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.

The MPLS website uses a platform called Haiku.

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:

  • strictly necessary cookies - these are essential to enable you to move around the websites and use the site features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as logging in, cannot be provided.
  • analytical/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 website. 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 YouTube. Targeting cookies send third parties information on your visit so that they can make their advertising more relevant to you when you visit their websites.
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


Cookie name Purpose
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.

Provider: Google Analytics

Cookie name Description
_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, or by rejecting all but essential cookies on our cookie banner.

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

Provider: YouTube

Cookie name


test_cookie This cookie is set by The purpose of the cookie is to determine if the users' browser supports cookies.
IDE Used by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile.
GPS This cookie is set by YouTube and registers a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location
YSC This cookies is set by YouTube and is used to track the views of embedded videos.
PREF This cookie is set by YouTube. Used to store user preferences like language or any other customizations for YouTube Videos embedded in different sites.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE This cookie is set by YouTube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website.

Further information on these cookies can be found at How Google uses cookies and Types of cookies and other technologies 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.

Last updated: 20 July 2022