Privacy & Accessibility Policies
- Cambridge University Web Accessibility Policy
This policy explains what information we gather when you visit this web site, and explains how that information is used.
It is important for you to appreciate that this web site provides extensive links to other independent sites, both within the University and elsewhere. This policy applies only to direct accesses to this web site - URLs starting http://www.phil.cam.ac.uk/. You will need to consult the appropriate information on other sites for information on their policies.
In common with most web sites, this site automatically logs certain information about every request made of it (see below for more details). This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.
Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment in the University. Data may also on occasion be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.
[You should appreciate that a log is a record of what a server sees, not necessarily what was initially sent. If a request is sent via a proxy the log file will show the proxy's address. If someone has forged your address the log file will show your address]
The following data is automatically logged for each request:
- The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client
- The date and time of connection
- The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested
- The status code of the request (success or failure etc.)
- The number of data bytes sent in response
- The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser
- The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser
Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.
Job Applications System
Other Third Party Sites
In various parts of our website we utilise the services of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other external companies to enrich the user experience. These companies may choose to store cookies as part of their service, and have their own privacy polices which can be found on their respective websites.
University of Cambridge Web Accessibility Policy
The University of Cambridge is committed to making accessible for all users information and resources that are available via the web.
- The University Disability statement (http://www.cam.ac.uk/cambuniv/disability/hefce.html) and Equal Opportunity policy (http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/policy/equal.html) emphasise the University's commitment that it should be open to all who can benefit from studying or working here, determined only by personal merit, by performance and/or by criteria related to each particular post.
- The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Code of Practice (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/codeofpractice/fullintro.asp) states that institutions should consider disabled students in every aspect of planning and administration of academic and social activities.
- The Disability Discrimination Acts (1995 & 2005) and Special Education Needs and Disability Act [SENDA] (2001) - which amended the first act to include education, the latter became law in May 2001 with teaching and learning components falling under legislation in September 2002. SENDA legislates that it is an offence to discriminate against a disabled person by treating him or her less favourably than others for a reason relating to their disability. For the purposes of the legislation a disabled person is defined as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The Act covers all aspects of an institution's student services. 'Student services' is given a broad meaning of 'services of any description which are provided wholly or mainly for students' and will obviously include educational services such as teaching and learning provision. Discrimination can also occur where an institution fails to make a 'reasonable adjustment' where the disabled student is placed at a 'substantial disadvantage' in comparison with someone who is not disabled and such failure cannot be 'justified'. [See synopsis of Acts and links to in full]
The University favours the principles of usability and universal design, which will be of benefit of all users. By following these principles and incorporating techniques to ensure information and resources are accessible with assistive technologies, separate resources for disabled users should not be required.