Cookie and Privacy Policy

Cookie and similar technologies policy

This statement explains how we use cookies on the ScHARR’s hosted web pages (i.e. those in This is adapted from the main University of Sheffield policy and ScHARR’s hosted webpages policy supersedes and supplement this cookie statement.

For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the website, and how this information will be used, please see the University of Sheffield 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 to allow cookies to be set. 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.


The site also uses both 1st-party and 3rd-party cookies; third-party cookies may be used exclusively to anonymously relate advertising interactions across the web with activity on the website. We do not knowingly associate targeting or analytics cookies with personal information.


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


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.
  • analytics 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, to help understand the impact of advertising on website usage 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 but do not collect or use information that identifies a visitor. 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. To opt out of targeting visit


Specific cookies we use

Cookies may be set either by the (“first party cookies”), or by a third party website (“third party cookies”). The tables 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

Cookie name Expiration time Description
wp-settings-time The website, running WordPress, also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies, which apply if you log into the website. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
wp-settings WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
eucookielaw Cookie that indicates the acceptance or otherwise of site cookies.  Used by WordPress plug in.
tk_ai Stores a randomly-generated anonymous ID. This is only used within the admin area and is used for general analytics tracking.
wordpress_test_cookie WordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.
_drip_client_6994213 The “_drip_client_6994213” cookie is issued by WP Smush Pro and checks if the pro version is being used on backend.
PHPSESSID To identify your unique session on the website
itsec-hb-l Used by the
iThemes Security Plugin. Assigns an alphanumeric number to make the entry address to the panel private.


Provider Purpose Further info
Google Analytics This collects information about how visitors use the website, to be able to compile reports and make improvements to better meet our users’ needs. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics data and privacy information

Opt out add-on for Google Analytics


Third party cookies and related technologies

Provider Purpose Further info
Doubleclick (Google company) DoubleClick allows the advertising network to identify users across multiple sessions purely for advertising purposes.

This technology may be used to target ads based on user behaviour, report on advertising campaign performance, and to control how often certain ads are seen by users.

DoubleClick (Google): What is it and what does it do? – The Guardian

Opt out option

RadiumOne RadiumOne provides the link shortening service. They also make use of cookies to record information about the website or content you have chosen to share.

This information is used to identify the interests of users who share Post links and users who click on these links in order to deliver targeted advertising.

RadiumOne – use of cookies (see sections B and C)

RadiumOne – terms and conditions

How to refuse RadiumOne advertising cookies

YouTube YouTube uses cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics and prevent fraud.

We embed some videos on our site from our official YouTube channel; when we do this, we aim to use the privacy-enhanced mode which means YouTube will not set a cookie unless a user clicks to play the video. YouTube cookies contain the count of views of embedded videos.

YouTube privacy enhanced mode information
Twitter We use Twitter to display relevant feeds on our site to enhance our content. Twitter widget data such as page visit and browser information is held within the cookie.

Twitter also uses logged in status information and may tailor content to improve your experience. This may include targeted advertising via cookies and information to help track conversion activity.

How Twitter for Websites widgets respect users’ privacy

Our use of cookies and similar technologies

Twitter privacy policy

Hotjar Hotjar is an analysis and feedback tool that reveals the online behaviour and feedback of website visitors.

Examples of the type of information collected include, but is not limited to, pages visited, how pages are used and interacted with, type of device and browser used and the country you are in. Hotjar uses cookies to collect non-personal information.

To opt out disable cookies from within your browser and remove them from your storage media

Hotjar privacy information and opt out option

Facebook and Facebook pixel We use Facebook to display relevant feeds on our site to enhance our content. Facebook cookies indicate logged in status information to show relevant and social information for the social plugins and services.

We use cookies to help facebook show ads and to make recommendations based on products or services or information from the University that may be of interest to you.

You can control whether you see online interest-based ads from Facebook in your settings


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


You can also write to:


University Data Protection Officer

The University Secretary’s Office

Edgar Allen House

241 Glossop Road


S10 2GW