What are cookies?

To make this site easy to use, useful and reliable, we sometimes place small amounts of information on your computer. These small files are known as cookies.

We do not use cookies to identify you personally and you can delete them.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit the ICO website.

How do we use cookies?

We use four types of cookie: 

1. Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies help make the website usable. They enable basic functions like page navigation. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Name Description Expires
_cfduid

This is used to identify trusted web traffic

29 days
_RequestVerificationToken This helps prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks At the end of a session
ARRAffinity This is used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers to optimise response times At the end of a session
ARRAffinitySameSite This is used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers to optimise response times At the end of a session
ASP.NET_SessionId This preserves the visitor's session state across page requests. At the end of a session
AWSELB This is used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers to optimise response times 1 day
AWSELBCORS This registers which server-cluster is serving the visitor. It is used in context with load balancing, in order to optimise the user experience. At the end of a session
CookieConsent This stores the user's cookie consent state for the Office for Students domain. 1 year
local_storage_support_test This is used in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures. Persistent

2. Remembering your settings

We host interactive data visualisations on our website. These require a 'preference' cookie to operate. These cookies do things like remember your preferences and the choices you make, to personalise your experience of using the site.

Name Description Expires
tableau_locale

The cookie determines the preferred language and country-setting of the visitor - it allows us to show content most relevant to that region and language.

At the end of a session

We would like to set cookies which help us to understand how visitors use the website and how accessible it is for them. These cookies do not directly identify anyone.

Name Description Expires
_ga

This registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

2 years
_gat This is used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. 1 day
_gid This registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 1 day
image.aspx This registers statistical data on users' behaviour on the website. At the end of a session
nmstat This cookie contains an ID string on the current session. This contains non-personal information on what subpages the visitor enters – this information is used to optimise the visitor's experience. 999 days

4. Marketing

These cookies may be set by third party websites and do things like measure how you view YouTube videos.

Name Description Expires
__widgetsettings

This cookie is set by Twitter. It allows the visitor to share content from the website onto their Twitter profile.

Persistent
ads/ga-audiences This is used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor's online behaviour across websites. At the end of a session
IDE This is used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user. 1 year
pagead/1p-user-list/# This is used by Google to track if the user has shown interest in specific products or events across multiple websites and detects how the user navigates between sites. This is used for measurement of advertisement efforts and facilitates payment of referral-fees between websites. At the end of a session
RUL This is used by Google DoubleClick to determine whether website advertisement has been properly displayed. This is done to make their marketing efforts more efficient. 1 year
test_cookie This is used by Google DoubleClick to check if the user's browser supports cookies. 1 day
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE This is used by YouTube to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. 179 days
YSC This is used by YouTube to register a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. At the end of a session
yt.innertube::nextId This is used by YouTube to register a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. Persistent
yt.innertube::requests This is used by YouTube to register a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. Persistent
yt-remote-cast-installed This is used by YouTube to store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. At the end of a session
yt-remote-connected-devices This is used by YouTube to store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. Persistent
yt-remote-device-id This is used by YouTube to store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. Persistent
yt-remote-fast-check-period This is used by YouTube to store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. At the end of a session
yt-remote-session-app This is used by YouTube to store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. At the end of a session
yt-remote-session-name This is used by YouTube to store the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. At the end of a session
Published 05 July 2021

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