Cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are, with your agreement, placed on your computer by the websites you visit. They can be used to improve website performance, remember your preferences and help us to promote our events and courses to you on other websites, based on what you’ve looked at.

There are four main categories of cookie:

  • First party cookies. These are set by the website you are visiting and can be used to see how users are using the site.
  • Third party cookies. These can be set by other websites not owned by the site you’re visiting.  These may be set by sites whose content is shown on our website, such as YouTube.  Edinburgh Napier has no control over third party cookies.
  • Session.  These are temporary cookies that are stored while browsing and deleted once a user closes their web browser.
  • Persistent.  These are data files stored in a web browser and are used to remember user preferences, settings and information for future visits.

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 stored on your browser or hard drive and how to manage and delete them, visit All About Cookies.

Please be aware that if you if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of certain websites.

How we use cookies

Edinburgh Napier University uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website by collecting standard internet log information, e.g. IP address, browser type and date and time the site was visited, and details of visitor behaviour patterns. Our internal website for staff also uses cookies.

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Essential cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
  • Analytical cookies. These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This information helps us make better decisions about content and features on our website, aimed at improving the overall user experience.
  • Marketing cookies. These cookies allows us to track conversions on our marketing campaigns and enable us to deliver ads relevant to you on various social media and search channels like Facebook and Google.

Cookies used on our site


We use Facebook pixel to track conversions on our marketing campaigns.

The pixel is a small piece of code that allows Facebook to see what information is being viewed by users logged into their service.  We can then use this information to provide relevant ads to users based on the content they were interested in.

Consent cannot automatically be revoked, but you can opt out on the Facebook site.  View Facebook’s cookie policy.


We use Google products to see how our site is used and to target ads to those searching for products we offer.  View Google’s cookie policy.  Any data collected by these tools is anonymous so there is no way for us to know who individual users are.

Google Analytics (GA)

We use Google Analytics to help us understand how visitors use our website. A cookie is set the first time a user visits our website and expires after two years.  Cookies include:

Name Description Duration
_ga Used to distinguish users. 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_gat Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.
1 minute
AMP_TOKEN Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
30 seconds to 1 year
_gac_<property-id> Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. Learn more.
90 days

Google Tag Manager (GTM)

We use Google Tag Manager to track specific on-page activities, such as clicks, course searches and enquiry form submissions.  Personal data from enquiry forms is stored securely in a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) and not shared with any third parties as part of this tracking.

Google Ads

These ads appear at the top of Google search results (they’re the ones with “Ad” next to them) if you have searched for something we’re promoting (e.g. Clearing and Open Days).

We use cookies to track how many people click through to our site from these ads.  Again, no personally identifiable data is collected in this type of tracking.

Consent can’t automatically be revoked but you can opt out / change your ad settings on the Google site.


Hotjar allows us to see visually how people use our site through heatmaps and recordings.  It also allows us to see how many users follow predicted navigation routes (funnels) through our website and gives us a chance to ask them questions via short polls and surveys.  This information is then used to help us improve the overall user experience of our site.

You can opt out of this tracking on the Hotjar website. Hotjar uses the following cookies:

Name Description Duration
_hjClosedSurveyInvites Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a Survey invitation modal popup. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown. 365 days
_hjDonePolls Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. 365 days
_hjMinimizedPolls Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Feedback Poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site. 365 days
_hjDoneTestersWidgets Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in. 365 days
_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set once a visitor minimizes a Recruit User Testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimizes when the visitor navigates through your site. 365 days
Hotjar cookie. This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. 365 days
This cookie is set when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show. 365 days


We use the Sitecore content management system (CMS) to power our website. It uses the following cookies to identify repeat visits from a single user and check if they are logged in:

Name Description Duration
SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE To identify repeat visits from a single user, Sitecore sends a persistent session cookie to the web client. The persistent session cookie expires one year after the last page requested from the solution by the web client.
SC_ANALYTICS_SESSION_COOKIE To identify a sequence of HTTP requests from a single user, Sitecore sends an Engagement Analytics session cookie to the web client. The value of the analytics session cookie before the first pipe character ("|") matches a value in the VisitId column of the Visits table to identify an analytics visit record in the Analytics database. This cookie expires when the user closes the Web client.
sc_expview To identify if user is logged in to Sitecore CMS and viewing page in Experience Editor mode. This cookie is set to false when the user logs out of Sitecore.
napierAcceptCookies Stored to say that the user has accepted the “Accept Cookies” message. 20 years
LightboxSeen_{<page ID>} Stored to say popup lightbox element seen on page detailed in page ID. This stops the same lightbox appearing for a set duration after the first view. 4 days

Video Service

Edinburgh Napier developed their own video service which is used to host content produced by staff and lecturers that we wouldn’t otherwise host on YouTube.  It uses the following cookie:

Name Description Duration
ASP.NET_SessionId This cookie is created as soon as a user accesses the site. Deleted when the user leaves the site, not persistent.


We host a blog service for staff and students powered using the WordPress content management system (CMS).  The service features cookies that allows users to log in and also to monitor activity of users on the website, including:

Name Description Duration
PHPSESSID This session cookie is created as soon as a user logs onto the admin system. All cookies are deleted either when the user logs out of the service or closes down the browser.

These analytical cookies are added by to enable and monitor page sharing via sharing buttons. 2 years

These analytical cookies are created by Google Analytics and used to collect information about how visitors use our WordPress blog service, e.g. what pages they visit and how long they spend on the site. 2 years


We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once 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. Find out more about YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode.

Third party cookies

We have no control over cookies used by third parties such as Google Analytics or YouTube. If you are concerned about cookies used by third parties, please visit All About Cookies to see how to control cookie usage.

Your privacy

Edinburgh Napier University are committed to protecting your privacy. View our privacy policy which sets out the basis on which your personal information is collected, processed and used.