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Use of cookies on the Warwick web site

1. What is a cookie?

Most web sites use cookies to remember information about you and your preferences, either for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits. A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a web site, and that web site can then retrieve the contents of that cookie.

If we didn't use cookies, our web site would think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site. For example, if you were to enter your login details and then move to another page, our site wouldn't be able to remember that you'd previously signed in.

Cookies may be set by the web site you are visiting ('first party cookies') or by other web sites which provide content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').

2. What cookies does Warwick's web site use?

Necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the operation of our web site, for example those that determine whether you're signed in and who you are.

Cookie name Cookie purpose Cookie duration
WarwickSSO This cookie allows you to sign in to the University of Warwick web site

If you choose "Until I close my browser" - until you close your browser

If you choose "All day" - 12 hours

If you choose "Three months" - three months

If you choose "Indefinitely until I sign out" - indefinitely

In all cases, the cookie is removed if you choose to sign out.

TrackAccess This cookie remembers that you have consented to page tracking on pages that prompt you for it, if you choose to only consent until you close your browser Until you close your browser
SitebuilderPassword This cookie allows you to view password-protected web pages Until you close your browser

Preference cookies

These cookies store your user preferences in order to improve your experience on the Warwick website. While they aren't strictly necessary, you may have to re-enter your preferences every time if they are disabled.

Cookie name Cookie purpose Cookie duration
SitebuilderShowTextOnlyRendition This cookie remembers your preference for viewing the full version or the text-only version of web pages Until you close your browser
HideDeletedComments This cookie remembers your preference to hide deleted comments on web pages you edit One year

Performance cookies

These cookies allow us to track the performance and usage of the Warwick web site with anonymised "statistics". We use cookies to track your route around the Warwick web site and use the statistics that these create to tailor the web site's performance.

Cookie name Cookie purpose Cookie duration
_utm* These cookies allow us to gather analytics using Google Analytics Various; up to two years

We also sometimes embed photos and video content from third party web sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. As a result, when you visit one of our pages containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these web sites. We don't control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party's web site for more information.

Some web sites also use cookies to help them target their advertising or marketing messages, based for example on your location or your browsing habits. We don't use any cookies in that way.

We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

3. What to do if you don't want cookies to be set

If you don’t want web sites to store cookies on your computer, tablet or phone, you can modify your browser so that it asks for your permission when a web site wants to set a cookie, or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, the site contains comprehensive information on how to remove cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

For Google Analytics cookies, Google provide a tool which allows you to specify that you don't want to accept their cookies, not just for our site, but for all sites which use Google Analytics. You can obtain the Google Analytics opt-out tool here.