Privacy and cookies

If you continue to browse and use this website you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy statement govern the Universities UK relationship with you in relation to this website.

1. Introduction

Your privacy is important to us. Universities UK (UUK) is committed to safeguarding the personal information you provide to us and to protecting your privacy. The purpose of this privacy statement is to assist you in understanding how UUK uses personal information collected via this website. By submitting your personal information to this website, you are confirming that you have read and understood UUK’s privacy statement and that we may use your personal information described in it. UUK reserves the right to modify or update this privacy statement at any time without prior notice. Any modifications will apply to all information collected by UUK, including previously collected information.

2. The information we collect

You do not have to provide any personal information in order to browse this website. We will collect personal information about you when you subscribe to services on our website that require you to enter your personal details in order to create a user name and password. Your personal information is used to enable us to verify you are a subscriber and to deliver the online services to you.

In addition to your personal information, when you use our website, we may collect tracking information such as your browser type, the type of operating system you use, the name of your internet service provider and pages visited on the site.

UUK obtains this information by using technologies, including cookies, to increase the functionality and user-friendliness of our website and to better tailor our website to your needs. For example, we may want to know how long the average visitor spends on our website or which pages get the most attention. Information such as this will only be used in aggregate form and does not identify you personally.

3. How your information is used

We collect information on our website visitors for a variety of purposes, incouding to reply to your enquiries more efficiently through the services we provide. We also use information in aggregate form (your individual details cannot be identified) to audit usage of the site.

Any personal information you give us will be stored so that we can provide you with a more personalised service. We will only use this data to identify you.

Information that you supply in connection with the provision of a product or service, or a job application will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act.

4. How we share information with third parties

UUK does not sell or pass on your personal information to others.

5. Use of cookies

When you visit our website, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a 'cookie' or similar file and can help us in many ways. For example, cookies allow us to tailor a website to better match your interests and preferences. With most internet browsers you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.

Originator Name Purpose Expires
Google Analytics __utma Used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site over a period of time. 2 years
Google Analytics __utmb
Used to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes. If it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created. 30 minutes
Google Analytics __utmc
Used in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date. It determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site. When you close your browser
Google Analytics __utmz
Used to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website.6 months
You Tube VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Used to store user preferences when viewing pages containing video content. 8 months
YouTube GEO Used to store user preferences when viewing pages containing video content. When you close your browser
Policy Review TV PHPSESSID Used to store preferences when viewing pages containing Policy Review TV video content. When you close your browser
Google maps PREF Used to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps on them. 2 years
UUK blog comment_author,
When you comment on our blog a cookie is stored to save you logging in again when you want to comment again. So you can see the comments who made that are awaiting moderation. These three cookies store this information. 1 year
UUK blog subscribe_checkbox Stores your preference about whether you want to be notified of further comments on the article. 1 year
Twitter _twitter_sess, guest_id, k, pid Used on UUK blog posts which have a 'share this on Twitter' button. When you close your browser
1 month
1 week
AddThis __atuvc, uid, uvc, di Used to count of shares after submitting an article, tracks user logins to the AddThis Service, used by AddThis to measure frequency of visits by user, manage expiry of other AddThis Cookies. 2 years
AddThis psc, loc

Record user sharing, uses a geolocation to show where users are sharing links.

90 days
AddThis dt

Manages expiry of other AddThis Cookies.

1 month
AddThis uit Tracks user logins to the AddThis 1 day

How to reject or delete these cookies

Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on under the 'manage cookies' section.

6. Your rights

You have the right to ask us at any time not to contact you, or to change your preferred methods of contact for marketing purposes.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you (for which we may charge a small fee) and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected.

7. Protection of your personal data

We are committed to keeping your information as secure as possible. We also use additional methods to secure sensitive information about your activities with us. Every employee that works for UUK has to follow a strict confidentiality procedure and privacy standards.

8. Links

This website contains links to other websites that are not controlled by UUK. This privacy policy applies only to

9. Withdrawing your permission

You may, at any time, withdraw your permission for UUK to use your personal information for the purposes of sending you information about products or services. You can do this by writing to Jeremy Holmes, Chief Operating Officer, Universities UK, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ.

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