This policy explains what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the Department of Sociology's website, and how this information will be used. Please note that this policy applies to the Department's main web pages (i.e. those in www.sociology.ox.ac.uk) and the following Centre sites : -
If you follow a link to any other website, please check their policies before you submit any personal information to those websites.
On some parts of the websites, you may be asked to provide some limited personal information in order to enable the provision of certain services (e.g. prospectus ordering, registering with a society, applying for a vacancy etc). The Department may store this information manually or electronically. By supplying this information you are consenting to the Department holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided. Information provided will be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfill that purpose.
We may also collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our webmasters. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns which does not identify any individual and allows us to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
How the information collected is used
Personal information provided to the Department by you will only be used for the purposes stated when the information is requested. Personal information will not be sold to third parties, or provided to direct marketing companies or other such organisations without your permission. Personal information collected and/or processed by the Department is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of the Department's website. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users.
How we store information collected
We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share such information in order to comply with any legal obligation or to protect the rights, property or safety of the Department, University, its members or others.
How we use "cookies"
Most 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 websites and also allow us to improve our websites.
Access to information
The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you. For further information about this right and how to exercise it, please see the University’s Policy on Data Protection.
Any queries or concerns about privacy on these websites should be sent by email to
or addressed to the Manor Road Web Team, University of Oxford, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ.