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Cookies

A cookie is a small text file which helps your web browser navigate through a particular website. The cookie can then be read back later by the web browser as required. The use of cookies is a convenient way of allowing a computer to remember specific information relating to a website which has been visited.

The information on this page is relevant to www.york.ac.uk. Some subdomains or apps provided by the ˿Ƶ may use other cookies. Please see the individual app's cookie policy for more information.

How cookies are used on our website

The cookies used on our website have a range of different purposes. Each cookie in the list will be labelled as one of the following:

  • Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
  • Functionality cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
  • Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
  • Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.

Necessary cookies

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Cookie

Information

cfid, cftoken

Used to identify a user's session in a ColdFusion app. See the for more details.

JSESSIONID

JSESSIONID is a platform session cookie and is used by sites with JavaServer Pages (JSP). The cookie is used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.

ROUTEID-deptbal-@@@, ROUTEID-lucee@@@, ROUTEID-tcbal-@@

These ensure session stickiness when forwarding requests to our backend app servers. Our app servers are clustered in pairs and we need to ensure requests are consistently sent to the same backend server.

rqf

Used to check whether the page has been quick -fixed

_shibstate_@@

Used to track RelayState when logging in to the Shib SP. Required as part of the login process. These are usually removed when the user completes login, but may be orphaned if the user starts the login process but doesn't complete it.

Cloudflare

We use Cloudflare to increase the performance and security of our website.

Formstack

We use Formstack to build online forms, which are embedded on some pages.

Functionality cookies 

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Cookie Name

Information

accordion-[ID]

Used to keep accordions open between web page visits

[country]-[accordion name]

Used on country-specific pages to keep accordions open between web page visits

cookie-banner-dismissed

Used to hide the cookie information banner if it has previously been dismissed

survey_dimissed_[ID]

Used to hide a survey popup if it has previously been dismissed

Google Maps

We embed maps from Google Maps on some pages.

Salesforce Chat

We use Salesforce Embedded Chat to provide online chat functionality on some pages.

Unibuddy

We use Unibuddy to provide online chat functionality on some pages.

YouTube

We embed videos from YouTube on some pages. In most cases these videos are embedded using privacy-enhanced mode and do not set any cookies, but some will use a standard YouTube embed.

  • - see ‘YouTube’ entries in the table

Statistic cookies

Crazy Egg

We use Crazy Egg to record details of interactions such as mouse clicks and scrolling on some pages.

  • - see cookies under ‘Cookies set by the Crazy Egg tracking script’ 
  •  - see ‘I don’t want to be tracked by Crazy Egg’

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track website visits.

  • - see ‘Google Analytics’ entries in the table 

Marketing cookies

Facebook (Meta)

We use a Meta pixel to show adverts to Meta users based on content they viewed on our website and to measure how effective our adverts are.

Google Ads

We use Google Ads to show adverts to Google users based on content they viewed on our website and to measure how effective our adverts are.

  • - see ‘Google Ads’ entries in the table

LinkedIn

We use a LinkedIn Insight Tag to show adverts to LinkedIn users based on content they viewed on our website and to measure how effective our adverts are.

  • - see ‘Cookies LinkedIn drops on third party sites’

Snapchat

We use a Snap Pixel to show adverts to Snapchat users based on content they viewed on our website and to measure how effective our adverts are.

TikTok

We use a TikTok Pixel to show adverts to TikTok users based on content they viewed on our website and to measure how effective our adverts are.

X (formerly Twitter)

We use an X Pixel to show adverts to X users based on content they viewed on our website and to measure how effective our adverts are.

How to manage cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. 

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