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Cookie Policy

What is a cookie and why are cookies used

A cookie is a small electronic file that collects information when someone visits a website. A cookie can identify the pages that are being viewed, and this can assist us to select the pages that the viewer sees. Some cookies only exist whilst viewers are online (session cookies), but persistent cookies remain on the viewer's computer, so that he or she can be recognised as a previous visitor when he or she next visits our Website. This allows us to collect information about a viewer's browsing habits whilst on our Website, and this can be useful in assisting us to monitor and improve our services.

The cookies we use are listed here:

UMSS's use of cookies

UMSS may release browsing data and information gathered using cookies in the aggregate, such as publishing a report on trends in the usage of the Website. The report will only contain statistical data and will not identify any individual.

In addition to using cookies, we might also use web tools to collect information about your browsing activities whilst on our Website. In this respect the information that is provided is similar to the information supplied by cookies, and we use it for the same purposes.

Any information that we acquire about you using cookies or web tools is subject to the same restrictions and conditions as any other information we collect about you.

How to manage cookies

When you first access our Website, you will be informed that our Website uses cookies. Your continued use of our Website after this information has been given will be taken as consent to our use of cookies.

Most browsers will automatically accept the use of cookies, but you can usually modify the settings on your browser to tell it to decline the use of cookies. If you do this, you may only have limited functionality in the use of our Website.

To find out more about cookies including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit:

IP addresses

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, and for system administration. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

Your rights

Our Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from other websites. If you follow a link to or from another website, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Contact details

If you have any questions, comments or requests regarding this Policy, please contact the UMSS team, or by post at

the University of Manchester,
Pensions Office,
John Owens Building,
Oxford Road,
M13 9PL


If you are not happy with the way your personal data is held or processed, please contact us at the address above.

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) using the following contact details:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Tel: 0303 123 1113


More information is available on the ICO website at

Updates to this notice

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time, and any changes we may make to this Policy, including details of changes in how we use your personal information, will be posted on this page. You are expected to check this Policy from time to time to take notice of any changes we have made to it.

Last updated: August 2019