Cookie policy

Statement on the use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that with your agreement are placed on your computer by the websites you visit. Their purpose is to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to website operators.

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.

Edinburgh Napier University's use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website by collecting standard internet log information 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 our website work more efficiently.

Information we collect about you

If you accept our cookies, we will automatically collect some information about you:

  • the internet domain, registered company (if applicable), GeoIP information, and IP address of the computer you are using
  • identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using; and the date and time of access
  • the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our web site
We use cookies to help us remember which pages you view on our site, and we may use this to customise the information that we present to you.
See our privacy policy for more information about how we store and use personally identifiable information.

Cookies used on our websites

Google Analytics

  • _ga: this analytical cookie is used by Google Analytics to help us understand how visitors use our website. It is created when the user first visits the page, and expires after two years.


We use the Sitecore content management system to power our website. It uses the following cookies:
  • 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.
  • And for the "Accept Cookies" message, we will be storing a cookie to say that the user has accepted this cookie.

Video Service

  • ASP.NET_SessionId: this session cookie is created as soon as a user accesses the site, deleted when the user leaves the site, not persistent.


  • 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.
  • __atuvc; _uid: these analytical cookies are added by to enable and monitor page sharing via sharing buttons, and expire after two years.
  • __utma; __utmb; __utmc; __utmz: these analytical cookies are created by Google Analytics and used to collect information about how visitors use our WordPress blog service, and expire after two years.

YouTube cookies

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.