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
 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.







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. 



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

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





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





When you click on the "AddThis" button it allows you to spread content across the web making it easier for you to bookmark and share with other peoples. These cookies enable this process.

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: AboutCookies.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 2 years ago