Website Terms & Conditions of Use

Please read our terms & conditions of use carefully as by using the website you will be taken to have agreed to be bound by them. We reserve the right to vary the conditions of use at any time. You are advised to review the terms & conditions of use on a regular basis, as you will be deemed to have accepted variations if you continue to use the website after they have been posted.

1.0 Disclaimer

We take every care and precaution to ensure that information published on the website is accurate when posted and regularly updated, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. You are advised to verify the accuracy of any information before acting upon it. We may change the information at any time without notice.

We publish the website "as is" without any warranty of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of our website, and the accuracy of the information or the products or services referred to on the website (in so far as such warranties may be excluded under any relevant law). We shall not be liable for any losses or damage that may result from use of the website as a consequence of any inaccuracies in, or any omissions from, the information, which it may contain.

2.0 Applicable Law

The laws of Scotland govern these conditions of use and you agree that the Scottish courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction in any dispute.

Copyright Statement

1.0 The Copyright

All copyrights in this website are strictly reserved to Queen Margaret University

All copyrights in this website including illustrations, pictures, sound, scripts, animation and other material appearing on this website, otherwise known as "content", belong to Queen Margaret University or third parties authorising Queen Margaret University to use the copyrights.

In accessing the Queen Margaret University website, you agree that you will use the contents for your own private use. You may not make alterations, copy, store in any medium (including other websites), distribute, transmit any part of the website without the prior written permissions of Queen Margaret University in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

2.0 Accuracy

The information on the website could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. We have made reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of inclusion. However, like any printed material, the information may be out of date at the time of access by the visitor. We shall not be liable for any error or omission in, or any failure to update, such information and any decisions based on the information are the sole responsibility of the visitor.

We reserve the right to make changes to this website at any time without notice.

3.0 Links to External Websites

Certain links on this website lead to other websites that will have separate privacy and data collection practices. We have no responsibility or liability for those third party policies.

Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement

1.0 Statement of Intent

This is the Queen Margaret University website policy relating to the personal information that you may be asked to provide when using this website. This includes personal data, e-mail address and other pieces of specific personal data to you. We wish to express in this privacy policy our respect for your privacy and have set out below our specific guidelines to inform you of how we retain your information and for what purpose.  Please also see the University’s Privacy Statement.

2.0 What Information do we Collect?

The personal information we collect from you when registering, or as part of an online service, is exclusively for the use of Queen Margaret University. This may include your contact details (including address, telephone/mobile and email  address) and perhaps your first and last names. Under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”), you have the right to request a copy of all personal information we hold for you. All such requests should be addressed to Data Protection Officer and sent to:

Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret University Drive
Musselburgh
Edinburgh EH21 6UU

Should any of the data be incorrect or incomplete, a written statement should be sent to the same address and Queen Margaret University will endeavour to amend the data promptly.

3.0 Site Statistics

We do gather non-personal data regarding site visitors to our website. This is provided to use statistical information on visits to pages, type of browsers being used to view the site, paths taken through the site and other general information. Under no circumstances can this be linked to a particular person.

4.0 Cookies

A "cookie" is a small text file, which helps the server to identify your computer but not the individual. The cookies help us to make your visitor session a more personal and enriching experience and are described in more detail below.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these cookies on your computer. Please refer to your browser's Help function, or visit www.aboutcookies.org for further details on how to control and delete cookies.

Types of cookies

  1. Strictly necessary/standard cookies

These will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify you as unique to other users currently viewing the website, in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to you.

  1. Functionality cookies

Will typically be the result of an action you have taken, but might also be implemented in the delivery of a service not explicitly requested but offered to you.. They can also be used to prevent you being offered a service again that had previously been offered to you and rejected. (See ‘Cookies set by Queen Margaret University’ below).

  1. Performance cookies

These are limited to performance and website improvement. (See ‘Cookies set by Queen Margaret University’ below).

  1. Targeting/advertising cookies

These contain a unique key that is able to distinguish individual users’ browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere. (See ‘Third Party Cookies’ below).

Cookies set by Queen Margaret University

We use cookies on www.qmu.ac.uk to collect anonymous visitor statistics via Google Analytics to help us improve our site.

What are these cookies called, and what do they do?

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.

These three cookies are placed by Universal (Google) Analytics and help us understand how visitors interact with our website.

Universal (Google) Analytics does not collect personally identifiable information, and we do not share our collected data with Google. Read more about Google Analytics or download the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Third party cookies (Advertising and Remarketing)

Some of our website pages use third party services or software, such as maps, online videos (YouTube) or social networking features. Many of these services may set cookies on your device.

However, you can block or remove cookies yourself by altering the settings of your browser. Blocking these cookies is unlikely to impact on your experience of our website.

In addition, Queen Margaret University uses third party technologies to advertise online as explained below. Advertising companies use cookies to make ads more relevant to you, keeping a track of the ads you have seen or the ads that your browser has been exposed to. This prevents you being exposed to the same advert, too many times.

These third parties include media partners such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and make use of ‘remarketing’ cookies – both first party (such as Google Adwords and Google Analytics) and third party (such as a range of DoubleClick branded services). They serve more relevant ads to users based on such users’ past visits to our website, whether those users are on our website or on other websites.

Some of our other cookies may be used to measure ‘conversion events’ as well. For example, DoubleClick and Google Analytics cookies may also be used for this purpose.

Remarketing cookies typically expire a maximum of 180 days from the time that the cookie is set or updated (whichever is the later).

Third Party Services

Service Purpose Privacy Policy How to Opt Out
Google Advertising Services Google serves QMU’s online advertising on Google sites and third-party sites based upon the qmu.ac.uk content you have  viewed. https://policies.google.com/privacy/updatehl=enhttps://adssettings.google.com    
Facebook Facebook will deploy QMU’s online advertising across the Facebook platform based upon the qmu.ac.uk content you have viewed. https://www.facebook.com/about/basics Facebook members can choose to opt out by adjusting their advertising preferences in their Facebook account settings. Guidance for members and non-members at https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/
LinkedIn LinkedIn Marketing Solutions will deploy QMU’s online advertising across the LinkedIn platform based upon the qmu.ac.uk content you have been viewing. https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy There are separate opt-out pages for visitors and members, both available from https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy
DoubleClick DoubleClick is a subsidiary of Google and the DoubleClick Digital Marketing platform will deploys QMU’s advertising on third-party sites based upon the qmu.ac.uk content you have been viewing. https://policies.google.com/privacy/update?hl=enhttps://adssettings.google.com

 

5.0 Disclosure of Information

In addition to these safeguards, your personal data is protected in the UK by the General Data Protection Regulations. This provides amongst other things that the data we hold about you should be processed lawfully and fairly. It should be accurate, relevant and not excessive. The information should be kept up to date, where necessary, and not retained for longer than is necessary. It should be kept securely to prevent unauthorised access by other people.

6.0 Removing Subscription to Mailing Lists

If at any time our site contains subscription mailing lists there will always be the option to remove you from the aforementioned list. Normally this, "unsubscribe" option will appear at the bottom of the most recently sent email newsletter.

7.0 Security

Queen Margaret University is bound by the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”), and will comply with the requirements of this legislation. Any details you give will remain completely confidential. Please always remember to log out of your account and close your browser window when you have finished using them. This ensures that others cannot access your personal data especially when using a shared, or public access computer terminal.

8.0 Changes to Privacy Policy

Queen Margaret University reserves the right to modify and update the terms and conditions of use of this website. In continually striving to improve our service for our clients, we need to be able to enhance the site in ways deemed appropriate.

9.0 Further Information

For further information regarding any of these points please contact foi@qmu.ac.uk