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Cookie policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website.  This enables the University to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to take steps to improve our website.  By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. 

The following may also be of interest:

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or hard drive of your computer if you agree.  Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. 

What cookies does the Aston University website use?

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies – these are required for the operation of our website.  These include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or use a shopping cart. 
  • Analytical/performance cookies – these allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and see how visitors move around our website when they are browsing.  This helps us improve the way in which our website works, for example, by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily. 

The table below includes the types of cookies we use and the purposes for which they are used:

Cookie Name  Purpose  Further information
 Essential site cookie  ASP.NetSessionId This cookie is essential for the operation of our website.  This is a unique user ID which is given to every user to help the website maintain session information.  This cookie is deleted as soon as you leave the University website.
 Not applicable
 Non-essential Site cookie  Not applicable  This cookie is used to provide us with information on the pages you visit on our website.  This information helps us provide off-site digital advertising to provide you with information which may interest you.   Not applicable
 Cookies set by intranet sites used by Aston staff and students  Not applicable Intranet sites use cookies to ensure that parts of the site are password protected and are only used by staff and students.  These cookies are essential for this operation. 
Not applicable
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Google Analytics is a tool which uses cookies to provide us with information on how many people use the University website.  This information helps us analyse the performance of the website so we are able to make improvements. 

Google Analytics privacy overview
YouTube cookies (Videos)     
  Not applicable     The University embeds videos from its official YouTube channels using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode.  This may set cookies on your computer once you click on YouTube’s video player.  YouTube does not store personally identifiable cookie information for playbacks and embedded videos using its privacy-enhanced mode. 
YouTube's privacy enhanced mode for embedded videos
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These cookies are created by Twitter. In this case they are present because a Twitter widget or button is being used on the Aston website. Twitter's privacy policy

 

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.  However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.