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, 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 through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

Manage your own cookies

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through reading "Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them".

Our use of cookies

Cookies to enhance your experience

We set a session cookie that allows us to maintain the state of your visit whilst viewing our web site. This may include a user preference or current progress in a series of steps.

Name

Typical content

Expiry

PHPSESSID

randomly generated alphanumeric identifier

when user exits browser

Add This 

We also make use of 'add this' buttons to make it easier for you to share content from the website with others via email or social networks.  This service sets the following cookies:

        Name          

        Typical content          

        Expires after          

__atuvc

Two numbers

Two years 

 uid

Alphanumeric

Two years 

 uit

Number

One day

 uvc

Two numbers 

Two years

 psc

Number

Two years

For further details on the cookies set by Add This, please refer to the Add this website.

YouTube

YouTube videos embedded on the website sets the following cookies:

Name

Typical content

Expiry

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 

Alphanumeric

Seven months

use_hitbox 

Alphanumeric 

When user exits browser

pref

Alphanumeric

10 years

For further details on the cookies set by YouTube, please refer to the Google website.

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name

Typical content

Expiry

_utma

Randomly generated number

Two years

_utmb

Randomly generated number

30 minutes

_utmc

Randomly generated number

When user exits browser

_utmz

Randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)

Six months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website

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