Terms of Use statement for the University's website

Terms of Website Use

These terms of use (together with the documents referred to on it) set out the terms for use of the University of Cambridge website http://www.cam.ac.uk/ and its subdirectories and subdomains ('our / the site') and applies to all users of and visitors to the site ('you'). Please read these terms of use carefully before you begin to use the site. By using the site, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from accessing, using and/or contributing to the site.

These terms of use may be amended at any time. Revised terms of use take effect immediately from the time they are published and continued use of the site will be deemed acceptance of updated or amended terms.

Information about us

The site is operated by the University of Cambridge (the 'University' or 'we' or 'us') whose registered address is The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, United Kingdom CB2 1TN.


Information we collect (privacy policy)

Access to Information (data protection policy)

Accessing our site

Access to the site is permitted on a temporary basis and the University reserves the right to withdraw or amend the services provided on the site without notice. The University will not be liable if for any reason the site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

The University may restrict access to users to some parts of the site or to the entire site for technical, administrative or legal reasons.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of the University's security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential and you must not disclose it to any third party. The University has the right to disable any identification code or password whether chosen by you or allocated by the University at any time if in the University's opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the site. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the site through your internet connection are aware of these terms and that they comply with them.

You may use the site only for lawful purposes. You must not use the site:

  • In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation
  • In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect
  • For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material that does not comply with Content Standards (see below)
  • To transmit or procure the sending of any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam)
  • To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses or any other computer code, programs or files designed to destroy, interrupt or limit the functionality of any computer, computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.

Use of the site by staff and students of the University of Cambridge is also subject to the University's policies and guidelines for computer use at http://www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/policies/.

Intellectual property rights

The University is the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in the site and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

Material prepared for the primary purpose of providing information about the University of Cambridge, its teaching and research activities, its subsidiary companies and organisations with which it is associated or affiliated has been placed on the site by the University ('University Material').

Subject to statutory allowances, extracts of material from the site may be accessed, downloaded and printed for your personal and non-commercial use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to material posted on the site.

The University's status and that of any identified contributors as the authors of material on the site must always be acknowledged.

You may not modify the paper or digital copies of any material printed off or downloaded in any way and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

You must not use any part of the material on the site for direct or indirect commercial purposes or advantage without obtaining a licence to do so from the University or its licensors. By seeking a licence from the University to reproduce University Material for commercial or other uses beyond that permitted above, the University can ensure that individuals and organisations have access to the most up-to-date material.

If you print, copy or download any part of the site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use the site will cease immediately and you must at the option of the University return or destroy any copies of the material you have made.

Nothing contained in the site shall be taken, construed or considered as a grant of licence or right to use the trademarks of the University of Cambridge or that of any third party displayed on the site without the prior written permission of the respective owner/s.

Making contributions to our site

In submitting a contribution to the site:

1. You grant to the University a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free licence to copy, reproduce, broadcast, transmit, display and perform by all means all or part of your contribution on the site for the entire period of copyright in your contribution and all renewals, extensions or revivals thereof; and

2. You warrant that:

  • Your contribution is your own original work or you have a licence from the author/s or copyright owner/s of the work granting the University use of the work on the terms of the foregoing licence granted by you; and
  • You will comply with the Content Standards (below); and
  • Your contribution does not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any person or organisation, which includes your having obtained sufficient rights (by written permission/licence or consents as appropriate) for the University to exercise the foregoing licence granted by you -
    1. from rights holders of third party copyright materials that you may have included in your contribution in whole or in part, e.g. others' literary works, photographs or other artistic works, dramatic works, musical works, sound recordings, films or broadcasts, and/or that others' materials are used in your contribution under statutory (legislative) exemption such as fair dealing for the purposes of criticism or review, and
    2. from all identifiable persons in any images or video/film and/or sound recordings that you may have included in your contribution (including parental/legal guardian consent for those under 16 and for those who are vulnerable adults).

Contributions or material submitted by University of Cambridge staff and students (and others as prescribed) is also subject to the Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge, specifically Ordinances, Chapter XIII Finance and Property, Intellectual Property Rights, pp. 955-962: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/so/.

Content Standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to the site ('contributions') and to any interactive services or features associated with it, such as blogs, chatrooms, bulletin boards and wikis.

Contributions must:

  • Be accurate (where they state facts)
  • Be genuinely held (where they state opinions)
  • Comply with applicable law in the UK and the law of the country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

  • Contain any material that is likely to offend, provoke or attack other contributors to or users of the site
  • Contain any material that is defamatory of any person
  • Contain any material that is obscene, offensive, abusive or hateful
  • Promote sexually explicit material
  • Promote violence or contain a statement or describe or encourage activities that could endanger the safety or well-being of others
  • Promote discrimination of the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, or nationality
  • Infringe any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or organisation
  • Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act or illegal activity
  • Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence
  • Be threatening, harass, abuse or invade another's privacy or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any person
  • Be used to impersonate any person or to misrepresent the contributor's identity or affiliation with any person or organisation
  • Contain any material that contains viruses or any other computer code, programs or files designed to destroy, interrupt or limit the functionality of any computer, computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.

The University reserves the right to review, edit or remove without warning any contribution that in its sole discretion breaches these Content Standards and to take further action, including legal action, as the University reasonably feels necessary or is required by law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and to the fullest extent permitted by law, the University accepts no responsibility or liability to any third party for the content or accuracy of any material posted by any user of the site.

Limitation of liability

University Material is provided on an 'AS IS' and 'AS AVAILABLE' basis. To the extent permitted by law, the University excludes any representations or any warranties (whether express or implied by law), including the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness of a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

Unless material is part of University Material, or unless stated otherwise, the site may contain advice, opinions, statements or other information by various authors or organisations. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement or other information is at your risk and to the extent permitted by law the University disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such information by any user of the site or by anyone who may be informed of such information.

Where the site contains links to other websites and resources provided by third parties, those links are provided for information only. The University has no control over the contents of those sites or resources and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

In no event shall the University be liable to any party for any of the following losses or damages (whether such losses be foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise): loss of data, loss of revenue or anticipated profits, loss of business, loss of opportunity, loss of goodwill or injury to reputation, loss suffered by third parties, any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential loss or damages arising out of use of the site or reliance on any material or services provided in the site or accessed through it, whether or not amended by third parties and regardless of form of action.

Nothing in these terms of use is intended to exclude the University's liability for death or personal injury caused by the University's proven negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation.


These terms of use and all questions of construction, interpretation, validity and performance under these terms including non-contractual disputes or claims shall be governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


Nothing in these terms of use is intended to nor shall it confer any benefit on a third party whether under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.

The University's failure or delay to exercise or enforce any right in these terms of use does not waive the University's right to enforce that right.

If any of these terms of use should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any country in which these terms of use are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within that jurisdiction in which that term of use is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms of use and the remaining terms of use shall survive and remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

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