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Cookie Policy - Undergraduate Study Web Site


This policy explains the cookies that may be set as a result of your visiting the University's Undergraduate Study web site - URLs starting You will need to consult the appropriate information on other sites for information on their policies.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but within your web browser you can choose to accept or decline cookies for any web site. You can usually modify your browser settings to decline all cookies if you prefer, or accept or decline on a case-by-case basis. The Information Commissioner's Office Advice for Members of the Public tells you how to control cookies. Bear in mind that disabling cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of websites.


The cookies used on this site are there to:

  1. Measure how you use the website so we can improve it - Google Analytics
  2. Improve user experience - YouTube embeded videos.
  3. Allow social bookmarking - AddThis sociall bookmarking.

Cookies used on this site do not collect personal information.

Google Analytics

This site runs Google Analytics, which uses four cookies for tracking visitors to the site.

  • These cookies store information about what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page.
  • No data specific to any identifiable user is retained, and we do not share our data with any other Google services.
  • With the values gained from these cookies Google Analytics can interpret journeys through our website content, give us information about how people use our site and so present an opportunity to improve it.
  • Due to shortcomings in Google Analytics the cookies for are returned to any web site in We believe that the Google Analytics code on these other sites will ignore these extra cookies.
  • Google Analytics information about privacy and cookies may be found at and
  • As a user you may opt out of the process Google Analytics uses to collect traffic log data (should your web browser be compatible). Google provides a browser add-on that enables a user to opt out of receiving Google Analytics cookies -
  • All data collected by this method is anonymous, and a visitor’s IP address is not reported to Google. All Google Analytics cookies start with 'utm'.


Cookie Returned to Function Duration
__utma Google Analytics Persistent for 2 years
__utmb Google Analytics Persistent for 30 minutes
__utmc Google Analytics Current browsing session
__utmz Google Analytics Persistent for 6 months
B Yahoo uses cookies to track usage of photo galleries embedded from Flickr and to find out where you are based to serve up photos from the most geographically local server. Current browsing session
YouTube This cookie is set by YouTube and is a 3rd party cookie served by the domain It may be set when a visitor to this website clicks the ‘Share’ button on an embedded YouTube video. This cookie may be used by YouTube to store session preferences that relate to your activity when watching the embedded videos. These cookies don’t gather information that identifies a user.

You can find out more about YouTube’s position on privacy at:
365 Days

Addthis social bookmarking

_atuvc The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users. 2 years

Other cookies

The following sections of are run by the Office of External Affairs and Communications and from time to time will set cookies on your computer additional to those listed above (if you give consent):

  • (Research)
  • (News)
  • (The Cambridge Science Festival)
  • (Open Cambridge)
  • (The Festival of Ideas)

A list of the cookies that may be set are on the page

If you disable cookies or opt out of receiving them from these sections of the site you will lose the ability to comment on articles.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to and from third-party sites. This policy only covers use of cookies on this site. You should consult privacy and cookie policies on third-party sites before you submit and personal data. The University of Cambridge is not responsible for any cookies that may be set by third party websites that are linked to from pages on

Access to personal data

For the purpose of the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the 'Data Controller' for the processing of data collected by this site is the University of Cambridge, and the point of contact for subject access requests is the University Data Protection Officer (The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN, T 01223 332320; F 01223 332332; E