The core pages of are managed by the University's Office of External Affairs and Communications and from time to time will set cookies on your computer (if you give consent). The core pages mostly begin and include: (Research) (News) (About the University) (Cambridge Science Festival) (Open Cambridge) (Cambridge Festival of Ideas) (Cambridge Zero)

Cookies are small text files that sit on your computer and record specific interactions between you and this website, and in some cases, other websites. This information is shared within the University of Cambridge, and in limited cases, third parties. Below is more detail about the cookies we use, what they record and with whom the information is shared. You are free to disable cookies.

Functionality lost by disabling cookies / not giving consent

If you disable cookies or do not opt-in to receive them from these sections of our site, some functionality will not be available to you. For example, you will not be able to:

  • comment on articles using Disqus
  • use the on-page 'Share' functionality
  • use the Issuu on-screen magazine reading experience

Cookies set by

Name Used by Description More information
has_js University of Cambridge This cookie checks to see whether your system has JavaScript turned on or off. It expires as soon as your web session on our site ends. Privacy policy for the University's core website
X-Mapping-iejmlgke University of Cambridge This cookie is used to route data and page requests correctly. It is associated with the Stingray Traffic Manager platform from Riverbed. This cookie expires as soon as your web session on our site ends. Riverbed's privacy policy
_cfduid Cloudflare
(web connection security service)

Crazy Egg
(website reporting and testing service)
Used to establish the security of a connection with an individual device. It is used to establish a secure connection to the Crazy Egg website testing tool, allowing us to see where visitors are experiencing navigation problems so that we can fix them. This cookie does not correspond to any user ID and does not store personally identifiable information. Cloudflare’s privacy policy
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. Our core site complies with 'Do not track' requests and will not load Google Analytics' cookies if you have this setting enabled in your browser. Google’s privacy policy


Qualtrics We use Qualtrics to ask users questions about who they are and what they want to do with our website. We use these answers to improve how we build and develop it. Your IP address is collected and any answers you give to the questions we ask. Qualtric's browser compatibility and cookies

Cookies set by third-party websites

The cookies below are only set when additional features are present on pages, such as embedded video, commenting or sharing tools. Your browser settings usually allow you to block third-party cookies should you choose to do so. If you disable these cookies or do not opt-in to receive them from these sections of our site, some functionality will not be available to you. You will not be able to:

  • comment on articles using Disqus
  • use the on-page 'Share' functionality
  • use the Issuu on-screen magazine reading experience
Name Used by Description More information
Disqus Inc
(comment service)
Zeta Interactive Corp
We use the Disqus commenting system on some of our pages to let you leave comments and engage in discussions around the subjects on our site. If you use the Disqus network to comment on an article, Disqus will set cookies to allow you to log in to their community and share your comments. Disqus shares web browsing data with its parent company, Zeta Global. It also shares usage data with third-party partners, unless you choose to opt-out. Disqus' privacy policy
Instagram Inc (Facebook Inc) Photography from the University's official Instagram account may appear on selected web pages. Where an Instagram post does feature on our website, Instagram uses cookies to: show you related and relevant content, improve your experience, and help protect Instagram and its users. Instagram’s privacy policy
Issuu Inc
Quantcast Corp
Issuu is a 'magazine-like' digital reading service. We use it on selected pages to allow you to read content from printed publications on-screen and you can identify it by the small thumbnail of the magazine's cover. When you open a page containing the embedded Issuu reader, Issuu sets two initial cookies ('_qca' and 'iutk'). When you click or tap the embedded reader, an additional cookie ('mc') is set. The purpose of '_qca' and 'mc' is to enable web publishers and advertisers to select audiences that are appropriate for their products or services. The purpose of 'iutk' is to help Issuu improve the services it provides to its users. Issuu’s privacy policy
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. ShareThis’ privacy notice
Plus others
Twitter Inc Embedded Twitter feeds may appear on selected web pages. Where a feed is present, Twitter uses both session cookies and persistent cookies to understand how you interact with its services, to monitor aggregate usage patterns, and to personalise and otherwise operate its services. Its use of cookies is also for the provision of account security, personalisation of the content it shows you including advertisements, and to remember your language preferences. Twitter’s privacy notice
YouTube LLC (Google Inc) YouTube embedded video may appear on selected web pages. Where it is present, Google uses cookies: to deliver the service (YouTube), to ensure that its services are working as intended, and to make improvements to its services. Google’s privacy policy

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.


Internet Explorer

Google Chrome


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