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Policy and legal statements


Anything uploaded into Minerva for the use of students must be in accordance with all legal requirements and the University's relevant policies and Terms and Conditions of Use/Employment.

It is your responsibility to ensure that anything you upload meets these requirements. In particular copyright material should only be made available to students in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988), the terms of one of the licences obtained by the University, or with the permission of the copyright holder(s).

In using the resources made available to you in Minerva you must adhere to the University's relevant policies, codes of practice and guidance notes. Specifically you should ensure that you use any copyright material only in accordance with the terms and conditions of use of the item concerned. This usually means that you can print out one copy of any text based material made available for your module for your own educational purposes but you cannot download, store, publish, sell or transmit copies to other individuals in any format.

Images, audio files, films etc are also protected by copyright: you can view or listen to such files in Minerva but you will need to check the terms and conditions of use of each item to establish the extent to which you may make copies or transmit the item.

For further information on copyright please see and the terms and conditions of use of Minerva.

Copyright complaints and takedown policy

The University of Leeds respects the rights of copyright holders and their representatives. The University endeavours to ensure that all content hosted in Minerva is compliant with UK Copyright law.

If you wish to report a copyright infringement please notify the Minerva. To expedite your enquiry it would be helpful to include full contact details for the Copyright holder and sufficient evidence to identify the location of the material, such as a URL or Module code.

  1. Complaints will be acknowledged and an initial assessment will be undertaken. We aim to acknowledge and assess the complaint on the day of receipt or the next working day thereafter.

  2. Where grounds for complaint are reasonable and credible, the material will be withdrawn from public view until our assessment is complete.

  3. Please note it may be necessary for us to seek legal advice before the complaint can be fully resolved.

  4. If any complaint is found to be well founded, the material will be permanently withdrawn from Minerva.


The University of Leeds endeavours to promote equality & diversity in its policies, practice and services. We are committed to making all university web pages accessible to disabled people and compliant with WAI's accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2.0). For more information see the University of Leeds Accessibility Statement.

Privacy Statement

1. Purpose of this notice

This notice tells you how the University of Leeds will collect and process your personal data when you access this website.

The University's full statement on how it will collect and process your data is available in the Student Privacy Notice here:

2. Automated collection of personal information

As with most other web servers, when you access these web pages certain information you provide will automatically be recorded by the University of Leeds. This may include your IP address, browser type, and information relating to the page you last visited. This information is processed to estimate how much usage of the server is made by different categories of users and in the event of a breach of security may be used to aid detection.

3. Non-automated collection

Where you are required under this website to provide personal data the uses of this data will be indicated at the point of collection.

4. Third-party access

Your personal data that you have provided will not routinely be sent to other third-parties (unless notified – see 3. above).

5. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The Blackboard VLE ( uses first party cookies which are set by our web server as opposed to a different web server. They are categorised as strictly necessary, which are essential to the operation of the website, and performance cookies which collect anonymous information about the usage of our website. By using our website you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

We do not use cookies to collect personal information about you. Should you wish to restrict or block cookies which are set by our website you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘help’ function within your browser or the manual that comes with your device should tell you how. You may also wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how you can do this on a wide variety of browsers. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

Minerva website uses Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website and anonymously identify which pages are being read. Google retain this information. Google's privacy policy is available at

These are the cookies we use and why:

Cookie Name(s) Purpose More information
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies are used in non-identifying usgage tracking on Minerva website
Session id tracking JSESSION Used for session tracking. It keeps the information about the current user session so that the user does not need to identify themselves repeatedly. Nobody else can identify the user using this cookie.  This is used by the tomcat webserver
Session Id tracking Session_id Stores the session ID for non-secure requests
Session Id tracking S_session_id Stores the session ID for secure requests
Accessibility Used to track whether the current session should be displayed using the high contrast option
Local Guest.session.locale Used to store the locale information for someone logged in as a guest
SCORM player MTMCookie Used by the SCORM player to track if cookies can be used
Tree Viewer *_selnd,tree_* Used by the tree viewer javascript to store node information (selected, expanded etc)
Outcomes navigation Clp_nav_menuarea_* Used by outcomes to track navigation and menu selections
Test cookie Cookies_enabled A test cookie to make sure the browser has cookies enabled
BBDrive Xythosdrive Used for detecting if BbDrive is installed on the local computer
Cookie consent confirmation Cookie_consent_accepted This cookie tells the server that the user has already given the consent for storing cookies so the user will no longer be asked for consent when logging in. It contains no user identifying data.
MathJax Storesmenu settings for MathJax component  

6. University Code of Practice

The University’s Data Protection Code of Practice also applies to the use of personal data under this website. The Code can be accessed at

7. Changes to this notice

This notice and therefore the ways in which your data may be processed can be changed from time to time. Any changes will only be notified via this web page.

8. Further information and Contact

If you have any queries relating to this privacy notice or the way your data is being processed through this website then please contact Michael Thomas. If you are dissatisfied with their response please contact the University Webmaster

Data Protection

The University processes all data collected within Minerva in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For more information see the current Code of Practice.

Terms of Use

Use of Minerva must be in compliance with the Use of University Computer Systems policy.