Heat and the City is committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used.

Use of cookies by Heat and the City

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 Heat and the City website makes limited use of cookies. These are detailed below.

Necessary cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the Heat and the City 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?
WordPress test cookies wordpress_test_cookie The string “WP+Cookie+check” This cookie is used by WordPress to test that cookies are enabled on your browser When you log out or when you close your browser.
WordPress session management cookies wordpress_logged_in_{x}, wordpress_sec_{x} {x} is the username appended with random characters Essential WordPress session management cookies for logged in users. When you log out or when you close your browser.
WordPress management cookies wp-settings-{number}, wp-settings-time-{number} editor%3Dtinymce, {random number} WordPress management cookies to maintain user settings, preferences and enable core site functionality. 1 year
WordPress admin/editing cookies wp-saving-post {post number}-saved WordPress writes then deletes this cookie when a logged-in user edits content then saves/publishes. Around a minute after save has completed.
WordFence wfwaf-authcookie-{random characters} wfwaf-authcookie-{random number} Set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is used to authenticate the user’s login request. After 12 hours.
GDPR Cookie Compliance Plugin by Moove moove_gdpr_popup Remembers a user’s cookie preference. Where a user has previously indicated a preference, the said preference will be stored in this cookie. 1 year

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

YouTube cookies

Cookie Cookie name(s) Data stored When does it expire? Description
YouTube embedded video cookies 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. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner. Google set 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.

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. We have no control over these cookies.

We would tend to make minimal use of such cookies, limited generally to video and map embeds, as well as Google Analytics. For specifics relating to those cookies, please see the University’s third party cookies listing.

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.