Cookie policy

This page should be read as an extension of the University's Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.

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 web site 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 web site 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 Bristol use?

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

Cookie Register

A list of cookies used by UWE Bristol can be found on the following pages:

Cookie categories

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.

Preference 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.

UWE Bristol 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 Bristol systems which require the user to "log in" by entering a username and/or password.


Blackboard is the University's Virtual Learning Environment. You can only access Blackboard if you have a UWE userID and password. At this University, Blackboard uses persistent cookies when you access the service, but deletes them when you log out. All users are encouraged to log out when they have finished using any system to which they have logged in. In Blackboard, the use of cookies is necessary to identify individual users and thus to ensure that their personal data within the system is handled in a secure manner, ie by ensuring that only they can access materials associated with their user profile. As such storage is strictly necessary for the provision of an information society service in the context of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations (See further Regulation 6(4)(b)).

Web metrics

To maintain and improve the quality of our website we use the web metrics services listed below:

  • Google Analytics
  • Google Adwords
  • Hotjar.

Please see our third-party cookie information for more details.


Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to this website. Any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.

You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to, you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by changing cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

Remarketing cookies will expire 12 months from the time that the cookie is set or updated (whichever is the later).

What happens if I switch off UWE Bristol cookies?

Cookies are essential to the effective functioning of our websites. If you disable cookies, a number of important functions and services will be unavailable to you and our websites will not operate correctly in your browser.

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