Cookie consent

Information for staff and students about cookie consent on University websites.

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How we're collecting cookie consent

As part of improving the overall performance of the University website, we're required to collect cookie consent from any visitors to the website and give them control over which cookies are put on their device when they visit.

This is so that the University complies with standards for collecting and processing information outlined in regulation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

You'll see a cookie banner at the bottom of pages on the University website:

Cookie consent banner
Example of the cookie consent banner which will appear on our pages

You have the option to accept or decline all cookies, or you can set what type of cookies you are happy to consent to in the preference centre, which is accessible via cookie settings:

Cookie preference centre
Example of how to set specific cookies in the cookie preference centre

Once you've confirmed your choice on each browser and device then you should stop seeing the banner. However, if any changes to cookie settings are made by the University, the banner will again ask you to confirm your choices.

You can find out more about cookies used on the University website. If you have any further questions please contact digital.help@sheffield.ac.uk.


Impact for CMS users

In the New CMS, editors will see the cookie banner when previewing a page, for example on URLs starting https://cms.shef.ac.uk. The banner can be removed temporarily by clicking the cross. Your preferences within the CMS are not stored, so you'll need to do this each time a preview page loads.


Impact on Google Analytics information

Google Analytics uses cookies to identify visitors, their actions and their attributes. This means that if a visitor opts out of cookies entirely, they won't be tracked as a visitor at all through analytics.

Depending on how many visitors choose to opt in, this could cause a decrease in measurable website traffic and means that making comparisons with data from before the banner was implemented is less reliable.

The use of cookies as a measurement tool for both website traffic and marketing campaign performance is expected to decrease. The University will shortly be implementing Google Analytics 4 which does not rely on cookies for measurement and is privacy-centric by design.

Further advice for Google Analytics users

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