IT Services



Cookie Statement




This statement explains how we use cookies on the University Computing Services (OUCS) web pages (i.e. those in www.oucs.ox.ac.uk).

For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the website, and how this information will be used, please see our Privacy Policy.

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1. How we use cookies

Most of our web pages use "cookies". A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our website.



1.1. Types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies:

strictly necessary cookies
these are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, like online application forms, cannot be provided;
performance cookies
these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the website works; and
functionality cookies
these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, these cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of the web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.


1.2. Specific cookies we use

Cookies may be set either by the OUCS website ("first party cookies"), or by a third party website ("third party cookies"). The tables below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.

However, we continue to collect information about third-party cookies and the tables below are based on the work completed to date. Accordingly, we may update the information contained in this section from time to time.

Table 1. First Party Cookies
Cookie Name Purpose Further information
Google Analytics _utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Overview of Google Analytics privacy  
Table 2. Third Party Cookies
Provider Name Purpose Further information
Google Maps NID
PREF
khcookie
These cookies are used by Google to track how many people are using their maps. Overview of Google privacy


2. Your cookie preferences

We set one cookie to record your preference for whether you are tracked by Google Analytics; it stores no personal information, only a simple 'true' or 'false'. The controls below show the current setting and allow you to change your preference:



3. Further information

For web managers within Oxford University: New Cookie Regulations – Frequently Asked Questions

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout



4. Changes to our Cookie Statement

Any changes we may make to our Cookie Statement in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you.



5. Contact

Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent by email to webmaster@oucs.ox.ac.uk or addressed to Head of Information and Support Group, University of Oxford Computing Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN.