Privacy and Cookies

The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) respects the privacy of users of its website. This Privacy Policy applies to any UWE website from which it is linked.

Information you supply

As you use this website, you may be asked to provide personal information by entering it on a web page, and submitting it to the University by clicking a button or link (this includes discussion boards and feedback forms). Generally, this information will be requested to help us provide a service. However, whenever you enter such information on a web page, the University has legal obligations to you about the ways in which it may use and store the data you provide. We will treat that data in accordance with current legislation and aim to follow best Internet practice. The data will not be supplied to anyone outside the University without your consent unless required by law, and when stored in a database, this will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information we gather

When you access a web page, information about your usage is automatically collected. This will usually include your operating system, browser, IP Address (a number, assigned to your computer to identify it on the network), the pages which you browse, the referring page that led you to the current page, your software and aspects of its configuration. This information is available to web service administrators. Some of this information is also automatically included in feedback e-mails sent from the Embark website, but does not represent the passing of any additional information to us (and is used to help us resolve any technical issues related to your use of the site).

You are not personally identifiable as an individual from such information alone. However, the University of the West of England, Bristol may be legally obliged to release this information to appropriate authorities.

Personal disclosures

Please be aware that information you share via e-mail, discussion forums, or web pages could be distributed or used in ways you did not intend. For example, if you disclose your mobile phone number in an online discussion board, another user could copy that phone number and distribute it to others outside the discussion board without your permission. Similarly, if you use a discussion forum to relate a personal experience to fellow staff or students expecting it to remain confidential, it could be copied and distributed to others outside your intended audience. Therefore, please exercise caution in sharing via web pages information you would not wish to be made public.

Users under 16

If you are aged 16 or under, you should not enter personal information on our web pages without the approval of a parent or guardian.


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used to make websites work or work more efficiently. For example, they may be required to keep you logged in to a service, or to remember your choice of accessibility settings. A cookie will typically contain a record of the website which issued it, its own name, and a value which is often a randomly generated unique number.

The cookie will also have a “lifetime”, which tells your browser when to delete it. Cookies can be “session cookies” or “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary and should be deleted by your browser when you quit. Persistent cookies can remain on your hard drive indefinitely (how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie) and may continue to be accessed via your browser.

Can I turn off cookies?

You can manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies. You may also be able to view the cookies already in your system. This will depend on your browser, please consult the appropriate website for your browser.

However, please note that cookies are essential to the effective functioning of some of the services we offer online. If you disable cookies, a number of important functions and services will be unavailable to you and our websites may not operate correctly in your browser.

Which type of cookie does UWE use?

Where UWE uses cookies on this website they will be session cookies with the following exceptions: Web Metrics; and where part of the UWE website other than the above has a particular need to set a persistent cookie and you are provided an opportunity to refuse it.

ICC categories

For those familiar with the ICC categories of cookies, we use:

  • Category 1, “Strictly Necessary Cookies” to maintain service levels across servers (“load balancing”), to maintain security of access where the user has logged in, and where a programming language issues cookies as a fundamental requirement of delivery.
  • Category 2, “Performance Cookies” for anonymous analysis of our web pages, to help us understand how people use them and how we can improve them. This analysis is always anonymous.
  • Category 3 “Functionality Cookies” to deliver specific requested functionality, such as display options to support accessibility. Your consent is sought before these cookies are issued.

UWE does not use Category 4, “Targeting Cookies” unless you are advised on the page.

UWE cookies and personal information

We do not use cookies to store personal information about you, and will make no attempt to identify you through use of cookies, except on UWE systems which require the user to “log in” by entering a username and/or password.

Web metrics

To maintain and improve the quality of our website we use the Google Analytics to record how audiences use the website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to measure use of websites.

If you visited the Embark website by following a Google Adwords link, Google will have set a cookie to confirm that you have used their service.  The Embark website will support confirmation that the Adword has been used.

Website cookies

New rules from the Government were introduced at the end of May 2012 regarding the use of cookies on websites.

Here is a list of cookies that we use on the Embark website. If you object to us automatically storing any of this data, please adjust your browser settings or clear your cache history following a visit to this site.

In common with most information-giving websites such as this, none of the data collected from your visit is used by us for any purpose other than to make subsequent visits by you quicker and easier.

Cookies in use

catAccCookies – This cookie is set by the UK cookie consent plugin to record that you accept that the site uses cookies. It is a functionality cookie.

frm_form[id]_[hash] – This cookie is used by the contact forms. It is a functionality cookie.

wordfence_verifiedHuman – Used by Wordfence to protect the site against malicious attacks. This is a strictly necessary cookie.

Google Analytics Cookies

We use a programme called Google Analytics, which in turn uses cookies to help us find out how many people visit our site, which pages and parts are most popular, how long people spend in each area and what information people are searching for. All this insight helps us to understand how we can improve our site.

You can find out more about Google Analytics cookie usage on the Google Developers website.

_utma – This cookie saves information about total number of visits to the site, the time of the first visit, previous visit and current visit. Analytical cookie. Lifespan of 2 years.

_utmb – This cookie is used to record information about what happened during the current visit or session, including the ability to tell when a session ends. Analytical cookie.

_utmc – This session cookie expires at the end of the current session/visit. Strictly necessary cookie and performance cookie.

_utmz – This performance cookie saves information relating to how a user arrived at a site, the channel through which you came, date/time info and what keywords you used if you arrived via a search engine. Performance cookie.

Share This cookies

We use Share This to enable you to bookmark or refer to content on our site using social channels.

Find out more about Share This cookies on the Share This website.