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      There are two main types of cookies

      Session Cookies:

      • are temporary cookies;
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      • cannot be read by a website other than the one that sent the cookie.

      Persistent cookies:

      • remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer - the length of time will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie;
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      • allow us to tailor content to match your preferences. This also prevents you from having to Log In on every visit; and
      • cannot be read by a website other than the one that sent the cookie.

      We use the following cookies:

      • Site preferences cookies. In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences we need to set cookies so that this information can be recalled whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences;
      • Third Party Cookies. In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site;
      • Analytical/performance. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily;
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      Also from time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.

      You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purpose for which we use them in the table below:

      Cookie

      Name

      Purpose

      Expiry

      Session Control

      ASP.Net_SessionID

      This cookie is essential for our site to recognise you when you return to our site.

      Session

      AddThis

      _atuvc

      This cookie enables visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.

      2 Years

      Google

      _utma

      Google Analytics: These cookies are used for tracking the path of visitors through the website and identifying returning visitors. Statistics derived from this information help us identify how well certain pages and aspects of the site perform, and where we can make improvements to help visitors access the information they need more quickly and with less hassle.

      6 Hours

      Google

      _utmb

      1 Day

      Google

      _utmc

      Session

      Google

      _utmz

      6 Months

      Google

      _utmt

      This cookie is used to throttle request rates.

      10 Minutes

      Google

      _ga

      This cookie is used to distinguish users.

      2 Years

      Google

      _gid

      This cookie is used to distinguish users.

      1 Day

      Style

      style

      This cookie is used for the website's built-in accessibility features to change the display colour scheme or font size, the site stores a cookie to remember your preference so that your experience remains consistent throughout your visit, and when you visit again in future.

      12 Months

      Please note that third parties (including, for example, social media networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

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