What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used to make websites work or work more efficiently. For example, they may be required to keep you logged in to a service, or to remember your choice of accessibility settings. A cookie will typically contain a record of the web site which issued it, its own name, and a value which is often a randomly generated unique number.
The cookie will also have a “lifetime”, which tells your browser when to delete it. Cookies can be “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary and should be deleted by your browser when you quit. Persistent cookies can remain on your hard drive indefinitely (how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie) and may continue to be accessed via your browser.
Can I turn off cookies?
You can manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies. You may also be able to view the cookies already in your system. This will depend on your browser, please consult the appropriate web site for your browser.
However, please note that cookies are essential to the effective functioning of some of the services we offer online. If you disable cookies, a number of important functions and services will be unavailable to you and our websites may not operate correctly in your browser.
Which type of cookie does UWE Bristol use?
A list of cookies used by UWE Bristol can be found on the following pages:
For those familiar with the ICC categories of cookies, we use:
- Category 1, “Strictly Necessary Cookies” to maintain service levels across servers ("load balancing"), to maintain security of access where the user has logged in, and where a programming language issues cookies as a fundamental requirement of delivery.
- Category 2, “Performance Cookies” for anonymous analysis of our web pages, to help us understand how people use them and how we can improve them. This analysis is always anonymous.
- Category 3 “Functionality Cookies” to deliver specific requested functionality, such as display options to support accessibility. Your consent is sought before these cookies are issued.
UWE Bristol does not use Category 4, “Targeting Cookies” unless you are advised on the page.
UWE Bristol cookies and personal information
To maintain and improve the quality of our website we use the web metrics services listed below:
- Google Analytics
- Digital Analytix: a web metrics service provided by comScore
- Google Adwords
Please see our third-party cookie information for more details.
You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to, you can
opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by changing cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.
Remarketing cookies will expire 12 months from the time that the cookie is set or updated (whichever is the later).
What happens if I switch off UWE Bristol cookies?
Cookies are essential to the effective functioning of our websites. If you disable cookies, a number of important functions and services will be unavailable to you and our websites will not operate correctly in your browser.