The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used.

Use of cookies by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

A cookie is a text file written by your web browser to your computer's hard disk or solid state drive (SSD). They are used by websites for purposes such as authentication, content personalisation, usage tracking and advertising.

The SGSSS website makes limited use of cookies. These are detailed below.

Necessary cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the SGSSS website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these cookies to be able to make use of some of our online systems and functionality.

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored Purpose When does it expire?
EASE login cosign-eucsCosign-www.sps.ed.ac.uk A unique identifier that represents the browser and/or user account. Only affects staff, students and other designated users. This session cookie is set when you log in to one of our EASE-protected websites (e.g. staff and student intranets). Removed when you close the browser. Visit the EASE site for more information about EASE and how EASE uses cookies. Deleted when you sign out of EASE or close the browser.
Squiz Matrix session SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION A unique identifier that represents the browser.

This cookie stores what’s called a ‘session ID’ that enables the content management system (CMS) to store data about your current session. If you’re not logged into the CMS, it stores nothing (except the fact you are not logged in).

For colleagues, students and other designated users who are logged into the site via the CMS (e.g. in order to edit a page), the cookie tells the CMS where to find the session file which stores your user ID, and allows you to remain logged in during the current browser session.

When you close the browser.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited to help improve our performance in provision of information and services.

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored Purpose When does it expire?
Google Analytics (GA) __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, _ga, _gid et al A random unique number or string of letters and numbers to identify your browser, the times and dates that you interacted with the site recently and the marketing materials or referring pages that led you to the site. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including an anonymised form of your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you. The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.

Notes relating to Google Analytics (GA)

  • From 25 May 2018 we anonymise (or mask) IP addresses so that your full IP address is not stored as part of GA data. For example, if you have an IP address of 12.214.31.144 (and have not opted out of GA), it will be stored as 12.214.31.0. If you have opted out, no data related to Google Analytics will be stored or sent to Google.
  • We do not implement the User-ID feature.

Functionality cookies

These are cookies that are not essential, but enhance your use of our website. They remember choices you make to enhance your experience of our site.

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
Squiz Matrix session cookies lastSelectedLinkId and lastSelectedAssetId Unique IDs identifying assets within the content management system (CMS). When you close the browser. Only affects staff, students and other designated users who are logged into the site via the CMS.

Third party cookies

Some pages may use third party services or software, such as maps, online videos or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies in your browser in accordance with their own privacy policies, although many can be blocked by you without impact on your experience. The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science has no control over these cookies.

SGSSS makes minimal use of such cookies, limited generally to video and map embeds, as well as Google Analytics (see Performance cookies above).

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored Purpose When does it expire?
Google Maps SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF Various unique identifiers, except for PREF which stores your options such as preferred zoom level. Google sets a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.
YouTube SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. Google sets a number of cookies on any page that includes a Youtube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Youtube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.
Vimeo __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, last_page, embed_preferences, has_logged_in, stats_start_date, stats_end_date, CAL, GAPS, N_T, S_adsense, adsenseReferralSourceId, adsenseReferralSubId, adsenseReferralUrl, adsenseReferralUrlQuery, APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SNID, SSID Various alphanumeric unique identifiers, date of use information, list of viewing settings for the video being viewed, Vimeo and Google Adsense alphanumeric authenticating tokens. Vimeo sets a number of cookies on any page that embeds a Vimeo video. While we have no control over these cookies, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Vimeo viewers, to hold information about current viewing video settings as well as a personal identification token, if you are logged into Vimeo. Furthermore, a set of cookies regarding Google Adsense advertising campaigns might be set, which contain identifiers that record user browsing behaviour. There are some cookies that expire 10 years after first viewing a Vimeo video while most of them expire between a few days for up to two years after the last viewing of a Vimeo video.

Disabling cookies and opting out

You can disable cookies so that your browser does not write them to your computer or other device.

This page describes how to disable cookies on multiple browsers and platforms.

The Google Analytics opt-out add-on allows you to block Google Analytics in popular desktop browsers.


If you have any queries about cookies or privacy on the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science site, please email admin@socsciscotland.ac.uk.

This page was last updated on 14 Jun 2018 3:45pm.