Cookie statement

Cookie statement

This statement explains how we use cookies on the University of Oxford Social Science Division’s website, For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit this website, and how this 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 in to enable you to move around the websites and use their features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as registering for an account, cannot be provided. 
  • 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 websites and to aid us in investigating problems raised by visitors. 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 'like' and 'share' buttons and advertisements. We use targeting cookies to 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 

Specific cookies we use 

Cookies may be set either by the University of Oxford Social Science Division’s website (‘first party cookies’), or by a third party website (‘third party cookies’). The lists 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 

  1. webauth_at is a secure cookie used to keep you logged in, it will be deleted when you close your browser 
  2. serverid is also used to keep you logged in, it will be deleted when you close your browser 
  3. isEditBarHidden records the position of editing tools on the page, it is set to expire in three years from the last time you edited the website. 


Third Party Cookies 

Provider Cookie name Purpose Further information
Google maps




These cookies are used by Google to track how many people are using their maps Overview of Google privacy



YouTube may still set cookies on the user's computer once the visitor clicks on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. 


Changes to our Cookie Statement 

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


Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent by email to or addressed to the Divisional Office, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford OX1 2BQ.