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Most websites use cookies in order to improve user experience by enabling the website to ‘remember’ the user, either for the duration of their visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies are used by the University to collect information for the purposes of managing and improving the services on the University Network, establishing browsing actions and patterns and preparing customised pages. Staff and students at the University of Southampton should be aware that some internal systems, e.g. Banner and My View require the use of cookies to function fully.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on a computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to a web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like user preferences.

Types of cookies used

Most cookies encountered when browsing the University of Southampton web sites are considered 'third party' cookies. This simply means the web site has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Facebook or Google Maps which sets the cookie. Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not the University of Southampton, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.

The most common type of cookie used on our web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular.

Specific information about the cookies on University of Southampton web sites are contained in our cookie register. In addition, some of our websites may carry cookies specific to that service. Information about these will be contained on the individual website.

Cookie register

Below are some of the most common cookies found on the University of Southampton’s web sites. We update this page on an ongoing basis. Additional lists of cookies may also exist on individual websites for cookies that are specific to that service. Staff and students at the University of Southampton should be aware that some internal systems, e.g. Banner and My View require the use of cookies to function fully.

Google Analytics

Most web pages contain a Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of a visit, the type of browser used, approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led to University of Southampton's web site. That information is aggregated and used by University of Southampton to identify usage trends on our site and to make decisions about which content or presentation styles are most effective.
Find information about opting out of browsing behaviour being shared with Google Analytics by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on


Some University of Southampton sites contain a simple button/icon linked to their corresponding Facebook page, which does not set a cookie. However, other sites use Facebook features (such as the ‘Like’ button) which do store information which is retrieved and used by Facebook, such as IP address, approximate location, browser type, the URL visited, whether logged into Facebook, and Facebook user ID. Visit Facebook and privacy for more details.
Facebook uses this information for a number of its own features and services, as well as measuring the effectiveness of advertising. For full details visit Facebook and privacy, how to use.


YouTube uses cookies to build video statistics, prevent fraud, and improve the site experience. YouTube is now owned by Google. For more information about Google’s privacy policies, visit Google policies and privacy page.


This site uses the ClickTale web analytics service. ClickTale may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity as well as text you type in this website. This site does not use ClickTale to collect any personally identifiable information entered in this website. ClickTale does not track your browsing habits across web sites which do not use ClickTale services. For more information see the Privacy Policy for Information Collected by the ClickTale Web Analytics Service. We are using the information collected by ClickTale service to improve our websites. You can choose to disable the Service at Disabling Clicktale on Your Computer

Google Maps

Some of our pages have Google Maps embedded in them. Google may use cookies here to store user preferences or the last location selected. Cookies are set to expire between 6 months and two years. For more information about Google's privacy policies, visit Google's privacy policies page


Many web pages will have an 'AddThis' widget, which allows visitors to bookmark or share the web address via a social media site (e.g. Twitter, Delicious, etc.). AddThis do collect some non-identifiable information about users (such as which site visitors are coming from, the browser used, and general geographic location). AddThis will also use cookies to get information about visitors to tailor advertising content. For more information, visit AddThis privacy.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

In order to not receive cookies, you can modify the browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. Please note that disabling cookies can affect your online experience of the site.

You can restrict or block web browser cookies set on your device through editing your browser settings; the browser Help function gives full instructions. Alternatively, you can visit About cookies, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.