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Information about our use of Cookies

In order to provide easy, useful, and reliable services with our visitors we sometimes place small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone that it will then retain and remember for the next time you visit us. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally, they are only temporarily linked to your device.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from AllAboutCookies.org.

Our use of cookies

The list provided on these pages lists the cookies that are set by the Cardiff University website and the third-party services we use.

Sub-Domains and Related domains.

Cookies set by Cardiff University and third party cookies set on our sites may exist on the following domains:

  • cardiff.ac.uk
  • cf.ac.uk
  • caerdydd.ac.uk

as well as sub-domains of the above; for example, 'events.cardiff.ac.uk'

The list provided here lists all of the cookies that are set by our website and where possible the third-party services we use.

Cookies for improving service (third party cookies)

In order to understand what you want to use and to ensure that the website is available when you want it, Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage.

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

Cookies for sharing links to our website (third party cookies)

Sharing links to our website with others is made easier through the use of Twitter and Facebook Like Button services. These third-party services place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. To view and find out how to manage these cookies you can visit these websites directly: Twitter and Facebook.

Name Typical Content Third Party Expires
pid   Twitter 2 years
k   Twitter 7 days
guest_id   Twitter 2 years
datr   Facebook 2 years
lsd   Facebook when you close your browser
reg_ext_ref   Facebook when you close your browser
reg_fb_gate   Facebook when you close your browser
reg_fb_ref   Facebook when you close your browser

Additional Third Party Cookies

The cookies listed below may be utilised by individual Schools or Divisions of the University for the improvement of services and should not contain personal identifying information.

Name Typical Content Third Party Expires
khcookie These cookies are used by Google to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps on them. Google When you close the browser
NID Google 6 months
SNID Google 6 months
PREF Google 2 years
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Random string Youtube 240 days
PREF Youtube preferences including the version number of Flash plugin installed for your browser - e.g. fv=10.1.102 Youtube 10 years

 

Other Non-Essential Cookies (first party cookies)

Name Typical Content Site Expires
cu-homepage-tabselect The name of the selected tab e.g. 'postgraduate' cardiff.ac.uk and caerdydd.ac.uk 1 year
cf_aztab numerical value (0-29) cardiff.ac.uk/az/ when you close the browser
style 'Light on dark' or 'Dark on light' - stylesheet preference cardiff.ac.uk/learning 1 year
has_js 1 or 0 business.cardiff.ac.uk when you close the browser
hash random string earth.cardiff 40 days
97af62efbc9ab49a
3fe910b7fbd82f08
random string Engin when you close the browser
a9b4a98fc2e75763
4a054e96c83c09db
random string Engin when you close the browser
4b91de63119da440
606f48d0a91280a7
random string Engin when you close the browser
SESS39fd744c556a
296317d1d8d9c1302fc7
random string concerts.cardiff 3 weeks
jfcookie[lang] 'en' or 'cy' walesdeanery.org 1 day
RokMicroNews Content selection to be displayed walesdeanery.org 30 days
f7a0641cb1249cfd
deb0acfea145265c
random string walesdeanery.org when you close the browser

Cookies not listed above

Cookies set from our domains but not listed above can be reported to us at web@cardiff.ac.uk

Essential Cookies (first party cookies)

These cookies are essential for the operation of the Cardiff University website. They are set upon your arrival to our website and deleted when you close or quit your web browser. These cookies will be recreated the next time you load one of our web pages provided that you simply deleted the cookies by closing your web browser and not blocking them by managing your cookie settings.

Name Typical Content Expires Notes
JSESSIONID randomly generated number when you close your browser
ASP.NET_SessionId randomly generated number when you close your browser
NSC_vojxfc-hspvq randomly generated number 2 minutes
tg_session randomly generated string when you close your browser Necessary to use the jobs site
tg_session_30011_5460 randomly generated string when you close your browser Necessary to use the jobs site

Cookie and Privacy Information for Blackboard Learn

Additional Cookies

Cookies may be set by individual web services operated by the University and are strictly necessary for the operation of those services for the benefit of our Staff and/or Students.

Mobile Applications

Mobile applications/websites produced by Cardiff University may also use Google Analytics cookies to help us improve their performance.

  • m.cardiff.ac.uk
  • ps.cardiff.ac.uk
Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months
Site Data — Application Cache

The application may store information, graphics and scripts locally on your device to save bandwidth and to improve the performance of the app. This may be referred to in your cookie management control panel as 'Application Cache'. Deleting this information will force the application to re-load the data when it is next opened, some settings and information stored in this data will also be removed.

Managing Cookies

To manage individual cookies or to enable blocking of cookies please refer to the documentation for your browser.

Cardiff University is not responsible for the content of external websites and these links are provided for your convenience

Any changes to this policy and additions to the list of cookies will be made on these pages.

Cardiff University reserves the right to make changes to these policy documents without notice.

If you have any queries about these cookies or would like more information about them, please email the web support team at web@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Last Updated: 09.01.2013