What is a 'cookie'
In the context of websites, a cookie is a small piece of information that is placed on the user's device in the form of a text file if your browser preferences allow it. Cookies are used to tell a website when the user has returned and can be used to make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier.
They can also be used to see how users interact with websites enabling them to be developed to reflect user preferences or provide a personalised experience.
Some cookies are used for authentication purposes, for example they may verify the user and carry out other essential security checks to enable the user to use the website as expected.
Cookies allow Loughborough University to make our websites more useful by tailoring the services that the University offers.
They allow our users to perform the services they require and assist us in providing a better website experience for our users.
A cookie in no way gives Loughborough University access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share.
How can I restrict or block cookies?
We encourage you to accept the cookies we serve. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies, although you may not be able to access all of the features on the Website.
More information about how you can do this can be found at allaboutcookies.org.
We use Google Analytics to create reports on the performance of our website and patterns of use. If you do not wish us to do this, you can opt out of the Analytics service by installing an add-on for your browser.
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Page last updated: May 25, 2012