your cookie preferences for performance and analytics compoments. Contains a simple yes or no. Persistent cookie. Expires after 12 months.
cc_necessary Cookie assigned to remember your cookie preferences for necessary site functionality. Contains a simple yes or no. Persistent cookie. Expires after 12 months.
cc_social Cookie assigned to remember your cookie preferences for third-party social media components. Contains a simple yes or no. Persistent cookie. Expires after 12 months.

Performance cookies

Google Analytics

The site uses Google Analytics to help us see how our website is used. In doing so, information about your use of the site may be transmitted to Google and stored on their servers outside of the EU. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use. The information is collected in an anonymous form and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you. For more information see Google’s Privacy Policy. You can also choose to Opt out of Google Analytics.

Third party cookies

Parts of our website carry Edunamic, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter tracking code, known as a 'pixel'. This code tracks the page(s) you have visited on the University's site and passes this to Edunamic, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to inform targeted advertising. This data is anonymous and the University cannot see your name, phone number, email address or any other personal information which could identify you.

AddThis

Some of our pages use the AddThis tools for sharing content via various social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. Any information collected by AddThis cookies is non-personally identifiable information. For more information see AddThis.com Privacy Policy.

Cookie name Cookie Description Behaviour
__atuvs Makes sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page with AddThis social sharing. Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.
dt Maintenance cookie that helps manage expiration for other cookies. Persistent cookie. Expires after 1 month.
bt2 Keeps a record of parts of the site that have been visited in order to recommend other parts of the site. Persistent cookie. Expires after 8 months.
__atuvc Updates counter on a website's social sharing function. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
di2 Maintenance cookie that helps manage expiration for other cookies. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
loc Determines the geolocation of where content has been shared from. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
uid Unique user ID that recognises the user on returning visits. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
um Registers the user's sharing of content via social media. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
uvc Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
user_segment Measures how often the user visits. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.

Disqus

Some of our pages use an embedded system called Disqus to provide commenting functionality. The cookies are used to remember your Disqus login and to provide functionality for you to leave comments.  For more information see Disqus’ privacy policy.

Cookie name Cookie Description Behaviour
__utmc Google analytics for Disqus comments. Records the end of a session. Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.
__utmt Google analytics for Disqus comments. Used to throttle request rate. Persistent cookie. Expires after 10 minutes.
__utmb Google analytics for Disqus comments. Records the start of a session. Persistent cookie. Expires after 30 minutes.
__iid Description unavailable. Persistent cookie. Expires after 30 minutes.
__utmz Google analytics for Disqus comments. Records where a visitor came from previously. Persistent cookie. Expires after 6 months.
disqus_unique Used for anonymous visitors. Persistent cookie. Expires after 1 year.
__utma Google analytics for Disqus comments. Contains a unique ID to record visits from the same user. Persistent cookie. Expires after 2 years.
testCookie Used to check whether the browser accepts 3rd-party cookies. Session cookie. Removed when you close your browser.

How to control and delete cookies

You can manage cookie usage through your browser settings. The help function in your preferred browser should provide you with the correct information. Some browsers provide helpful cookie guides:

Alternatively, http://www.allaboutcookies.org provides advice on how to do this, and further information on cookies and how to manage them.