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Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

To make our site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. This page explains what we are collecting and why.

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

Our website (www.ncl.ac.uk) also uses cookies to help you access content on the site - providing a better user experience - and also allows us to to track visitor journeys. 

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. We collect web analytics and social media usage from a number of service providers including Google Analytics, Facebook and Twitter. 

Cookie Purpose
_utma Stores each user's amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. (Google Analytics)
_utmb
_utmc
Used to check approximately how long you stay on a site. (Google Analytics)
_utmz Stores where you came from (eg search engine, search keyword, link). (Google Analytics)

_ga
_gid

Used to distinguish users. (Google Analytics)
datr Used to identify the session for tracking purposes. (Facebook)
pid
guest_id
Allows content from Twitter to be shown on website pages and pages to be shared on Twitter. (Twitter)
courseTitle Stores the course title when viewing related module information. Used for navigation purposes only and is removed when the web browser is closed. (Newcastle University)
courseUrl Stores the course web link when viewing related module information. Used for navigation purposes only and is removed when the web browser is closed. (Newcastle University)
lastTitle Stores the previous page title when viewing related module information. Used for navigation purposes only and is removed when the web browser is closed. (Newcastle University)
lastUrl Stores the link to the previous page when viewing the related module information. Used for navigation purposes only and is removed when the web browser is closed. (Newcastle University)
ISSU We use ISSUU.com to embed publications in our web pages. Used to monitor access of ISSUU.com (ISSUU)
__atuvc
loc
uvc
Used by the AddThis social sharing widget. It's main purpose is for functionality. (AddThis)

_bizo_bzid
_bizo_cksm
_bizo_np_stats

B2B marketing platform, formerly known as Bizo, which is now owned by LinkedIn. (LinkedIn)

_hjIncludedInSample

Uniquely identifies a visitor during a single browser session and indicates they are included in an audience sample. (Hot Jar)

em_cdn_uid

Used by Embed.ly service to authorise our use of the service for embedding media. (Embed.ly)

PREF
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
YSC

These cookies help track the number of views for a particular embedded YouTube video. (YouTube)

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. Without them some features of this site may not work as intended.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org.

You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. The help menu of your browser details how to change cookie preferences.

If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site.

To opt out of being tracked by Google analytics across all websites visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Twitter

Twitter is changing the way they allow users to opt out of  interest-based ads. Instead of a browser’s Do Not Track function they’re offering the following options:

  • if you are on the web, you can visit the Digital Advertising Alliance’s consumer choice tool to opt out of seeing interest-based advertising from Twitter
  • on your mobile device, enable the 'Limit Ad Tracking' setting in your iOS phone’s settings, or the setting to 'Opt out of Ads Personalization' in your Android phone’s settings.

To find out more about Twitter's privacy controls for personalized ads visit https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170405

Comments and queries

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