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Strictly necessary cookies

These essential cookies are set across the University of Edinburgh's web service.

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the University website delivers you information and services securely and optimally.

You must accept these cookies to be able to make use of our online systems.

Session ID

Wikipedia page about Session IDs

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID, PHPSESSIONID, ASPSESSIONID, etc 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.

 

Load balancer

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
NSC_xxx.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.

 

Prospectus ordering system

 Actinic eCommerce software

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
ACTINIC_REFERRER, ACTINIC_CART, CART_CONTENT, ACTINIC_BUSINESS The website address that referred you to the prospectus ordering system, and details about your account and the items in your shopping cart.

The University’s prospectus ordering system uses Actinic eCommerce software. Cookies are used on this shopping site to keep track of the contents of your shopping cart, to store delivery addresses if the address book is used and to store your details if you select the 'Remember Me' Option. They are also used after you have logged on as part of that process. If you turn off cookies, you will be unable to place orders or benefit from the other features that use cookies.

Data collected by this site is used to:

a. Take and fulfil customer orders.

b. Administer and enhance the site and service. c. Only disclose information to third-parties for goods delivery purposes.

The cookies are deleted 3 hours after you leave the prospectus ordering page.

 

Javascript check

Name Data stored Purpose Expires
has_js A binary value of 1 (true) or 0 (false). This cookie helps the website understand if the browser javascript functionality is enabled or not, so as to proceed accordingly. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.

 

Additional cookies

Some areas of the University (typically those publishing websites under a subdomain - www.something.ed.ac.uk - and those offering secure services) may use additional cookies.

Details of these cookies and information about how you can block them are detailed on each site. Look for a link at the foot of each page labelled ‘Privacy and cookies’.