We use cookies on this website. The next few sections contain information on the following:

        What are cookies?

        Why do we use cookies?

        What cookies do we use?

        How to control cookies.

What are Cookies

Where we use the word ‘device', we mean the computer, mobile phone, tablet or other device you use to access the internet.

Cookies are created when you visit a website that uses cookies. Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are either stored in the memory of your device or are placed on the hard drive of your device.

If you'd like to read more about cookies, we think this website contains a lot of helpful information: 

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of this website and to provide increased functionality on our website. This helps us to provide you with a better user experience and also allows us to work to improve our website.

We don't use any of our cookies to collect personal information about you, only anonymous information. We don't use any of our cookies to target you with online advertising.

Please note that not all the cookies on our website are set by us (see Cookies set by third parties below). 

What cookies do we use? 

We use two different types of cookie: Strictly Necessary Cookies and Performance Cookies. 

Strictly Necessary Cookies - These cookies are essential. Without them, you wouldn't be able to move around our website or use its features. We use these cookies to:

  • Allow your computer to be recognised within a website so any page changes, item or data selection is remembered; and
  • Detect software on your device which enables content on our website. 

These cookies are only stored for the duration of your visit to our website.

Performance Cookies - These cookies aren't essential but they provide us with useful anonymous information about how people use our website. Without them, it would be difficult for us to understand how our website is performing and we may miss out on the opportunity to make improvements that could enhance your user experience. We use these cookies to:

  • Obtain statistics about how our website is used (including which pages are visited most often and how users came to visit our website);
  • Evaluate website performance; and
  • Help us ensure that the content and features on our website are relevant for your future visits. 

Within the site there are currently 8 first party cookies that are being set. 

The cookies are listed below and are classified by the ICO cookie categorization.

CMS Cookies

Classification: Strictly necessary 

These cookies are session cookies that are used to link a user to a session and determine if the users browser supports javascript.

Name Expires
The Session ID Immediately
has_js End of session



Classification: Performance

The following four cookies are set by Google Analytics to track visits to the site. 

Name Expires
__utma Now + 2 years
__utmb Now + 30 minutes
__utmc End of session
__utmz Now + 6 months

Privacy policy:


Classification: Performance  

The following cookies are set by YouTube embedded videos.

Name Expires
HSID Now + 10 years
PREF Now + 10 years
SID Now + 10 years
SSID Now + 10 years
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Now + 7 months
demographics Now + 1.5 years

Privacy policy:


Classification: Performance  

The following cookies are set from the facebook like box

Name Expires
datr Now + 2 years
locate Now + 5 days

Privacy policy:


Category: Performance, Functionality

 The following cookies are set by embedded tweets in the blog.

Name Expires
_twitter_sess End of session
guest_id Now + 23 months
k Now + 2 years
original_referer End of session

Privacy policy:

Careers page 

Classification:  Performance, Functionality

The following cookies are used by the recruitment pages, to record sessions whilst searching and applying for jobs.

Name Expires
The session ID Immediately
has_js End of session


How to control cookies

How to control cookies on this and other websites: You can use your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari etc) to allow, switch off or delete cookies on this and other websites. Each web browser is different so check the ‘Help' function of your particular browser to determine how to update your cookie settings. If you are having difficulty updating your cookie settings, we recommend the website: It contains a step by step guide explaining how to update your cookies settings on most web browsers. Please note that, in a few cases, switching off or deleting cookies may reduce the functionality of or prevent access to certain websites (including this website). 

Cookies set by third parties

We use a number of social media tools and external applications to enhance your interaction with this website - for example, we sometimes embed videos from YouTube. As a result, you may be sent cookies from these third party websites. We do not control these cookies and we suggest you check these third party websites for more information about the cookies they use. Please also see How to control cookies on this and other websites above for guidance on how you can switch off or delete cookies on other websites.