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This statement explains how we use cookies on this website.

For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit this website and how the information will be used, please see our Privacy Policy.

How we use cookies

All of our web pages use cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and enables us to improve our website.

Types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies:

  • strictly necessary cookies - these are essential to enable you to move around the websites and use the site features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as logging in, cannot be provided.
  • analytical/performance cookies - these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We use this information to improve our website. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.
  • functionality cookies - these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide more personal features. For instance, a functional cookie can be used to remember the volume level you prefer to use when watching videos on our websites. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • targeting cookies - these cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They collect information about your browsing habits. Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as YouTube. Targeting cookies send third parties information on your visit so that they can make their advertising more relevant to you when you visit their websites.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

Specific cookies we use

Cookies may be set either by the www.medsci.ox.ac.uk website (first party cookies), or by a third party website (third party cookies). The tables below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.

However, we continue to collect information about third-party cookies and the tables below are based on the work completed to date. Accordingly, we may update the information contained in this section from time to time. Additionally, some cookies may be set from time to time by feeds from third party websites that we make available on our sites.

First Party Cookies

Provider: www.medsci.ox.ac.uk

Cookie name

Purpose

ANONSERVERID

This is used to identify which server should process browser requests for anonymous users e.g., app-anon-1.haiku.fry=c4

AUTHSERVERID

This is used to identify which server should process browser requests for authorised users e.g., app-auth-1.haiku.fry=c1

cookielaw_cookies_are_enabled

This is used to store confirmation that the Cookie Policy banner has been read

_shibsession_XXX

This is used when an authenticated user successfully logs into the website with a supported protocol, a cookie specific to that user's session is set and used to associate the rest of that session's requests back to the user's login information.

haiku.notifications

This is used to store the IDs of notifications that anonymous users have read and dismissed. The purpose is to not show users the same notifications again. Rarely used.

Provider: Google Analytics

Cookie name

Purpose

Further information

_ga, _gid

These are Google Analytics cookies. They store the client ID and are used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier and to calculate visitor and session data. The difference is _ga expiration time is 2 years and for _gid it is 24h

https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/gtagjs/cookie-usage
_gat, _gat_haiku These are Google Analytics cookies and are used to monitor and track visitors' behaviour on the site anonymously. Expiration time 1m https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/gtagjs/cookie-usage
_gat_gtag_UA_XXX Google Analytics cookie to distinguish unique users. https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/gtagjs/cookie-usage

Third Party Cookies

 Provider: YouTube

Cookie name

Purpose

Further information

test_cookie This cookie is set by doubleclick.net. The purpose of the cookie is to determine if the users' browser supports cookies. http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/  http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/ 
IDE Used by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile. http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/  http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/ 
GPS This cookie is set by YouTube and registers a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/  http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/ 
YSC This cookies is set by YouTube and is used to track the views of embedded videos. http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/  http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/ 
PREF This cookie is set by YouTube. Used to store user preferences like language or any other customizations for YouTube Videos embedded in different sites. http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/  http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/ 
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE This cookie is set by YouTube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website. http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/  http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/ 

Changes to our Cookie Statement

Any changes we may make to our Cookie Statement in the future will be posted on this page.

Contact

Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent to:

The Website Editor
Medical Sciences Office
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headington
OXFORD
OX3 9DU

E-mail: communications@medsci.ox.ac.uk