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Cookies declaration

23 October 2023

A cookie is a small text file containing letters and numbers. It's used to distinguish you from another user and it enables swift passage from one page to the next on our website to provide a better user experience. Check out UC's cookies declaration.


The University of Canterbury’s website uses cookies on Cookies are small text files placed on your machine to help our site provide a better user experience.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the website, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics and CrazyEgg. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others.

The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small text file of letters and numbers that is used to distinguish you from another user and enables swift passage from one page to the next on our website.

Why do we use Cookies?

Cookies help us to provide you with a better user experience when you browse to our website and allow us to improve and tailor the site for you. For example, we measure visitor activity on the website, but we do so in ways that keeps the information anonymous. We use the information that we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of our website, and to help us make the site more useful to you.

Our website uses the following cookies:

Addthis - __atuvcWe allow visitors to our website to share content such as news articles via their Facebook, and Twitter accounts through a service called AddThis. When this is used AddThis assign a cookie to the visitors’ web browser. AddThis do not install any tracking software onto our visitor machines.
For more details visit the AddThis support page.
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Google Analytics sets the following cookies as described in the table below:

_utmaThis cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.2 years from set/date.
_utmbThis cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.30 minutes from set/date.
_utmcThis cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.Not Set.
_utmzThis cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.6 months from set/date.

Crazy Egg

ceg.sCrazy Egg 3 months Track visitor sessions
ceg.uCrazy Egg 3 months Track visitors on your site

By using and browsing the website, you are approving the use of cookies by The University of Canterbury in accordance with our cookies policy. If you have an objection to our use of cookies you must or disable the cookies or stop using the site.

To disable cookies your website browser settings needs to be set to reject cookies; this depends on the browser being used. We have provided guidance on how to do this for popular browsers:

For Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose the menu “Tools” then “Internet Options”
  2. Click on the “Privacy” tab
  3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

For Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Choose the menu “Tools” then “Options”
  2. Click on the icon “Privacy”
  3. Find the menu “Cookie” and select the relevant options

For Opera 6.0 and further:

  1. Choose the menu Files > “Preferences”
  2. Privacy

More information

  • For further assistance please refer to help pages within your browser.
  • For more information on how we securely manage and protect your data please see our privacy policy page.
  • For more information on cookies please visit:
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By clicking "Accept All Cookies", you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.