Cookie use

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Edinburgh Napier University’s use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website by collecting standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. Our internal website for staff also uses cookies.

We use the following types of cookies:

Essential cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytical cookies. These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This information helps us make our website work more efficiently.

The information we collect using cookies does not identify anyone. No attempt is made to ascertain the identities of those visiting our website and we will not associate any information gathered from our website with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website we will make it clear when we collect this information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

The table below explains the cookies we use and for what purpose:

Cookie NameCookie CategoryDescriptionDuration
wordpress_2WordPress cookie for a logged in user.session
wordpress_logged_in_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_cookie2WordPress test cookiesession
wp-settings-1Wordpress 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. 1 year
wp-settings-time-2Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[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. 1 year
PHPSESSID1To identify your unique session on the websitesession
SESS1To ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.session
__utma2This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase.permanent
__utmb2__utmb is a Google Analytics cookie. It takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site.session
__utmc2__utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site.30 mins
__utmz2Keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website. This cookie is how Google Analytics knows to whom and to what source / medium / keyword to assign the credit for a Goal Conversion or an Ecommerce Transaction. 6 months

YouTube cookies

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. Find out more about YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode.

Third party cookies

We have no control over cookies used by third parties such as Google Analytics or YouTube. If you are concerned about cookies used by third parties please visit All About Cookies to see how to control cookie usage.