- To retain user preferences,
- To collect web site usage information via Google Analytics.
An example of this is language preference which can be set by the user so that the University homepage in Welsh or English depending on their choice (see Site Preferences page). Once specified a cookie is retained by the web browser so that, on the next visit to the web site, the homepage will be served in the correct language.
User preference cookies are not used to collect any personal information such as a user’s name or email address.
What type of information is collected?
The data collected relates to each specific visit to the web site. The information gathered includes the duration of the visit, the path taken between pages, the type of computer that is being used and the approximate location of the visitor.
Google Analytics does not collect any personal information such as a user’s name or email address.
How is the data used?
Data collected by Google Analytics In order to develop and improve the quality of the central Aberystwyth University web site*, web site, usage data is collected and analysed. Some of this data is collected by the web server (the computer that holds the web site) and some is collected using cookies that are sent to the web browser of each web site visitor.
You can choose not to accept cookies and still use the central Aberystwyth University web site, but some non-essential functionality will be lost. For example, user preferences will not be retained if cookies are disabled.
The documentation for your web browser (usually accessible from the ‘Help’ menu) will provide you with instructions on how to manage cookies, but you can also find out more from the following Information Services web pages;
On the central Aberystwyth University web site it is also possible to set up your preferences to reject those cookies used to collect detailed web site usage data. To do this visits the Site Preferences page.
* Web pages on the central Aberystwyth University web site can be distinguished by URLs that start with http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ or http://www.aber.ac.uk/cy/. The only exception to this is the language choice page which has the URL http://www.aber.ac.uk/