Data collected

This policy explains what information we gather when you visit the website, and explains how that information is used.

It is important for you to appreciate that the website contains extensive links to and from other independent third-party sites, both within the University and elsewhere. This policy covers the central website, represented by URLs starting You will need to consult the appropriate information on other sites for information on their policies. is not responsible for any cookies that may be set by third party websites that are linked to from pages on this site.

Data collected

In common with most websites, this site automatically logs certain information about every request made of it (see below for more details). This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics.

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms provided on this website for a specific purpose. By supplying this information you are consenting to the University holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided.
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

Logged data

The following data is automatically collected for each request:

  • The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client
  • The date and time of connection
  • The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested
  • The status code of the request (success or failure etc.)
  • The number of data bytes sent in response
  • The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser
  • The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser

Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.

In addition, the computers on which the website is hosted keep records of attempts (authorised and unauthorised) to use them for purposes other than access to the web server. This data typically includes:

  • the date and time of the attempt;
  • the service to which access was attempted;
  • the name or network address of the computer making the connection; and
  • and may include details of what was done or was attempted to be done.

Personal data

Information about the University's use of personal data is available in our privacy policy.


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Cookies used on this website





Session cookies


Information if user close announcement window



Information if user accepts cookies



Information about saved pages



Automatically generated by Matrix lzZf



Stores selected value if user selects screen colour in accessibility options



Stores selected value if user selects text size in accessibility options

Google Analytics


Used to distinguish users.



Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.



Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.



Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.



Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.



Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Google Maps


Google used these to track how many people are using their maps, which appear on our location pages.

SiteImprove Analytics


Persistent – expires after 1000 days. This cookie is used to help record the visitor’s use of the website.
It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site.
This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website. This Siteimprove Analytics cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognise the browser when a visitor reads a page.
The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.

Cookies outside of our domain





DoubleClick by Google


Google uses these cookies to improve your online experience, while tracking ad response rates to improve the effectiveness of online advertising on external websites.

Session cookie


SiteImprove uses this cookie to track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at during a visit to the site. This information can be used to reduce user journeys, and enable visitors to find relevant information quicker.