Use of cookies on the University website

When you visit some pages on this website, your computer may be issued with a small file - a 'cookie'. A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on the hard drive of your computer. The information the cookie contains is set by the server (this website) and it can be used by that server whenever you visit this website. The server uses cookies to recognise your browser session if you visit multiple pages during your interaction with this website.

You can set your browser to refuse cookies or warn you before accepting them. However, some parts of this website may not function properly without accepting cookies. gives some helpful information about how to adjust your browser settings in relation to cookies.

Session cookies

The University website will primarily set session cookies. Session cookies allow websites to remember information from page to page so the user does not have to input that information more than once. The prime example of when session cookies are used is during a purchase from an internet shop – a session cookie would be used to remember what the user had put in their basket so that it would be carried through to checkout.

Session cookies will normally be deleted by your browser when the browser is closed.

Analytic cookies

Some parts of this website use Google Analytics (see section two of the Privacy and Cookie Policy) which also place cookies on your computer. The information generated by these cookies about your use of this website will be transmitted to and stored by Google.

The University will not use the statistical analytics tools to track or to collect personally identifiable information of visitors to this website. The University will not associate any data gathered with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the statistical analytics tools.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics cookies to hold information about your visit to our site. This helps us better identify the use and popularity of our services and how successfully the website is functioning.

If you do not wish us to do this, you can opt out of the Analytics service by installing an extension for your browser. Alternatively you can delete/restrict the cookies as for any other cookie.

Hotjar analytics

We use Hotjar to help us understand how users navigate around individual pages on our website and to create surveys to gather user feedback. Find more information on cookies and data privacy from the Hotjar website.

Remarketing cookies

Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to this website. This  allows us to reach people who previously visited the University of Bristol website, and match the right people with the right message. Remarketing cookies will expire 2 years from the time that the cookie is set or updated (whichever is the later).

Any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.

Opting out of remarketing

  • Google - you can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page
  • Facebook - see how Facebook decides which ads to show and how you can control the ads you see

You can opt out of cookie-based advertisements from both organisations - and others - by visiting Your online choices and switching off behavioural advertising from a large number of companies.

External web services

When you visit you may notice some cookies that are not related to the University. We use a number of external web services on the University site, mostly to display content within our web pages. For example, to display videos we use YouTube.

We also use a number of Google services, including Calendar and Maps. This is not an exhaustive or complete list of the services we use, or might use in the future, when embedding content, but these are the most common.

As with the social buttons, we cannot prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on your usage of this embedded content. If you are not logged in to these external services then they will not know who you are but are likely to gather anonymous usage information eg number of views, plays, loads etc.

Social buttons

On many of the site's web pages you will see ‘social buttons'. These enable users to share or bookmark web pages. There are buttons for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, scripts from domains outside the University are used. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about your internet browsing, including on the University's site. So, if you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information. In some cases, if you are logged into their services, these sites will be registering the fact that you are visiting the University's website, and the specific pages you are on, even if you don't click on the button.

You should check the respective privacy and cookie policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

Further information

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