Cookies & Privacy


The Sites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the Sites and improve them. To support this, selected information about your interaction with the site is sent to Google for them to analyse on our behalf. For more information about Google Analytics see

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. Below are links to popular web browsers, and how to block cookies using them.

By using these Sites without disabling cookies, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

The only other cookies used by the Sites relate to login functionality for University Students and Staff.  These users consent to the use of cookies by logging into the Sites, as such functionality would not function without them.


The Faculty does not collect personally identifying information about individuals, except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals.

When you visit the Sites, you may provide us with two types of information:

(i) Personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis; and

(ii) Website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you browse our Sites.

The Sites automatically log certain information about every request made of them (see above for more details). This information is used for system administration, bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.

Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment in the University. Data may be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Data may incidentally be included in information passed to contractors and computer maintenance organisations working for the University, in which case it will be covered by appropriate non-disclosure agreements. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.

Logged data

The following data may automatically logged for each request:

(i) The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client;

(ii) The username, when known during authenticated (logged in) access to the site;

(iii) The date and time of connection;

(iv) The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested;

(v) The status code of the request (success or failure etc.);

(vi) The number of data bytes sent in response;

(vii) The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser; and

(viii) The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser.

Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes. In addition, the computers on which the web site is hosted keep records of attempts (authorised and unauthorised) to use them for purposes other than access to the web server. This data typically includes the date and time of the attempt, the service to which access was attempted, the name or network address of the computer making the connection, and may include details of what was done or was attempted to be done.

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, tel. 01223 332320, fax 01223 332332 E-mail:

The University is also Data Controller in respect of any personal data served as content by this site.