How we use cookies

We want to make our services easy, useful and reliable. When services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone – whichever device you use to access our site. These include small files known as cookies.

Cookies are used to improve services for you by:

  • 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 that you don’t need to do so for every webpage requested
  • measuring how many people are using our services so that we can make them easier to use and ensure that there is enough capacity to make sure they are fast

Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally. You can find out more about managing cookies at GOV.UK.

The following tables show the cookies that are set by and the third-party services we use.

Measuring website usage

We measure website usage so that we can gain a better understanding of how people use our site. This enables us to improve the information that we provide. It also ensures that the service is available when you want it, and that it delivers information quickly. We use Google Analytics to gather this data.

_gaThis cookie contains an identifier made up of two randomly generated numbers. It is used for tracking individuals’ visits to the site.Two years
_gat_UA-17566412-10Used to prevent excessive tracking data being recorded.10 minutes

This cookie is used to define the version of test content a user sees during A/B testing.

30 days

Please note that, if you are logged into the site, your _ga unique identifier is linked to your account login. This data is anonymised, so you are not personally identifiable in the cookie. However, clearing or deleting your cookies will not result in you being considered a new user when you next log in.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable you to move around our website and use essential features. Strictly necessary cookies do not gather information about you, but allow us to determine the number of unique visitors and to provide certain features.

Has_jsDetermines whether you have JavaScript enabled in your browser.When you close the browser
SSESSXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXSession cookie containing a randomly generated string created when you log into the site.When you close the browser

Social media

We give you the opportunity to share our website via social media. In order to make this possible, social media sites leave cookies on your device. For more information on these cookies and what they do, please refer to the relevant site.


We use YouTube to provide the videos on some of the pages across the site. To find out more about the cookies this provider has set, please visit the relevant site.


We use cookies to make our advertising more engaging and relevant to users. We use that information to focus advertising on what’s relevant to a user, to improve performance reporting, and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen.

For example, we use cookies to remember your most recent searches, your previous interactions with our ads or search results, and your visits to our website.

We may also use data from conversion cookies to determine how many times people who click on our ads end up registering on our site. Conversion cookies are not used by Google for interest-based ad targeting and persist for a limited time only. All cookie data we receive from Google for advertising and tracking is fully anonymous.

Changing your cookie settings in your browser

Whichever browser you’re using, you can make changes to the way it manages cookies at any time. 

Find out how to change your cookie settings in:

Alternatively, visit for a comprehensive guide to cookies and changing your settings. 

Find out how we use your personal data when you register with the NCTL. 

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Train to Teach Newcastle University

24 February 2018 13:00

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27 February 2018 16:30

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28 February 2018 16:30

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01 March 2018 16:30

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