cookies and how we use them

A cookie is a small file placed on your computer's hard drive. It enables our website to identify your computer as you view different pages on our website.

Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences in order to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also enable us to see information like how many people use the website and what pages they tend to visit.

We may use cookies to:

  • analyse our web traffic using an analytics package. Aggregated usage data helps us improve the website structure, design, content and functions
  • test content on our website. For example, 50% of our users might see one piece of content, the other 50% a different piece of content
  • store information about your preferences. The website can then present you with information you will find more relevant and interesting
  • recognise when you return to our website. We may show your relevant content, or provide functionality you used previously


Cookies do not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with us.

Controlling cookies

You can use your web browser’s cookie settings to determine how our website uses cookies. If you do not want our website to store cookies on your computer or device, you should set your web browser to refuse cookies. However, please note that doing this may affect how our website functions. Some pages and services may become unavailable to you.

Unless you have changed your browser to refuse cookies, our website will issue cookies when you visit it.

To learn more about cookies and how they are used, visit All About Cookies.

NameExpiryDescription
__atuvc1 yearThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking platforms. It stores an updated page share count.
__atuvs1 hourThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking platforms. It stores an updated page share count.
_gat30 minsThis cookie name is associated with Google Analytics
_ga2 yearsThis cookie name is associated with Google Analytics
_gid1 DayThis cookie name is associated with Google Analytics
ASP.NET_SessionId30 minsGeneral purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Miscrosoft .NET based technologies
RecentlyViewedPages30 minsThis cookie keeps record within the session of which pages the user has visited and the order
screen-width30 minsThis cookie is used to show the appropriate screen width for the user