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 (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: (Cambridge Festival) (Open Cambridge)

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, with third parties. Below is more detail about the cookies we use, what they record 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 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
uoc_cookie_choices University of Cambridge Remembers the cookie choices that you have made on your device for 366 days. Once this cookie expires, you will be asked to reconfirm your choices. 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. Our site will not load Google Analytics' cookies if you have the ‘Do not track’ setting enabled in your browser.

Name Used by Description 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. 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 type of cookie, we will not set these cookies on your device and you may not be able to use the functionality described.

Name Used by Description More information
University of Cambridge
Qualtrics (experience research service)
We use Qualtrics to ask users questions about 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. Qualtric's browser compatibility and cookies notice
cean experimentation_subject_id
University of Cambridge
Crazy Egg (experience research service)
We use the Crazy Egg website optimisation tool to assess whether our website is working well and to test new ideas for parts that may not currently be effective for you, our users. Where a test is running, these cookies store experiment details, user session information and A/B page variant rules. This information is anonymised before we analyse browsing behaviour. Crazy Egg's privacy policy

Social marketing preferences

Social marketing preference cookies on our site connect to third-party providers such as Disqus, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. These cookies will be set when you take an action, such as using the ‘Share’ button on our site, browsing an embedded ‘magazine’ 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, when you pass onto their site. Unless you opt-in to receive this type of cookie or interact with the embedded content, we will not set these cookies on your device and you may not be able to use the functionality described.

Name Used by Description More information
Instagram Inc, part of 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. You can identify it by the small thumbnail of the magazine's cover. When you open a page containing the embedded Issuu reader, Issuu and Quantcast set initial cookies ('_qca', ‘cref’ and 'iutk'). When you click or tap the embedded reader, an additional cookie ('mc') is set. 'iutk' helps Issuu improve the services it provides to its users. The purpose of the other cookies is to enable web publishers and advertisers to select audiences that are appropriate for their products or services. 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
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, part of 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 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: 03 August 2022