Privacy and cookies

Privacy and Cookies

Queen’s University Belfast is committed to transparency and to complying with its responsibilities under the data protection legislation. The following information will help you to understand how the University manages and protects personal data.

Privacy Notices

Whether you are a student, member of staff, service user or an organisation, your privacy is important to us. Our privacy notice(s) aim to advise you on the way we look after your data at various stages.
Find out more and search for a specific privacy notice.

Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Information Governance

The University has a dedicated Information and Compliance Unit which is responsible for overseeing University compliance with Freedom of Information, Data Protection legislation and best practice in information governance. For more information please visit the Information and Compliance Unit website.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded to your personal computer, mobile phone or other device when you visit a website. When you return to a website it uses this cookie to ‘remember’ some of the things you did during a previous visit. For example, if you are using the same computer, and previously took an action to dismiss a prompt or alert message on a certain area of a website, you will not see that prompt or alert message again (assuming that you haven’t deleted the related cookie). Cookies typically store the name of the domain or website you are visiting, the duration or lifetime of the cookie, and one or more unique and randomly generated content values.

Cookies are used in places on this website to store your preferences and to improve the overall user experience. Please be aware that some areas of our website will not function as expected if you do not consent to the use of cookies.

Queen’s University Belfast does not use cookies to collect or store any personal information such as your name, date of birth, email address or home address.

You can choose to manually disable cookies on your computer, or delete existing cookies by adjusting your browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

Types of cookies

1. Strictly necessary cookies
These will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify the user as unique to other users currently viewing the website, in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to the user.

2. Functionality cookies
Will typically be the result of a user action, but might also be implemented in the delivery of a service not explicitly requested but offered to the user. They can also be used to prevent the user being offered a service again that had previously been offered to that user and rejected.

3. Performance cookies
These are limited to performance and website improvement.

4. Targeting/advertising cookies>

These contain a unique key that is able to distinguish individual users’ browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere.

Please find below a list of cookies used on the University website and online environments.

External Websites

From time to time we may link from our website to external websites that set cookies on your machine, please note such websites are outside the University’s control and are not covered by this cookie statement.


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