Strictly necessary cookies
Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the University website delivers you information and services securely and optimally.
You must accept these essential cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.
|_uoeCookiePrefs||True or false cookie retention preferences.||The cookie preferences are stored to retain visitor choices in the main cookie banner. This means that the main cookie banner can be minimised on future visits, and so that analytics and advertising cookies are not set for visitors who opt out of this tracking.||One year|
|JSESSIONID||A random unique number or string of letters and numbers.||A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.||The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.|
|Takes the format of NSC_xxx.fe.bd.vl. Most likely to be NSC_tubhjoh.vxt.jt.fe.bd.vl||A random unique number or string of letters and numbers.||The University uses more than one server to provide web pages. When you visit the website, you are assigned to one of several servers. This cookie is required to track which server you are communicating with in order to present a consistent user experience and remember information about the data you have entered. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.||The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.|
University website surveys
|_uoeSurveyStatus||No data stored. The survey application just looks for the presence of a cookie or not.||To check if website visitors have completed the survey before. This is to stop the user experience of the site being degraded by offering the survey multiple times.||3 months|
University Media Hopper service
It stores an identifier for the current session. This is a completely random string of letters and numbers.
The purpose is to be able to identify the session and know if a website visitor is logged in to the system.
|It expires after the current session is over|
Consent cookie preferences for 3rd party services
|ed_accept_cookies||These cookies store information in text strings, i.e. youtube00, vimeo, y||These cookies store information regarding user consent on loading specific features which then set third party cookies e.g. YouTube videos. This consent is requested on the first time the user loads a page which uses a relevant feature. It is then stored for reference during future visits to the University of Edinburgh website.||All cookies expire 4 years after they 're set for the first time|
These are essential cookies, used by the Google reCAPTCHA service used in our forms to stop submissions from spammers.
Unique ID used to remember preferences and also sometimes to customize ads
|Various but tend to be approximately 6 months|
|unique ID||Used by Google for cookie consent settings||20 years|
|_ga, _gat||A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site.||Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. IP addresses, which can be used to identify an individual user, are anonymised by Google Analytics. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the University website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.||The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.|
University login for protected content
When viewing content that has been password protected cookies are set by the University login system in order for this process to work.
|Google analytics: _ga, _gid||Google analytics - records visitor numbers and demographics||Google analytics cookies record visitor numbers and demographics in the aggregate.||Google analytics - _ga expires after 2 years, _gid expires after 24 hours|
|optimizelyBuckets, optimizelySegments, optimizelyEndUserId||Optimizely cookies - random strings of numbers or letters||Optimizely is split testing software that can serve different pages to audiences for testing purposes.||Optimizely is split testing software that can serve different pages to audiences for testing purposes.|
|cfduit||random strings of numbers or letters||Set by the Cloudflare service. It is used to improve site speed and performance and does not record any personal information.||6 months|
|utmmedium, utmTrackIID, utmcampaign||UTM tagging of listings||UTM tags help advertisers monitor the performance of their listings/adverts on the internet. When enabled these cookies are used to tell Google Analytics for the destination website (in this case ed.ac.uk) which PhD listing the visitor has come from. Data used in the aggregate.||The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.|
|ServerID||Sets a number identifying a web server.||Used to manage users’ sessions and balance website load to ensure that website performance is optimal.||The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.|
|FauVisitorId||Random string of numbers or letters||The FauVisitorId is used to store user preferences and navigation during a session.||session only|
|FauUserInfo||stores users country and city E.G. ctry=GB&city=Edinburgh||FauUserInfo data is not used by PhD Connect and the cookie is overwritten on any new session on FindAPhD or FindAMasters where users may be shown different content depending on their location.||1 year|
|ServerID||Sets a number identifying a web server.||ServerID is used to manage users’ sessions and balance website load to ensure that website performance is optimal.||session only|
|Emailed||Records if an email enquiry has been sent||Records if a phd project email enquiry has been already sent this week by that user (used to prevent advertisers being spammed by a single user)||7 days|
|EmailedDetails||stores previous email details||Stores previous email details to speed up future email enquiries.||24 hours|