Cookie information

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Last updated: 25 September 2021

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. In general they are used to make websites work or to provide information to the owners of the site.  

Changing your cookie preferences

Most browsers (Edge, Safari, Google Chrome etc.) allow cookies to be placed on your device when you visit websites. If you wish to change the way your browser accepts or rejects cookies, or you wish to delete cookies that have been placed on your device, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Use of cookies on this site

We only use cookies that enable our website to function correctly and to provide us with information that allows us to improve its performance. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact the functionality of some areas of the website, resulting in them not working properly.

The table below lists the cookies used on this site and why we use them.

​COOKIE TYPE
SOURCE​COOKIE NAME AND Purpose    DURATION
​Strictly necessary
​ ​ ​
Microsoft Sharepoint
BIGipServerVOC-NP-BACS-SharePoint-80-Pool

Used to efficiently route website traffic to our servers providing better performance by ensuring that load is balanced across more than one server   
Duration of the session
Civic UK
CookieControl

This cookie is used to remember a user’s preferences in regards to cookies

90 days
ASP.Net   ASP.Net Session

This cookie serves three functions on the site:

(i) Remembers the selections and data you have entered into one of our online forms so when progressing through the form you won’t be required to re-enter information you have already given

(ii) Enables the parts of the form which have been completed to be redisplayed if the page is reloaded after pressing ‘submit’, for example if the form is incomplete or the information given is the wrong format

(iii) Ensures the correct profile page opens when you select ‘view profile’ in areas of the site where ‘view profile’ is an option
Duration of the session
Microsoft Sharepoint    FedAuth 

Remembers that you have logged in allowing you access to the relevant password protected areas of the website, so that as you move around the site you do not have to log in again to access a password protected page
​30 minutes
Performance
Google Analytics
_ga
_gat
_gid

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website, for example number of visitors to the site, which pages are most visited, how visitors move between pages etc. The information they collect is anonymous. We use this information to help improve visitors’ experience of the website

Google Analytics privacy policy
​2 years
1 minute
24 hours
​Functional
​Vimeo
We embed Vimeo videos from our official Vimeo channel. When you press play Vimeo will drop third party cookies to enable the video to play and to collect analytics data such as how long a viewer has watched the video. These cookies do not track individuals.

​Vuid

This cookie collects information about your actions on embedded Vimeo videos.

Player

This cookie saves your settings before you play an embedded Vimeo video. This means that the next time you watch a Vimeo video, you will get your preferred settings back.

_abexps, continuous_play_v3

These additional cookies are only set if you interact with the video. They store information about how you use Vimeo.









2 years




1 year






1 year