Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit some websites. Each cookie has a name and stores a value.  They allow web applications to respond to you as an individual.

Cookie expiration

When a cookie is set, it is given an expiry date.  This is the date that your browser will automatically remove it from your computer.  When you re-visit a website, the expiry date can be updated to maintain the cookie.  Cookies can also be set to expire as soon as you leave a website, when you close your browser, or when you restart your computer.  These are called ‘session variables’ or ‘session cookies’ and they are used to keep track of your actions within a website.  Some session variables are essential for a website to function properly, such as websites that you log-into for example.

Deleting Cookies

You can manually delete any existing cookies stored on your computer – please refer to the help documentation for your browser of choice for more information on deleting, enabling and disabling cookies, on the following links:

Types of Cookie and How We Use them

Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. They enable us to tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes, by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.  Cookies can be grouped into 4 categories based on their purpose or function.

1: Essential Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies the website cannot perform as intended.

The following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Essential’:

Cookie NameUsed for
ASP.NET_SessionId Remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session.

By using our website/online service, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

2: Performance Cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors uses our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor, so is therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works and the information & services we provide.

The following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Performance':

Cookie NameUsed for
__utma
__utmb
__utmc
__utmz
These are cookies used by Google Analytics.
Web analytics - where the data collected is limited to the website operator's use only, for managing the performance & design of the site.
The information is for the exclusive use of the publisher of the website visited.

By using our website/online service, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

3: Functionality Cookies

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience when visiting the website. They allow the site to remember choices you make while on the site, enabling us to provide you with enhanced, more personal features. For example, a site may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in your geographical location in a cookie. They may also be used to remember your username for the next time you return, or language preferences. The information these cookies collect cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

The following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Functionality’:

Cookie NameUsed for
None in use  

By using our website/online service, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

4: Targeting / Advertising Cookies

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. They are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They can also be used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.

The following is a list of the cookies that we have defined as ‘Targeting’:

Cookie NameUsed for
__stid (set by ShareThis)
__uset (set by ShareThis)
__IUD (set by ShareThis)
__UIDR (set by ShareThis)
Storing information by ShareThis (http://sharethis.com/) which provides the service which allows sharing of pages to social websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

By using our website/online service, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

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