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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 track visitor journeys. 

Some of the cookies we make use of collect your IP address, which is your personal data. We collect web analytics and social media usage from a number of service providers including Google Analytics, Facebook and Twitter. 

Necessary Cookies

Cookie Purpose
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)
__atuvc
loc
uvc
Used by the AddThis social sharing widget. It's main purpose is for functionality. (AddThis)

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)

PGCourseCodes

Each course has multiple course codes (depending on mode of study, year of entry etc), this cookie stores a list of these course codes after the user selects 'apply now'. The data is used to prefill the postgraduate application portal. (Newcastle University)
PGCourseTitle Each course has a unique title. This cookie stores the title and, after the user selects 'apply now', the data is used to prefill the postgraduate application portal. (Newcastle University)
__hs_opt_out This Hubspot cookie is used by the opt-in privacy policy to remember not to ask the visitor to accept cookies again. This cookie is set when you give visitors the choice to opt out of cookies.
(Expires: 13 months)
__hs_do_not_track This cookie can be set to prevent the tracking code from sending any information to HubSpot. Setting this cookie is different from opting out of cookies, as it still allows anonymized information to be sent to HubSpot.
(Expires: 13 months)
hs_ab_test This Hubspot cookie is used to consistently serve visitors the same version of an A/B test page they’ve seen before.
(Expires: end of session)
<id>_key When visiting a password-protected page, this cookie is set so future visits to the page from the same browser do not require login again. The cookie name is unique for each password-protected page.
hs-messages-is-open This cookie is used to determine and save whether the chat widget is open for future visits. It resets to re-close the widget after 30 minutes of inactivity.
(Expires: 30 minutes) 
hs-messages-hide-welcome-message This cookie is used to prevent the welcome message from appearing again for one day after it is dismissed.
(Expires: 1 day) 
__hsmem This cookie is set when visitors log in to a HubSpot-hosted site.
(Expires: 1 year) 

Statistics Related Cookies

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)

_hjIncludedInSample

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

Marketing Cookies

Cookie Purpose
datr Used to identify the session for tracking purposes. (Facebook)
fr Advertising cookie used to deliver, measure, and improve the relevancy of adverts. (Facebook)
pid
guest_id
Allows content from Twitter to be shown on website pages and pages to be shared on Twitter. (Twitter)
ISSU We use ISSUU.com to embed publications in our web pages. Used to monitor access of ISSUU.com (ISSUU)

_bizo_bzid
_bizo_cksm
_bizo_np_stats

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

gclid

This is a unique tracking parameter that Google uses to transfer information between our Google Ads account and our Google Analytics account.

__hstc

The main Hubspot cookie for tracking visitors. It contains the domain, utk, initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session).
(Expires: 13 months) 

hubspotutk

This cookie is used to keep track of a visitor's identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when deduplicating contacts.
(Expires: 13 months

__hssc

This cookie keeps track of sessions. This is used to determine if HubSpot should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie. It contains the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp. 
(Expires: 30 min) 

__hssrc

Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie, this cookie is also set to determine if the visitor has restarted their browser. If this cookie does not exist when HubSpot manages cookies, it is considered a new session.
(Expires: end of session) 

messagesUtk

This cookie is used to recognize visitors who chat with you via the messages tool. If the visitor leaves your site before they're added as a contact, they will have this cookie associated with their browser. If you chat with a visitor who later returns to your site in the same cookied browser, the messages tool will load their conversation history.
(Expires: 13 months)

If you are logged in to HubSpot, HubSpot will set additional authentication cookies. Learn more about cookies set in the HubSpot product. You can also see whether a contact accepted these cookies in their timeline.

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 delete 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.

Find out more about cookies and get instructions on how to adjust your browser settings to accept, delete or reject cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.

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

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