About cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that contains data, placed on your computer or device by our website each time you visit it. The data contained within these tiny files are read each time your web browser requests a page from our web server and provides practical benefits to you by making access to our website a smoother experience than it otherwise would be.

Cookies are used by all websites, and have several different functions. At a basic level cookies will: 

  • Allow the site to work properly 
  • Help us understand how people use the website 

Although we have always used cookies, following the changes in legislation by the EU Cookie directive, all websites are now required to provide additional information about them in terms of what they are and how they are being used on websites. 

EU Cookie directive

From May 2012, websites using cookies must gain consent of users before doing so, unless the cookies are strictly required for the site to operate or to satisfy a user request.

Some parts of the site may use cookies to remember your logged-in status (for logged-in users), and the current state of choices you have made. These are necessary for the operation of the site and they therefore fall under the exemption set out in the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance: https://ico.org.uk

There is an exception to the requirement to provide information about cookies and obtain consent where the use of the cookie is: 

(a) for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network;

(b) where such storage or access is strictly necessary for the provision of an information society service requested by the subscriber or user.

Further Information is available from the ICO guidance https://ico.org.uk

The types of cookies we use

 Cookie name Purpose
SC_analytics_Global_cookie
SC_Analytics_Session_cookie
 Sitecore (Content management system which supports this website uses this to evaluate your use of the website, allowing ourselves to monitor and improve the website services.
 ASP Net_sessionid This is a session cookie used with .Net. It maintains session state and does not store personal data.

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Login/Session cookie. Ensures the user has logged in and facilitates the security of the inputs. We think this can be considered to be a functional cookie.

Analytics cookies. To provide information about your visit such as to count the number of unique visitors and see how much they move around the site. This helps us to know which areas of the site are most valued and how best to update the site in the future. 

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PHPSESSID

Session cookie. Facilitates the navigation and security of the online forms. We think this can be considered to be a functional cookie. 

Hotjar cookies

Our website www.uss.co.uk (including My USS) uses certain services provided by Hotjar Limited (“Hotjar”), a company that specialises in website analytics and feedback.

Hotjar enabled sites use cookies to collect non-personal information including standard internet log information and details of the End User's behavioural patterns upon visiting a Hotjar enabled site.

Hotjar also uses cookies to determine if a user has opted out of being tracked by Hotjar services.

Cookies that Hotjar stores on your browser expire automatically after 365 days:

Cookie name Description
hjClosedSurveyInvites This cookie is set once a visitor interacts with a survey invitation modal pop-up. It is used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.
_hjDonePolls This cookie is set once a visitor completes a poll using the feedback poll widget. It is used to ensure that the same poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
_hjMinimizedPolls This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a feedback poll widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimised when the visitor navigates through your site.
_hjDoneTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor submits their information in the recruit user testers widget. It is used to ensure that the same form does not reappear if it has already been filled in.
_hjMinimizedTestersWidgets This cookie is set once a visitor minimises a recruit user testers widget. It is used to ensure that the widget stays minimised when the visitor navigates through your site.
_hjDoneSurveys This cookie is set once a visitor completes a survey. It is used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn't completed the survey yet.
_hjIncludedInSample This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate heatmaps, funnels, recordings, etc.
_hjShownFeedbackMessage This cookie is set when a visitor minimises or completes incoming feedback. This is done so that the incoming feedback will load as minimised immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show.

Other third party cookies

USS use a number of suppliers which set cookies through this website in order to deliver the services they provide. 

Cookie name Provider Purpose

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Google Google analytics sets a cookie to evaluate your use of the website, allowing ourselves to monitor and improve the website services.

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Addthis

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You can find out more about these cookies at www.addthis.com/privacy

Please note other websites to which this website may be linked, may also make use of their own cookies.

Disabling cookies

If you do not wish to receive cookies from this website you can adjust your browser settings to refuse or screen cookies, you can find instructions on how to configure this within the majority of web browsers and versions at: https://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

More about your privacy

To find out more about how USS protects your privacy, see our website Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Last updated: about 5 months ago