The core pages of will set cookies on your device (either because they are necessary to make the site work and keep it secure, or if you give your consent). The core pages mostly begin but also include:

Cookies are small text files that sit on your computer, phone or tablet. This information is collected by the University of Cambridge to record and store information about how you use and the University’s other core pages. Information is shared within the University of Cambridge, and in limited cases, with our third-party providers. Below is more detail about the cookies we use, what they record, how you may choose which cookies you’re happy for us to use and with whom the information is shared.

List of cookies

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies maintain the security of our website’s connection to you. They also make our site work. They always need to be on.

Name Used by Description Duration More information
has_js University of Cambridge Checks to see whether your system has JavaScript turned on or off. Expires when your web session on our site ends. Privacy policy for the University's core website
X-Mapping-* University of Cambridge Used to route data and page requests correctly. This cookie is associated with the Stingray Traffic Manager platform from Riverbed. Expires when your web session on our site ends. Riverbed's privacy policy
CONSENT Google LLC (YouTube video service) We embed videos from our official YouTube channel on selected web pages using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. Where we do, this cookie is used to check your cookie consent settings. 2 years Google’s privacy policy
University of Cambridge Remember the cookie choices that you have made on your device. Once these cookies expire or when you change devices, you will be asked to reconfirm your choices. 366 days Privacy policy for the University's core website
user-id University of Cambridge
Squiz Group (Funnelback search service)
When you use our site search, this cookie identifies your device to our search engine’s servers to establish a secure connection. It does not contain information by which we can identify you. Expires when your web session on our site ends Privacy policy for the University's core website

Site usage measurement cookies

As a university, our focus is on learning. Site usage measurement cookies allow us to analyse anonymised navigation patterns, to learn how people use our website and to make it better for our users.

Name Used by Description Duration More information
University of Cambridge
Google Inc
(Google Analytics service)
We use Google Analytics to understand how users are navigating our website, see how often content we publish is used and to test changes to improve the user experience. Your IP address is anonymised. 2 years Google’s privacy policy

Personalisation settings

Personalisation setting cookies allow you to tailor your experience on our website. Unless you opt-in to receive this category of cookie, we will not set these cookies on your device.

Name Used by Description Duration More information
University of Cambridge
Qualtrics LLC (experience research service)
We use Qualtrics to ask users questions about what they want to do on our website. We use these answers to improve how we build and develop it. Your IP address is collected, and any answers you give. Up to 90 days Qualtric's browser compatibility and cookies notice

Social marketing preferences

Social marketing preference cookies on our site connect to our third-party providers, such as ShareThis and YouTube. These cookies will be set when you take an action, such as using the ‘Share’ button on our site or watching an embedded video. Data will be passed back to the third-party provider, allowing that organisation to record how you use their service on our site and show you relevant content, including advertising. Unless you opt-in to receive this category of cookie or interact with these features, we will not set these cookies on your device.

Name Used by Description Duration More information
ShareThis Inc ShareThis provides the 'Share' functionality on our news articles. The cookies whose names begin with an underscore are set when you view a page containing this functionality. If you use the service by sharing a link using the buttons, the ServiceHistory and STPC cookies are set. Device ID and IP address are collected as information via technical cookies, pixel tags and browser identifiers. Up to 13 months ShareThis’ privacy notice
Google LLC (YouTube video service) We use YouTube embedded videos on selected web pages. Where we do this, Google uses cookies: to deliver the YouTube service and track your interactions with embedded content, to remember your video player preferences when using embedded video, and to make improvements to its services. The cookies do not directly identify individual users and YouTube will not store information to personalise your experience unless you are logged in to a Google account. Up to 180 days, except yt-remote-connected-devices and yt-remote-device-id, which are persistent Google’s privacy policy and YouTube's terms of service


How to disable cookies

Your web browser will have an option you may select that will block cookies. Below are links to information about popular web browsers and how to block cookies using them.


Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge


Other web browsers – see the Information Commissioner's Office's website

Page last updated: 27 October 2023