When you access our website or login to our secure area we send you an encrypted session cookie. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of the site.

Disabling/ enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you will not be able to login to the website if cookies are disabled. You can also manually remove cookies from your system. For more information on disabling and enabling cookies you should search for or lookup 'cookies' in your operating system documentation.

Transparency - our use of cookies

Cookies set by us
When you access our website or login to our secure area we send you an encrypted session cookie. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This cookie is used to validate your access to different parts of the site.

Name of cookie Expiry Data stored Purpose
WAMUSER End of session Encrypted session ID Created after login. Used to validate your authenticated session throughout our secure online services.
ASP.NET_SessionId End of session Encrypted session state data Created whenever you access one of our online applications. Used to store state information for the application as it is used.
ASP.NET.ApplicationCookie End of session Encrypted session data Used by some of our applications to contain session specific information.
RequestVerificationToken End of session Encrypted session ID Created on login and used to validate your authenticated session throughout our secure online services.
bcs_cookie 12 months Flag that is either not present, or has the value 'set' A flag that indicates an active login / sign in.
bcsSignin No expiry Contains hashed username and user id for the logged in user Used for login.


Third party cookies

Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how people use our site.

Name of cookie Expiry Data stored Purpose
__utma 2 years from set / update Google Analytics Unique ID number Tracking data for Google Analytics. Helps work out unique visitor numbers.
__utmb 30 minutes from set / update Google Analytics Unique ID number Tracking data for Google Analytics. Helps work out visitor session length.
__utmbc End of session Google Analytics Unique ID number Tracking data for Google Analytics. Helps work out visitor session length and whether a session has expired.
__utmz 6 months from set / update Google Analytics Unique ID tracking numbers Tracking data for Google Analytics. Used to work out referrals from other domains.
_cfduid 9 months Unique id for website visitors Cloudflare cookie, used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.
_ai_session 30 minutes Value created to identify unique sessions Tracking data for Microsoft Application Insights. Helps work out visitor session length and whether a session has expired.
_ai_user 9 months Value created to identify unique users Tracking data for Microsoft Application Insights. Helps work out unique visitor numbers.


Brightcove
If you watch a video on our website, this is streamed to you from a video streaming platform hosted at Brightcove.

The following cookies are set by Brightcove when you watch one of these videos. Their purpose is to help us measure volumes of usage so we know how popular our videos are.

Name of cookie Expiry Data stored Purpose
_tmcm 1 month Brightcove unique ID number Tracking data for Brightcove Analytics. Helps work out unique visitor numbers and session lengths.
_ds 1 month Brightcove unique ID number Tracking data for Brightcove Analytics. Helps work out unique visitor numbers and session lengths.
_tmid 1 month Brightcove unique ID  number Tracking data for Brightcove Analytics. Helps work out unique visitor numbers and session lengths.


Pardot
This website uses Pardot, a marketing automation solution provided by Salesforce. Pardot uses cookies to help us align our sales and marketing.

Name of cookie Expiry Data stored Purpose
visitor_id 10 years A unique visitor number Collects information to Pardot for marketing purposes.