A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site.

The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned."

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How to Manage Cookies

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of certain parts of the University of Aberdeen's website.

Most standard web browsers may be configured to refuse cookies: consult your browser's help pages for instructions on how to do this. You may wish to visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk which contains comprehensive information on how to manage cookies on a wide variety of browsers.

University of Aberdeen Cookies

General Purpose Cookies

The following cookies may be set by certain pages within our website as necessary.

Cookie Identifier Purpose Expires
32 alphanumeric characters PHP session ID
Used to maintain the security of your browsing session
When you close your browser
abdn_maps Used to store geolocation, if you have agreed to share that information 30 minutes
abdn_forms SimpleForms
Used to check that cookies are enabled so that the PHP session ID can be used without displaying it in the browser's URL
1 hour
abdn_session_cookie_check Intranet/standard SimpleCMS login
Used to check that cookies are enabled so that the PHP session ID can be used without displaying it in the browser's URL
1 hour
abdn_show_cookie_advisory Used to determine whether the cookie advisory notice has been displayed 1 year
UoAInfrastructure Used for balancing of the session to a specific server Immediately

Confidential Reporting Service

The following cookies are set set by the Confidential Reporting Service.

Cookie Identifier Purpose Expires
confidential_reporting_production_session Used to temporarily store data relating to the Confidential Reporting form After 30 minutes or when you close your browser

Clearing

The following cookies are set by the Clearing website.

Cookie Identifier Purpose Expires
abdn_clearing_session Used to temporarily remember your chosen country of choice in order to determine eligibility After 24 hours

Online Store

The following cookies are set set by the third-party company WPM Education for the operation of the University's Online Store.

Cookie Identifier Purpose Expires
ASPSESSIONIDCSBBRDCQ Session ID
Used to maintain the security of your browsing session
When you close your browser
WPM%5FStore Used to maintain the security of your browsing session Immediately
WPM%5FStore%5FSession Used to maintain the security of your browsing session Immediately

AURA

The following cookie is set when using the University's DSpace installation, the Aberdeen University Research Archive (AURA).

Cookie Identifier Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID Session ID
Used to maintain the security of your browsing session
When you close your browser

MyAberdeen

The following cookies are set when using MyAberdeen.

Cookie Identifier Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID Session ID
Used to maintain the security of your browsing session
When you close your browser
cookies_enabled Used to store cookie setting When you close your browser
NSC_301884.qspe1_wjq1.hspvq Used to maintain the security of your browsing session When you close your browser
s_session_id Used to maintain the security of your browsing session When you close your browser
session_id Used to maintain the security of your browsing session When you close your browser

Additionally, MyAberdeen may occasionally display reminders related to your course in pop-up windows, and uses a cookie to determine whether you have already seen a given reminder. An example would be the scefpopup cookie. All such cookies expire when you close your browser.

Third Party Cookies

The University of Aberdeen makes use of external services within its website. Examples of such services include YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and these external services may also place cookies on your device.

Details of how to opt out of receving cookies from the main third parties whose content we use are available below:

To opt out of receiving cookies from other services, we recommend reviewing your browser's cookie settings as noted above.

Other Cookies

The University of Aberdeen relies on statistics generated by your visits to our webpages to plan further improvements to our website. The cookies which are set in order to enable us to collate these statistics are not strictly necessary for the operation of our websites. Links are provided below which will enable you to opt out of receiving these cookies if you wish.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to generate reports on the number of visits to pages on our website, and the resulting statistics help us to plan improvements to our website. Google Analytics is also used by third party widgets implemented on our website.

Cookie Identifier Description Expires
_ga Random number 2 years
_gat 1 10 minutes

Google Maps

We use Google Maps to provide location information to users of our website.

Cookie Identifier Description Expires
NID Random letters and numbers 1 hour
PREF Random letters and numbers End of the year

Google Tag Manager

We use Google Tag Manager to manage Google Analytics and other tracking cookies which may be used for marketing purposes or evaluating the effectiveness of our website.

Cookie Identifier Description Expires
_dc_gtm_UA-209114-1 1 10 minutes

Hotjar

We use Hotjar to analyse online behaviour and improve user experience across our website.

Cookie Identifier Description Expires

_hjClosedSurveyInvites

This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.

1 Year

_hjDonePolls

This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.

1 Year

_hjMinimizedPolls

This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.

1 Year

_hjDoneTestersWidgets

This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.

1 Year

_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets

This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.

1 Year

_hjDoneSurveys

This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet.

1 Year

_hjIncludedInSample

This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.

1 Year

_hjShownFeedbackMessage

This cookie is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show.

1 Year

Siteimprove

Siteimprove Analytics is a web analytics service. It allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors and so see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way the website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.

Cookie Identifier Description Expires
nmstat

This cookie is used to help record visitors' use of the website. It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website. This Siteimprove Analytics cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognize the browser when a visitor reads a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.

1000 days
siteimproveses

This cookie is used purely to track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at during a visit to the site. This information can be used to create User Journeys and enable visitors to find relevant information more quickly.

At end of session
szcookiechoice This cookie is used to determine if the user has accepted or declined cookies. At end of session
sz-feedback-should-hide This cookie is used to hide/close a feedback widget for specific sessions (visits) on the Analytics Feedback feature. It is set when a user clicks a button in the feedback widget which indicates they don't wish to see the widget again. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics. It simply contains the text 'true' when it is set. At end of session
_cfduid This cookie is set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information. See: https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-CloudFlare-cfduid-cookie-do- Never

SoundCloud

SoundCloud provides a platform for sharing and promoting audio.

Cookie Identifier Description Expires
sc_anonymous_id Random number separated by hyphens 10 years
__qca Random letters and numbers 18 months
__utma Random number 2 years
__utmb Random number Immediately
__utmc Random number At end of session
__utmt 1 Immediately
__utmz Letters and numbers with referral string 6 months


Author: Web Team
Last reviewed: 23 May 2018
Last updated: 05 August 2019