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This website does not collect any identifiable personal information, unless you are invited to register/log on to specific sections, in which case we only collect the information you supply to enable you to use your account correctly. See our privacy policy for more information.

1. What are Cookies?

Cookies are small files which are placed on your computer as you browse the internet. They are used to enable websites to work more efficiently by remembering your activities and preferences on a site as you move through it and then using that stored information if you return at a later date. For example, if you look at a website to shop online, a cookie would store information on your computer to track what items you have looked at and then use this to produce a “recently viewed items” list as you browse. This list may then be used again when you return to the site.

Cookies can also be used by websites to help the website owners gather statistics on the use of their site or 'hits' on specific pages. This information is useful to site owners because they can use it to gauge the popularity or usefulness of a page and then adjust the content accordingly.

2. Northumbria University uses the following Cookies

First Party Cookies - These are our own cookies, controlled by us to assist browsers with their browsing history and to provide information to us about site usage.

Third Party Cookies - These are cookies loaded from a server external to the University by another organisation. The University has no control over these cookies.

List of First Party Cookies

Cookie Name



Session Cookies  Track browsing history to compile 'recently viewed' course lists When you close your browser, the session cookie disappears.
Persistent Cookies These are used to track returning visitors Expires after 12 months and enable us to compare website traffic from month to month

Cookies for monitoring site traffic

The University monitors how the site is viewed which enables us to monitor trends, improve content and provide relevant information to future site users. To monitor this we use Google Analytics.

Google Analytics Cookies

Provides anonymous statistical information about the use of the site.

Cookie Name   Description Expiration Time


Used to distinguish users.  2 years

Used to throttle request rate.

10 Minutes 

Full details on the cookies set by Google Analytics are published on the Google website.

Google also publishes a browser add-on to allow you to choose what information about your website visit is not sent to Google Analytics.

Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on

3. Third Party Cookies

Third party Cookies are cookies found on websites external to the University which we use to enhance our services (for example those used by university library systems) or to enhance our web profile (for example the University Facebook or Twitter accounts). These services manage and control their own cookies.

Northumbria University has a relationship with Hobsons Plc (Hobsons) where certain web pages and links accessible via Northumbria’s website are hosted by Hobsons. A list of the Cookies used by Hobsons for the processing of information on these pages can be found here

Library Systems

 System Name  Cookie Name  Purpose  Expires
Talis Library Catalogue  

Uses Session Cookies to retain "browsing history".

Disabling cookies will block this service. 

Deleted upon browser closure.

Disabling cookies will block this service. 

Deleted upon browser closure.
 Northumbria Research Link   Uses Session Cookies to retain "browsing history" when user logs on. Deleted upon browser closure.

Social media

To view and find out how to manage cookies on Twitter and Facebook please visit the privacy sections of these websites directly: Twitter and Facebook.

Links to external websites

This website contains links to other websites. Cookies placed on your machine by these websites are out of the University’s Control.

4. How to Manage Your Cookies

To find out how to manage what cookies you allow, see your browser's help section below or your mobile phone manual.

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Microsoft IE 9

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Apple Safari 5.0




5. Google Advertising Cookies

The website is enabled with Google Analytics Advertising features that include Google Display Network Impression Reporting, Demographics and Interest Reporting, Remarketing with Google Analytics and DoubleClick tracking.  If you would like to opt-out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features you can use Google Analytics' curently available opt-outs for the web.  Further information about Google uses cookies for advertising can be found here: 

How you can control advertising cookies

You can use Ads Settings to manage the Google ads that you see and opt out of interest-based ads. Even if you opt out of interest-based ads, you may still see ads based on factors such as your general location derived from your IP address, your browser type and recent, previous searches related to your current search.

You can also manage many companies’ cookies used for online advertising at the US-based choices  page or the EU-based Your Online Choices.

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