What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your computer when you access certain websites. Each one typically contains:

  • the name of the server the cookie was sent from,
  • the lifetime of the cookie,
  • a value - usually a randomly generated unique number.

The website server which sent the cookie uses this number to recognize you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie.

Types and use of cookies:

  • session cookie is used by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server's pages,
  • login cookie information is stored in a cookie so the user can enter and leave the website without having to re-enter the same authentication information over and over,
  • social media plug-in cookies (Facebook, Twitter, Google +1). These cookies are not within the control of FDV. When user login, third party application set cookie, and after logout delete it,
  • analytics cookies (Google Analytics) they allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Cookies used by our web site:


 Cookie name




keeps session ID

to the end of the session 


timetable login

30 days or until logout  


My FDV login

30 days or until logout


Google Analytics

 2 years


Google Analytics

 30 mins


Google Analytics

to the end of the session


Google Analytics

 2 years


Google Analytics

 6 months

Manage cookies

If you want to change cookie settings, you can do so in your browser. For more information on different browsers can be found at: