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Cookie Policy

To make our site work properly we sometimes place cookies on your device to enable the website to function better. This policy will explain which cookies we use and what they do.

Newcastle University

We have a range of cookies with different categories:-

  • Necessary Cookies –these are required to allow the website to perform properl; for example, they help support the structure of the pages that are displayed to you, allowing you to navigate through the website.
  • Statistics related Cookies -these are used to collect and report information on how you use the website; for example, whether it’s a first visit or a return visit to the website and how long you stay on the pages.
  • Marketing Cookies (Tracking and Social Media) – these are used to track visitors and allow third party tracking; for example, to track you and your browsing behaviours and recognise if you’ve come via our paid media adverts.

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)
__atuvclocuvc Used by the AddThis – a social sharing widget. Its main purpose is for functionality.

em_cdn_uid

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

PREF
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
YSC

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

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 provide users with the same version of an A/B test page they’ve seen before.
(Expires: end of session)
<id>_key This HubSpot cookie is used 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 HubSpot 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 HubSpot cookie is used to prevent the welcome message from appearing again for one day after it is dismissed. 
(Expires: 1 day) 
__hsmem This HubSpot cookie is set when users log in to a HubSpot-hosted site. 
(Expires: 1 year) 

Statistics Related Cookies

Cookie Purpose
_utma This Google Analytics cookie stores each user's amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. (Google Analytics)
_utmb
This Google Analytics cookie works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time a user spends on our website.
_utmc This Google Analytics cookie works with _utmb to calculate when the user closes the browser.
_utmz This Google Analytics cookie stores where you came from (eg search engine, search keyword, link). (Google Analytics)

_ga
_gid

This Google Analytics cookie is used to distinguish users. (Google Analytics)

_hjIncludedInSample

This HOTJAR cookie 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 This Facebook cookie is used to identify the session for tracking purposes. (Facebook)
fr This Facebook Advertising cookie used to deliver, measure, and improve the relevancy of adverts. (Facebook)
pid
guest_id
This Twitter cookie 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

The “Bizo” cookies belong to LinkedIn and are 3 separate cookies whose main purpose is to provide demographic data that is anonymous and not connected to any LinkedIn profile.

gclid

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

__hstc

This is the main HubSpot cookie for tracking users. 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 HubSpot cookie is used to keep track of a user’s identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when de-duplicating contacts. 
(Expires: 13 months

__hssc

This HubSpot cookie keeps track of sessions (a series of user’s interactions). This is used to determine if HubSpot should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc tracking cookie. It contains the domain, view count and session start timestamp.
(Expires: 30 min) 

__hssrc

Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie – see above, this cookie is also set to determine if the user 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 HubSpot cookie is used to recognise users who chat with via the messages tool. If the user leaves the website before they're added as a contact, they will have this cookie associated with their browser. If the user returns to the website in the same cookie browser, the messages tool will load their conversation history.
(Expires: 13 months)

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. You can usually find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. 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.

Google Analytics - 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.