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Our use of cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the Internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you.

If you wish to control the cookies that are set on your computer, the help function in your browser should tell you how. The About Cookies website also provides instructions for a number of different browsers.

Cookies set by this website

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using this site; 'First party cookies' and 'Third party cookies'.

First party cookies: these are our own cookies and are necessary in order for this website to function.
Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site.

As this site uses different cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

First party cookies:

Name: SESSxxxID
Purpose: Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session.
Typical content: A unique id that ties the current session to a database settings table.
Expires: One week.

Name: has_js
Purpose: This helps the website understand your web browser's Javascript functionality.
Typical content: An on/off flag that denotes whether or not the browser supports Javascript.
Expires: When you close your browser.

Name: cookie-agreed-en
Purpose: Enables us to remember if you accept cookies from this website.
Typical content: An on/off flag that denotes whether or not you accept cookies.
Expires: 4 months from set/update.

Name: colours
Purpose: Enables us to remember which accessibility colour you are using.
Typical content: A string detailing which colour scheme you have chosen.
Expires: 1 year from set/update.

Name: text_resize
Purpose: Enables us to remember which text size to display the content at.
Typical content: A string detailing which text size you have chosen.
Expires: When you close your browser.

Name: text_resize_line_height
Purpose: Enables us to remember which text size to display the content at.
Typical content: A string detailing which text size you have chosen.
Expires: When you close your browser.

Third party cookies:

We use Google Analytics who also set cookies on your machine when you visit this website. This site does not control the dissemination of these cookies.

Provider: Google Analytics
Name: __utma
Purpose: Provides a unique ID for each web browser that visits this site.
Expires: 2 years from set/update.

Provider: Google Analytics
Name: __utmb
Purpose: Used to establish and continue a user session with this website.
Expires: 30 minutes from set/update.

Provider: Google Analytics
Name: _utmc
Purpose: Used to establish and continue a user session with this website.
Expires: When you close your browser.

Provider: Google Analytics
Name: _utmz
Purpose: Used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within this site.
Expires: 6 months from set/update.

If you would like more information, please refer to Cookies & Google Analytics and Google's Privacy Policy.