Cookie Register

Privacy and Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information
    several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to
    do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and
    there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast

We have tried to cover all cookies in this list that we or our service providers use. Please be aware
that there may be a delay in updating this list. If you do notice any discrepancies please be sure to
contact us and let us know.

Removing and disabling cookies

If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this will affect the functionality of the websites you visit.

Cookies to improve service

We use cookies to ensure that style selections persist, so that whilst browsing our website your preferences are stored. The style options available either change the background and font colours, or reformat the page for viewing on mobile devices.

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Expires:1 year

Blackboard uses a technical ‘session’ cookie set by our website to share the number of visitors we get on our site between web servers. This is so the site does not get overloaded and can perform at its optimum potential.

Typical content:randomly generated string
Expires:when user exits browser

Cookies set to ensure authentication

We use cookies to ensure your login persists until you close your browser, if you have logged into an area of our site. These are:

NameTypical contentDomainExpires
PHPSESSIDrandomly generated user exits browser
JSESSIONIDrandomly generated user exits browser
CGISESSIDrandomly generated user exits browser
ASP.NET_SessionIdrandomly generated user exits browser
ksessionidrandomly generated user exits browser
session_idrandomly generated user exits browser
authenticationrandomly generated user exits browser

Accessing your email

NameTypical contentDomainExpires
OwaLberandomly generated user exits browser
sessionidrandomly generated user exits browser
UserContextrandomly generated user exits browser
cadatarandomly generated user exits browser

Cookies set by Google Analytics

We utilise Google Analytics to help us accurately record the number of visitors and volumes of usage of our web site. This analysis allows us to ensure that the service and content is available and relevant when you want it.


NameTypical content UseDomainExpires
_utmarandomly generated number tracks the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first years
_utmbrandomly generated number track how long a particular visit minutes
 _utmc randomly generated number track how long a particular visit user exits browser
 _utmz randomly generated number tracks which site or search engine the visitor came from, the link clicked or
keyword used, and the visitor's geographic location months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website

Cookies set by third party services

Throughout the site we utilise the services of external service providers to enhance the visitor's experience. They set cookies to enhance their service or to track usage or to validate users. These cookies are only set when the page that uses that service is visited.


We have some embedded YouTube videos on our website, when viewing these videos YouTube may place a cookie on your device to improve the viewing process. For further details on the cookies set by YouTube please refer to the YouTube Privacy Policy.

NameTypical contentDomainExpires
lastLogonString containing the username/email address of the person signed hours
userRolesrandomly generated user exits browser