Privacy policy

The University of Strathclyde is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy policy is to inform you how your personal information is processed and used by the University.

The University is the 'data controller' as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal information will only be collected and/or processed by the University in accordance with the Act.

In order to operate the University of Strathclyde website, we may collect and store personal information you submit to the University via this website. Please read the following privacy policy to understand how the University uses and protects the information that you provide.

By submitting your personal information via the website, you are consenting to the University holding and using it in accordance with this policy. The policy is subject to change and any changes to it in the future will be notified on this page. We recommend that you check the privacy policy each time you visit this site.

In this policy 'Site' means the University of Strathclyde website at www.strath.ac.uk

Information that we collect from you

Information is gathered from clients via the methods outlined below:

Log Files

The University of Strathclyde's central web server (www.strath.ac.uk) tracks requests made of it to centrally held log files. Log files can contain any or all of the following types of data:

  • date and time of connection
  • identification of the file(s) requested
  • whether the request was successful
  • size (in bytes) sent in response
  • referring page (where the client came from), as supplied by the client browser
  • software used to access the server, as supplied by the client browser
  • Information gathered is used for server system administration, identifying broken links, and for producing usage statistics. Logged information may be kept indefinitely. Log files do not contain any personal information.

The University of Strathclyde also uses the following log reporting services on its website to measure and analyse visitor information. 

Examples of data collected automatically from all users include:

  • the Internet protocol (IP) address
  • computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform
  • Uniform Resource Locator (URL) click stream data, including date and time, and content viewed or searched for on the Site

The University also generates statistics on which operating systems are in use on PCs across campus

Web forms

You may be occasionally be asked to provide personal information to gain access to specific services. By applying such information the client consents to the University storing the information for the stated purpose. The information is held by the University in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Cookies

Cookies are small files that are sent from the web server to the client's computer via the client's browser. They are then stored in the client's computer as text files and passed back to the server. Cookies are generally used to identify users and on occasion, prepare customised web pages for them. Cookies may remain on the client's computer merely for the duration of the session (visit) or they may remain indefinitely. Most standard web browsers may be configured to refuse cookies. 

The University of Strathclyde does not use cookies extensively on its servers at present. Such cookies that are used are transient, do not contain any personal information and cannot be used to identify an individual user. Further information is available from Jisc legal, from where we take our legal guidance.

The University and our authorised agents make use of Google Analytics to produce anonymised statistics on website usage: to help us to improve our site and the experience of our users. Google Analytics uses cookies in this process.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how users use the site.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purpose set out above.

Advertising Cookies

We also set cookies for advertising or remarketing purposes: enabling us to serve more tailored advertising as well as helping to improve our site for users. These include both Facebook and Google. Google uses cookies like NID and SID to help customise advertising on Google properties, like Google Search.

Such cookies remember your most recent searches, your previous interactions without website, search results and engagement with our advertising. This helps us to show you customised advertising on Google based on your interests.

To opt-out from Googles remarketing program please edit your Google Ad settings

We also use cookies for advertising we produce across the web. Some of our other cookies may be used to measure conversion events as well.

Note: We do not use cookies to collect Personal Data unless you have opted in to receive more personalised marketing from us.

We also use Net Natives and Akero Labs to deliver advertising on behalf of the University. Details of their policies can be found here: http://netnatives.com/privacy-policy/ and https://akerolabs.com/privacy-policy/