Terms and conditions

By accessing this website you accept and agree to the following terms and conditions.


The University of St Andrews is situated in Fife, Scotland in the United Kingdom. The term 'the University of St Andrews' or 'the University' shall include, without limitation, its faculties, schools, research centres and administrative units.

'University network' means any resources which are used for the transmission or reception (either wholly or in part) of any data (including voice, email, video, web content or any other types or formats of data), which are owned or operated by or on behalf of the University.

'University services' means any and all services provided by the University or on its behalf for use by its community and members by means of, or relating to the use of, access to or interaction with, the University network. This includes the provision of any applications, information, services or facilities (either accessed directly or indirectly via the University network), email, web applications, computing facilities (including but not limited to workstations, access services for personal systems such as dial up, VPN, wireless, etc.).


Some areas of the website, University Network and University Services are available only to University staff, University students, University alumnae, alumni and/or other authorised University users. The use of this website is subject to the University's Computer and IT Support Computer and IT Support.

While the University tries to make these services (including the website) available 24 hours a day, it reserves the right to suspend or withdraw access, without notice, to either the whole or part of these services, for any reason.

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures then you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. For more information about your computer account see Computer and IT support (staff and students).


The University is committed to making its website as accessible and usable as possible, irrespective of the browser or platform used. Our central website has been designed to conform to Section 508 and W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standards.


Use of cookies

The University is required to provide clear information, informing people how it makes use of cookies on its websites, and to provide details on how individuals can opt out of using those cookies, if they so choose. The requirement to do this is set out in Regulation 6 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR).

What are cookies?

Cookies are normally small text files that are stored on the hard drive of a computer (or a mobile device). These files are used by Internet browsers, and they can normally be found in the directory/folder that was created on a computer when the Internet browser was installed.

Cookies are created when a browser is used to visit a website that uses cookies to keep track of how people move between a website’s pages.

What type of information is contained within cookies?

Again, cookies are small text files, they normally do not hold much information other than the unique address of a website (the URL) that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. This information is minimal and normally it cannot be used to reveal a person’s identity or any other personally identifying information. However, some website providers make increasingly sophisticated and cookies to market products and services by creating a profile of people’s use of the Internet (i.e. surfing habits). The University does not make use of these targeting cookies or advertising cookies.

Categories of cookies

Cookies can be grouped into four categories:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies
    These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
  2. Performance cookies
    These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
  3. Functionality cookies
    These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  4. Targeting cookies or advertising cookies
    These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Do I need cookies?

No, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the University, or indeed any other website, by amending the browser settings. Most browsers can be configured to refuse cookies, or to provide a warning before they are accepted by a computer.  The help function within your browser should tell you how to configure it to refuse cookies or to alert you to their use.

In addition, if you wish you can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

That being said, cookies in the main are advantageous: more often than not they enhance people’s on-line experience, for little if any privacy impact.  You should be aware that the University of St Andrews uses cookies to enhance the on-line experience. Disabling cookies when using our website will mean that you will not be able to enjoy and take full advantage of the University website’s functionality and services.

More information about cookies

The All About Cookies website is a useful resource, providing more information about cookies, their use, privacy concerns and information on the law as this relates to cookies.

Use of cookies by the University of St Andrews

Where the University uses performance cookies (see categories of cookies above) - by using the university website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on the device(s) that you use to engage with our website.

The table below explains what cookies we use and why.

CookieCategoryNameDurationPurposeTypical content
Google Analytics Performance cookie _utma 2 years Identify unique visitors to our website Randomly generated number e.g. 151691899.179752
    _utmb 30 minutes Determine visitor sessions Randomly generated number e.g. 151691899.179752
     _utmc When the web browser you are using is closed. Determine visitor sessions  Randomly generated number e.g. 151691899.179752
     _utmz 6 months Traffic sources and navigation Randomly generated number and information on how the website was reached

Google Analytics 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 site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Please visit the Google privacy policy for additional information.

Third party cookies

The University uses a range of external services within its website, such as YouTube and Twitter. These third party cookies fall into the functionality cookies (see categories of cookies above) - by using the university website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on the device(s) that you use to engage with our website.

At the time of publication (of this privacy notice) the University is aware that the following third party services make use of functionality cookies:

Using the services provided by the third parties listed above, from the University website you are likely to then come into contact with the cookies that those providers make use of. These third parties provide details of how to opt out of using the cookies that they make use of, from their own websites.

Management of cookies

The University will normally make use of cookies categories:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies
  2. Performance cookies
  3. Functionality cookies

Use of the fourth category of cookie (targeting or advertising cookies) will be by exceptional circumstances only. When using targeting or advertising cookies the University will always seek consent prior to a cookie falling within that category being made available on a device.


Unless stated otherwise, the copyright and other intellectual property rights in all text, images and other material on this website are owned by the University of St Andrews or its licensors and may not be reproduced without prior written permission.

See also pages on copyright.

Data protection and privacy

The University of St Andrews recognises that personal privacy is an important issue, and we support the protection of internet privacy as required by UK legislation.

The University of St Andrews is legally obliged to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. For more details see the University's Data Protection Policy.

Any personal details collected through this website and provided by you will be processed in accordance with the Act, and will only be used for the purpose stated at the time we request it. We will not sell, license or trade your personal information to others. We do not provide your personal information to direct marketing companies or other such organisations.

It is also possible to make credit or debit card payments to the University of St Andrews through our website. Such payments are handled by a third party e-commerce company called WPM, and they have their own privacy statement.

The University maintains logs of its servers' activity. These server log files include the IP address of every computer used to access the University website and are used to analyse usage of the University of St Andrews website.

External websites

Any links to external websites provided by this website have been included for convenience only.

The provision by the University of a link to another website does not constitute any authorisation by the University to you to access materials or services held at that location.

The University of St Andrews is not responsible for the content, availability or quality of any material contained on external websites and links to external sites should not be taken as an endorsement by the University of opinions expressed or services offered by those sites.

Governing law and jurisdiction

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland and any disputes that may arise will be subject to the jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.

You are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws of the country from which you are accessing this website.

If any provision of these terms shall become or be declared illegal, invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be divisible and shall be deemed deleted from these terms.


The University operates this website from St Andrews, Scotland and makes no representation that the information contained herein is appropriate or available for use in other locations outside the United Kingdom. You are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws of the country from which you are accessing the website.


To the fullest extent permitted by law, the University will not be held liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage arising out of the use, reliance upon content, delay, variation or failure in the provision of information held on these pages.

The University takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the University services and the University network are error and virus free, every effort is made to ensure downloadable content is free from viruses. The University accepts no liability for damages resulting from virus infection.

RSS feeds

By downloading or using a University of St Andrews RSS or Atom Feed (the "RSS Feed") you agree to be bound by the terms of the following licence (the "Licence Terms").

The University of St Andrews (the "University") may amend the Licence Terms from time to time and you should therefore review the Licence Terms each time you download the RSS Feed. By using the RSS Feed after such amendment you agree to be bound thereafter by the amended Licence Terms.


Unless stated otherwise, the copyright and other intellectual property rights in all text, images and other material within an RSS Feed are owned by the University of St Andrews or its licensors and may not be reproduced without prior written permission.

See also pages on copyright.


While all reasonable efforts are made to ensure that the content of the University's RSS Feeds are accurate and up-to-date, all content, services and materials are provided "as is" and the University reserves the right to amend, add to or remove these at any time.

While the University tries to make RSS Feeds available 24 hours a day, it reserves the right to rename, suspend or withdraw access, without notice, to either the whole or part of these services, for any reason.


Subject to these Licence Terms, the University grants you a free, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable licence to display on your website (the "Website") the headlines, links and other information or materials that you select to receive from the University via the RSS Feed ("University Content").

Except as expressly set out in these Licence Terms, you do not gain any ownership rights over the University Content or the RSS Feed. You may not use any University crest, logo or trademark on your Website without the University's specific and written consent. Nothing in these Licence Terms shall be treated as giving any such consent.

Relationship with the University's website terms and conditions

The terms set out in the University's Website Terms and Conditions document apply to the RSS Feed in addition to these Licence Terms. If there is any conflict between the Terms and Conditions and the Licence Terms, the Licence Terms shall prevail.

Use of the RSS feed

  1. You may not use the RSS Feed or display any University Content on any Website that displays or contains information in the following categories:
    • information that the University considers is likely to incite hatred or that constitutes or encourages discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, political affiliation, social class or otherwise;
    • information that promotes, facilitates or condones anti-social behaviour; criminal or illegal behaviour; intimidation; violence, terrorism; vigilantism; or that risks UK national security;
    • information that is misleading, defamatory, pornographic or actionable at law;
  2. You must not pass off University Content as your own or anyone else's and must ensure that the University is clearly credited for University Content on your Website. Accreditation should be "From the University of St Andrews"; under no circumstances should the University be referred to as "St Andrews University".
  3. You must not make any commercial use of the Feed and University Content and must not make any charge (including in-kind) for accessing the University Content and using the RSS Feed.
  4. You must provide a functional link back to the University website.
  5. You must not change the University Content in any way, or add any material to it.
  6. You may use the RSS Feed in a 'mashup' application (an application that combines data or functionality from two or more sources into a single application) so long as these Licence Terms are adhered to.
  7. You must pass on the same Licence Terms to anyone gaining access to the RSS Feed or University Content via the Website.
  8. Should you receive any enquiries which relate to the University of St Andrews or the University Content you should promptly refer such enquiries to itservicedesk@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Endorsement by the University

Nothing in these licence terms shall be treated as an endorsement by the University of the Website or any material on or accessible via the Website and you must not state or imply anything to the contrary.

Warranty and liability

You agree that:

  • you have fully complied with and will continue to comply fully with all applicable laws and regulations;
  • the Website shall not contain information that is actionable at law, obscene, pornographic or that may, in the University's sole opinion, bring the University into disrepute.
  • you agree to indemnify the University and keep the University fully and effectively indemnified in respect of all losses, costs (including legal and professional fees), damages, monies paid in settlement and other liabilities whatsoever, arising out of or in connection with a breach by you of the Licence Terms or use of the RSS Feed and University Content.


You may terminate this licence at any time by destroying or removing all copies of the RSS Feed and all University Content from your Website, hard drives, networks and other storage media.

The University may terminate this licence at any time, for any reason without liability to you. You agree to destroy all copies of the RSS Feed and University Content upon receiving notice of such termination.


The University of St Andrews crest, logos and trade marks used and displayed on our website are the University's registered and unregistered trade marks, or those of others. You may not use these trade marks without our prior written consent, or that of the relevant owner.

Use of content

All text, images and other content on this website is copyright of the University of St Andrews unless explicitly stated otherwise. You may only download or copy it for the purposes of teaching, administration and research within the University, or for personal, non-commercial use. You are required to seek written permission from the University for any other use or purpose; please contact the digital communications team at itservicedesk@st-andrews.ac.uk.

You may link to any page on the website. You are not permitted however, to frame or page-jack the website (that is, copy keywords, meta tags, content or code from this website and place it on another website causing users or search engines to be redirected to that other site). You are not permitted to use any robot, spider, other automatic device or manual process to monitor or copy the website or the content expressed herein, other than for search engine indexing. Such search engines are expected to comply with the robots exclusion protocol as set out in any robots.txt files on the website.


By their nature, websites are subject to constant change. While all reasonable efforts are made to ensure that the content of the University's website is accurate and up-to-date, all content, services and materials are provided "as is" and the University reserves the right to amend, add to or remove these at any time without notice.

Nothing on this website constitutes any part of a contract unless otherwise expressly stated. The University makes no warranty about the content of this website, including (but not limited to) the accuracy or completeness of any content.  The University permits its students and staff to maintain personal pages on the website. Any views expressed on these pages do not necessarily represent the views of the University. The University may alter these terms and conditions from time to time and post the new versions on this website, following which all use of this website will be governed by that new version.