Cookie policy

Oxplore cookie statement

This statement explains how we use cookies on the Oxplore website (i.e. all pages within 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 to enable you to move around the websites and use its features. Without these cookies we can't allow you to login or store your preferences for how you want to use Oxplore.

performance cookies - these collect information about how everyone uses Oxplore, for instance which pages people visit most often. We use this information to improve our website and to help us investigate problems. These cookies do not collect information that identifies you.

functionality cookies - these 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. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other 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 Oxplore website ("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.

However, 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 SESS... Session cookie used to prevent a data entry form from being submitted multiple times (for example, when a user clicks the submit button multiple times quickly). Each session cookie has a different value, but all start with SESS. show­Cookie­Bar Stores if the user has been shown the cookie policy overlay. additional­Resources­Clicked­For­BQ Records how many additional resources have been clicked for each Big Question, so we can learn how valuable additional resources are to our users. hide­My­Oxplore­Menu­Alert Whether or not to highlight the "My Oxplore" menu item. login­Or­Register­Back­Link Which page to go back to within Oxplore, once you have logged in or registered. seconds­Spent­On­BQ Records how long you spend reading a Big Question, so we know if it is useful to you. voting­Back­Link Which page to go back to within Oxplore, once you have voted.

Third Party Cookies

Provider Cookie name Purpose
Google Analytics _ga
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.
YouTube PREF
We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.


Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent by email to or addressed to the Data Protection Office, University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.