Cookies on this website
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This statement explains how we use cookies on the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division webpages (i.e. those in For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the website, and how this information will be used, please see our Privacy Policy.

How we use cookies

All our web pages use "cookies". A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and enables us to improve our website.

Types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies:

  • 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.
  • targeting cookies - these cookies may be 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, and may be used in embedded features on our website, such as Google maps or YouTube videos.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings (for example by going to 'Options > Privacy and Security' in Firefox). Blocking cookies may affect your ability to use a website.

Specific cookies we use

Cookies may be set either by ("first party cookies"), or by a third party website such as Google or YouTube ("third party cookies"). Below we identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.

Please note we continue to collect information about third-party cookies and the information below is 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

The MPLS website uses a platform called Haiku.

Haiku Cookies

ANONSERVERID this is used to identify which server should process browser requests for anonymous users e.g., app-anon-1.haiku.fry=c4
AUTHSERVERID this is used to identify which server should process browser requests for authorised users e.g., app-auth-1.haiku.fry=c1
cookielaw_cookies_are_enabled This is used to store confirmation that the Cookie Policy banner has been read
_shibsession_XXX This is used when an authenticated user successfully logs into the Haiku with a supported protocol, a cookie specific to that user's session is set and used to associate the rest of that session's requests back to the user's login information.
haiku.notifications This is used to store the IDs of notifications that anonymous users have read and dismissed. The purpose is to not show users the same notifications again. Rarely used.
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_ga_gid These are Google Analytics cookies. They store the client ID and are used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier and to calculate visitor and session data. The difference is _ga expiration time is 2 years and for _gid it is 24h
_gat_gat_haiku These are Google Analytics cookies and are used to monitor and track visitors' behaviour on the site anonymously. Expiration time 1m
_gat_gtag_UA_XXX Google Analytics cookie to distinguish unique users.
For more information about Google Analytics cookies: Visit the Google Developers pages

We use the Google Analytics information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. If you consent to our use of cookies, they will collect:

  • information about the type of device (and its unique device identifier) you use to access our site, the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your device to the Internet, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system, mobile network information and platform;
  • information about your visit to our site including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from the Website (including date and time), pages you viewed, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.
See also the Google Analytics Privacy Statement. You can opt out of Google Analytics by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

For web editors only:
If you are logged in to edit the website, we will place up to three cookies on your computer:
  1. webauth_at is a secure cookie used to keep you logged in. It will be deleted when you close your browser
  2. serverid is also used to keep you logged in. It will be deleted when you close your browser
  3. isEditBarHidden records the position of editing tools on the page. It is set to expire in three years from the last time you edited the website

Third Party Cookies


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Further information

Google maps




These cookies are used by Google to track how many people are using their maps

Overview of Google privacy





YouTube may still set cookies on the user's computer once the visitor clicks on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

How Google uses cookies
Types of cookies used by Google

Changes to our Cookie Statement

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


Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent by email to or addressed to MPLS Communications, University of Oxford, 9 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PD.