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Cookie statement

This statement explains how we use cookies on the Oxford Sparks web pages (i.e. those in For information about what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the website, and how this information will be used, please see our Privacy Policy.

How we use cookies

All of our web pages use "cookies". A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and enables us to improve our website.

Types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies:

  • strictly necessary cookies - these are essential in to enable you to move around the websites and use their features. Without these cookies the services you have asked for, such as registering for an account, cannot be provided.
  • performance cookies - these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We use this information to improve our websites and to aid us in investigating problems raised by visitors. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.
  • functionality cookies - these cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide more personal features. For instance, a functional cookie can be used to remember the volume level you prefer to use when watching videos on our websites. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • targeting cookies - these cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They collect information about your browsing habits. Targeting cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as 'like' and 'share' buttons and advertisements. We use targeting cookies to send third parties information on your visit so that they can make their advertising more relevant to you when you visit their websites.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them please visit

Specific cookies we use

Cookies may be set either by the ("first party cookies"), or by a third party website ("third party cookies"). The tables below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used.

Please note that we continue to collect information about third-party cookies and the tables below are based on the work completed to date. Accordingly, we may update the information contained in this section from time to time. Additionally, some cookies may be set from time to time by feeds from third party websites that we make available on our sites.

First Party Cookies

Provider Cookie name Purpose Further Information

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This cookie is used to remember whether you wish to view the cookie notice or not.


This cookie is used to determine whether you’ll see the javascript menus or not.


Google Analytics





These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Overview of Google Analytics privacy

Hotjar   We use Hotjar to learn more about how users navigate our site, in order to improve our content and user experience. Hotjar GDPR statement


Third Party Cookies

Provider Cookie name Purpose Further informatin
Google maps




These cookies are used by Google to track how many people are using their maps

Overview of Google privacy




Targeted advertising cookies used by the BrightRoll (owned by Yahoo) video ad technology platform set by our search engine




YouTube may still set cookies on the user's computer once the visitor clicks on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. 







RadiumOne provides the link shortening service. They also make use of cookies to record information about the website or content you have chosen to share. This information is used to identify the intersts of users who share Post links and users who click on these links in order to deliver targeted advertising. (See B & C) xSrYV8qY71vgmWjO.97





We have the Twitter Share widget in place on the site which makes use of cookies. May include targeted advertising cookies.

Adobe Audience Manager



Targeted advertising tracking cookie used on our searchable map.




Targeted advertising cookies from Doubleclick (a business owned by Google) used for maps related to events.

Rubicon Project






Targeted advertising cookies used on our social media hub.

Hogan Lovells




Session cookie from used on our social media hub.


Project Muse


Session cookie from used on our social media hub.


Council on Foreign Relations





Cookies come about due to images loaded in from and via the feed used on our social media hub.




Cookies related to Google. May include targeted advertising cookies used on our social media hub.





Targeted advertising cookies from LinkedIn.

Changes to our Cookie Statement

Any changes we may make to our Cookie Statement in the future will be posted on this page.


Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent by email to or addressed to the Oxford Sparks, 9 Parks Rd. Oxford OX1 3PD