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Oxford Robotics Institute Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

This statement explains how we use cookies on the Oxford Robotics Institute websites (e.g. Please note, however, that most units of the University run and maintain their own websites within the domain (these will be identified as or, and these sites may have their own Cookie Policy or provide additional information relating to their activities, which will supersede or supplement this Cookie Policy. For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the Oxford Robotics Institute websites, and how this information will be used, please see our Privacy Policy.

How we use cookies

This website uses “cookies”. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device, if you agree. These files allow us to distinguish you from other users of the site, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse the site, and enables us to improve it.

Types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies:

  • strictly necessary cookies – these are essential in to enable you to move around the websites and use their features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as registering for an account, cannot be provided.
  • performance cookies – these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We use this information to improve our websites and to aid us in investigating problems raised by visitors. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.
  • functionality cookies – these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide more personal features. For instance, a functional cookie can be used to remember the volume level you prefer to use when watching videos on our websites. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • targeting cookies – these cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They collect information about your browsing habits. Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons and advertisements. We use targeting cookies to send third parties information on your visit so that they can make their advertising more relevant to you when you visit their websites.


“Session cookies” expire when the browsing session ends; “persistent cookies” last for a pre-determined period of time.

Managing Cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them please visit

Specific cookies we use

Cookies may be set either by (“First Party Cookies“) or by a third party website (“Third Party Cookies“). The lists below identify the cookies we use, and explain the purposes for which they are used.

However, we continue to collect information about third-party cookies and the tables below are based on the work completed to date. Accordingly, we may update the information contained in this section from time to time. Additionally, some cookies may be set from time to time by feeds from third party websites that we make available on our sites.

First Party Cookies


  • ccShowCookieIcon (persistent cookie; expires after 3 months)

This cookie (above) records whether or not to show the Cookie Control icon.

  • dontShowCookieNotice (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)

This cookie (above) records whether or not you have seen the Cookie Notice.

  • catAccCookies (persistent cookie; expires after 1 month)

This cookie (above) records that you have accepted the use of cookies on the site.

  • it-services-cookiecontrol (persistent cookie; expires after 3 months)

This cookie (above) is set by the University.

  • visid_incap_{id} (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)

This cookie (above) preserves user states across page requests; it is used to improve the performance and security of the site.

  • wordpress_test_cookie (session cookie)

This cookie (above) records whether or not cookies can be set in your browser.

  • gadwp_wg_default_dimension (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)
  • gadwp_wg_default_metric (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)
  • gadwp_wg_default_swmetric (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)

These three cookies (above) are set by the Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress.

Provider: Google Analytics

  • _ga (persistent cookie; expires after 2 years)
  • _gat (persistent cookie; expires after 10 minutes)
  • _gid (persistent cookie; expires after 2 days)

These three cookies (above) are used to collect anonymous information so we can compile reports about how visitors use the site and hence improve it. The information they collect includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from, and the pages visitors view when they visit.

Further information: Overview of Google Analytics privacy

For users who log in to the site:

  • wordpress_logged_in_{hash} (session cookie)

This cookie (above) records the fact that the user is logged in, and who they are. It is only set for users who log into WordPress.

  • wordpress_sec_{hash} (session cookie)

This cookie (above) records the fact that the user is logged in, and who they are. It is only set for users who log into WordPress.

  • wp-settings-{uid} (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)
  • wp-settings-time-{id} (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)

These two cookies (above) are used to customise the WordPress admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. They are only set for users who log into WordPress.

  • wfwaf-authcookie-{hash} (persistent cookie; expires after 1 day)

This cookie (above) is used by the Wordfence firewall to check the user before WordPress loads. It is only set for users who log into WordPress.

  • wf_loginalerted_{hash} (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)

This cookie (above) is used to notify the Wordfence admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location. It is only set for site administrators.

Third-Party Cookies

Provider: Twitter

  • _ga
  • eu_cn (persistent cookie; expires after 1 year)
  • external_referer (persistent cookie; expires after 7 days)
  • guest_id (persistent cookie; expires after 2 years)
  • lang (session cookie)
  • personalization_id (persistent cookie; expires after 2 years)
  • syndication_guest_id
  • tfw_exp (persistent cookie; expires after 14 days)

These cookies (above) are set by Twitter to monitor referral links and logins, to control access to content with restricted distribution, to understand how people use its services and how to improve them, and for security purposes. This may include the use of targeted advertising cookies.

Further information:

Provider: Google

  • 1P_JAR (persistent cookie; expires after 1 month)

This cookie (above) is used by Google for user tracking and ad targeting.

  • HSID
  • NID
  • S
  • SID
  • SSID

These cookies (above) are set by Google. They are used to collect anonymous information about your use of the site, to store your preferences (e.g. your preferred language), and to store digitally signed and encrypted information about your Google ID and login history.


  • HSID
  • PREF
  • SID
  • SSID
  • YSC
  • remote_sid

These cookies (above) are set by YouTube. YouTube may still set cookies on your computer if 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.

Further information:

Changes to our Cookie Policy

Any changes we may make to our Cookie Policy in the future will be posted on this page.


Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this or other ORI websites should be sent by email to or addressed to the Data Protection Office, University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.