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The European Union (EU) Cookie Directive

The law which applies to how we use cookies on websites changed on 26 May 2011 and companies were given 12 months to comply. So, from 26 May 2012 we are required to gain your consent to store most cookies on your device.

What are Cookies and why are they used?

Cookies are small files which identify your computer to our server. We send these to your computer for the following reasons:

  • to tailor the website to your browser
  • to help us analyse the use of the website
  • to allow applications on our website to work correctly  - for example, making sure that we know when you have logged on or off and which part of an application you are accessing

We will not use cookies to store any personally identifiable information about you. We will not make any attempt to find out the identities of people visiting our website without their prior permission. 

If we want to collect personally identifiable information through our website – for example when you request a service from us - we will tell you beforehand. We will make it clear when we collect this information and will explain what we intend to do with it. 

How many types of Cookies are there?

There are two types of Cookies in use on our sites:

Session Cookies

These are temporary Cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you close your internet browser. This information is not stored after you have left the site.

Many of these types of session cookies are used for the sole purpose of carrying out a particular service such as completing an online application form or making an online payment. Without using such cookies these services would not work properly. Because of this, the directive states that they are exempt from the new rules, and that consent is implied provided an explanation is given.

Persistent cookies

These remain in the Cookie file of your browser for a longer period of time.  The length of time will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie but this may be indefinitely or until deleted.

Most of the persistent cookies that we use relate to Google Analytics.  We use these cookies to help us gather information about how many people visit our site, and what pages they visit. We cannot identify individuals from this information.  We use the information to help us to see where we need to improve our site for the benefit of our customers.

How can I control the use of cookies?

From 1st June 2012, we have introduced a cookie control box that allows you to opt in to accepting Google Analytics cookies.

When you visit our web pages you will see an additional pop-up box that asks for your consent.  Once you have given your consent you will not be asked again unless, for some reason, you clear your cookies from your device.  If you do not give your consent, we will not be able to hold this information and so we will have to ask you each time you visit a page. 

We will not ask for your consent to use session cookies because these are needed to provide you with the service you are requesting.

You can disable cookies through your web browser settings, but you may find you are unable to do what you want to do if you do this.  You can find out more how to do this within the ‘Help’ function of your browser.

The About Cookies website also gives you information about managing cookies on a wide variety of browsers.

Cookies that we use on our sites

The following sections contain detailed information about the cookies we use on our web sites ( and and pages, with information on why they are used.

Google Analytics cookies – used on all our sites

Google Analytics cookies are also used on our web sites. You can choose to opt out of Google Analytics on all websites by using the Google Analytics opt-out tool.

Cookie Breakdown

Cookie Name(s)




Pubilc Website (
Google Analytics






Use: Analytical

Session (_utmc)

Persistent (utma, _utmb, _utmz)

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Cookie acceptance



Use: Usability

Persistent (3 months)


Used to indicate that you have consented to accepting cookies.



Use: Usability


These are used by pages that use pane sliders (such as the FAQ page) to remember which panes were last open as you move away from and return those pages.

Joomla Security

(random string)

Use: Security


We maintain a randomly named cookie as a security measure to avoid attacks on the website.  The information stored in the cookie is completely random.

This cookie is necessary for the correct operation of the website and you consent to this cookie when you use the site.

DerbyLearn (
Session Control


Session Essential cookie required to provide continuity and maintain your session (login) from page to page.



Persistent Optional. Remembers your username within the browser. This means when you return to this site the username field on the login page will be already filled out for you. It is safe to refuse this cookie - you will just have to retype your username every time you log in.
StaffPages (
Forms Authenticatication .ASPXAUTH

Use: Usability

Essential cookie required to provide authentication information when you are logged in.
Session Control ASP.NET_SessionId

Use: Usability

Essential cookie required to provide continuity and maintain your session (login) from page to page.
Authenticatication userroles Persistent (1 hour) Essential cookie required to provide additional user information while you are logged in.

Cookies set by third party websites

We sometimes embed video, images or other content from websites such as YouTube, Flickr and Twitter. We may also allow you to share links to content on our site with other websites by the use of “Share” buttons.

As we have no control over the cookies set by these websites, please look at the relevant third party websites for more information.

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