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Cookie policy

The Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering UK understand that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits our website, and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described in our Privacy Notices, and in a way that is consistent with our obligations and your rights under the law.

Cookies are small text files stored on your computing device when you visit Our Site and may be used to enable websites to run more effectively or to identify your device when you return to a website.

Our Site uses cookies to make it easier to use, to support the provision of relevant information and functionality to you, as well as to provide us with information about how Our Site is used. The type of cookies we currently use on Our Site is set out below. Certain cookies can be set as soon as you visit Our Site.

Before Cookies are placed on your computer or device, you will be shown a pop-up requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of Cookies you are enabling us to provide the best possible experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies; however certain features of Our Site may not function fully or as intended

You can choose to manage the cookies we use on Our Site through your browser settings at any time. Preventing cookies is likely to affect our ability to update this Site to cater for user preferences and improve its performance.

The information below distinguishes between "first-party and third-party cookies". Whether a cookie is first or third party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those used by this Site. Third-party cookies that are set by a domain other than this Site. If you visit this Site and another entity sets a cookie through it, this would be a third-party cookie.


Cookie Category Details
Strictly necessary

These cookies will be essential first-party session cookies, and if persistent or third party, there should be a good justification for this. Not all first-party session cookies will fall into the ‘strictly necessary’ category for the purposes of the legislation. Strictly necessary cookies will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify the user as unique to other users currently viewing the website, to provide a consistent and accurate service to the user.

Our Site uses strictly necessary cookies to:

  • Remember previous actions (e.g. user entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session
  • Load balancing session cookies for the duration of a session. Third-party social plug-in content sharing cookies (for members of a social network who have already logged in) which do not track users.

Performance cookies allow us to update this Site to cater for Site user preferences and improve performance. They collect information about how our Site is used (for example, which pages users visit most often and where error messages are delivered). These cookies don't collect information that identifies individuals. All information is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

Our Site uses performance cookies to:

  • Provide statistics on how this Site is used (including selections that you have made and services that you have viewed, during your use of this Site)
  • Gather non-user specific technical data regarding usage of this Site and provide statistics on how our Site is used
  • Help us improve this Site by measuring any errors that occur
  • Test different designs of our Site

We use Google Analytics for these purposes (please see below for further information).


Functional cookies allow our Site to remember choices you make, and any customisations you make to Site pages during your visit. They are necessary to provide features and services specific to individual users.

Our Sites uses functional cookies to:

  • Remember that you have been provided with our cookie information and consent notification
  • Fulfil a request by a user, such as using social media to share content on this Site
  • Remember the selected country/location and language.

Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to user interests. These cookies are usually third-party cookies.

Our Site uses targeting cookies:

  • To collect browsing habits to target relevant adverts to the users on other websites. This is called remarketing
  • In conjunction with a service implemented by the Site to increase functionality, such as adding a site to the user’s social network and providing maps.
Cookies type Design

Persistent cookies remain on a device for the period specified in the cookie. They are activated each time the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.


Session cookies contain information that is stored in a temporary memory location and then subsequently deleted after the session is completed or the web browser is closed. This cookie stores information that the user has inputted and tracks the movements of the user within the website. A session cookie is also known as transient cookie.


What are the specific cookies used on Our Site?


Cookie name Purpose Category First party or third party cookie? Session or persistent?
ASP.NET_SessionId It’s a temporary cookie which assigns an identification number to each visitor so that they can navigate the site correctly. Strictly necessary First Session
.ASPROLES It recognises registered users and allows them to access their account preferences Strictly necessary First Session
.ASPXFORMSAUTH It is used to authenticate users when login to Academy’s web site. Strictly necessary First Session
Cookie Acceptance Site cookie This cookie is set to help us remember that you have seen the cookie message required by law and accepted it. Strictly necessary First Persistent
Cookie Acceptance Site Consent cookies
analytics, socialsharing
It will place a cookie to remember your consent for the category such as “analytics” or “social sharing”. If “analytics” settings are accepted, it will allow the google analytics cookies to store and vice versa If “social sharing” settings are accepted, it will allow them to store cookies for social sharing & vice versa. This cookie will be removed when the user revokes consent to that category. Functional First Persistent
CMSPreferredCulture Records your preferred language and regional settings. Functional First Persistent
Google Analytics
_utma, _utma, _utmb,_utmc,
Are used to generate statistics about visitors to the website to help improve the website. It collects information in anonymous form. Performance First Persistent
CMS CurrentContact This cookie helps us understand how visitors use our web site. Performance First Persistent
__stid is a random unique identifier not tied to any personally identifiable information (PII), and is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share. Targeting Third Persistent
_uset indicate when a user has been cookied so that we don't repeat the task in the next 8 hours Targeting Third Persistent Twitter cookies
twitter_sess, Perzonalization_id, guest_id, ct0
Used for Twitter sharing buttons. Targeting Third Persistent Facebook
datr, lsd, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, reg_ext_ref, wd, _e_3bXO_0
Used for Facebook Targeting Third Persistent cookies
These are publicity cookies, used to improve publicity. Targeting Third Persistent


For further information about Google Analytics, visit:



Social media website cookies

Users can ‘like’ or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter where we have included sharing buttons on Our Site.

The privacy implications for this will vary from social media network to social network media and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.


Cookies policy doesn't cover third party websites

Please note that this Cookies Policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, the privacy practices of third party websites which may be linked or accessed through Our Site.


Changes to this Cookies Policy

We may change this Cookies Notice and we would encourage you to review the policy from time to time to stay informed of how we are using cookies. This Cookies Policy was last updated May 2018.