Our use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The table below shows the cookies that are used across Birkbeck's public web sites. On our public-facing pages we do not use any cookies that are essential for those pages to operate. You can use various tools to block those cookies if you wish, including adjusting your browser settings or using browser add-ons (such as the Privacy Dashboard Firefox Add-on).

We do not store any data relating to the personal identity of general site visitors in cookies.  We do offer to Birkbeck students and staff the option of recording some personal data in cookies on our Library web site to enable access certain electronic resources, but there is a non-cookie alternative available. We also offer Birkbeck staff the opportunity to store personal details in a cookie for ease of use in our room bookings facility, and to students and staff in relation to our study skills booking system. Both of these are opt-in schemes.

We use Google Analytics to gather information concerning the way in which visitors use our web sites and the pages that they view, to help inform the future development of our sites.  No personal information can be tracked in this way.

From time to time we make use of the Google Adwords Remarketing service, and Google DoubleClick, both of which place cookies on your computer and will increase the likelihood of you seeing more adverts from Birkbeck on other web sites that you visit.  We cannot proactively reach out to you via this method, as the whole process is entirely anonymised. Here is what Google themselves say about this:

Google uses... cookies for advertising we serve outside of Google. Our main advertising cookie is called ‘id’ and it is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net. We use others with names such as _drt_, FLC, NID and exchange_uid... In the case of our DoubleClick product, a cookie called ‘__gads’ may be set on the domain of the site you are visiting.

You can opt out of tailored Google ads and/or the DoubleClick cookie using the links shown at the bottom of this page.


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This cookie is set when you visit any of our pages being served from our content management system.  It is used to help our server to handle your requests in the most efficient way and is deleted when you quit your browser.
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