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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 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 Universities UK uses personal information collected via this website. By submitting your personal information to this website, you are confirming that you have read and understood Universities UK ’s privacy statement and that we may use your personal information described in it. Universities UK 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 Universities UK , 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.

Universities UK 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, including 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

Universities UK 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. 


If you signup for our newsletter, there may cookies set by MailChimp (the newsletter service we use) containing anonymous, non personally-identifiable information to identify if you signed correctly and how you use MailChimp. We do not control these cookies. MailC​himp privacy terms


We may use YouTube to host video content. When you view a web page on our site with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least four cookies:
  • use_hitbox,
  • PREF
  • GEO

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics first party cookies via a piece of JavaScript code which we have added to every page of our website to track it these are:

  • __utma Cookie
  • __utmb Cookie
  • __utmc Cookie
  • __utmz Cookie
  • __utmv Cookie

Google Analytics privacy overview

Google maps

Used to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps on them.


We may use the Twitter “Follow Button” plugin to help us market our business using Twitter. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our website and uses this information to present either a “Follow” or “You Follow” message with various other details from Twitter. Cookies we use are:

  • __utma
  • __utmb
  • __utmc
  • __utmv
  • _twitter_sess
  • guest_id
  • original_referer
  • k
  • pid

If a visitor accesses our Website when not logged into Twitter, and a further cookie if accessed while logged on to Twitter. We use the plugin as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy. Twitter privacy policy


We only use Facebook for campaign​, for their usage of cookies and their Facebook privacy policy


Part of the ShareThis sharing button functionality. Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis to ShareThis. ShareThis includes a link in their pop-up box which allows users to specify "Do not track" which deletes cookies as required.  ShareThis privacy policy

Most of our cookies expire within 30 days, although our analytics cookies may persist for 2 years.

How to reject or delete these cookies 

Further information on how to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer can be found on All about cookies website 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 Universities UK has to follow a strict confidentiality procedure and privacy standards.

8. Links

This website contains links to other websites that are not controlled by Universities UK . This privacy policy applies only to www.universitiesuk.ac.uk.

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 Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ.