Our Cookies policy

We use a number of different cookies on our site. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit http://www.aboutcookies.org for detailed guidance.

The list below describe the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for. Currently we show all users a ‘warning’ if you like to ensure they know that cookies are being use on the site. If you are not happy, then you should either not use this site, or you should delete the cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.)

Necessary

Cookie Name Expires Cookie Purpose
hidewarning 5 Years We have a cookie which will stop the warning you saw when you visited this website, we have this cookie so you don’t have to keep seeing a red warning box in the right bottom corner of your screen.

Statistics

Cookie Name Expires Cookie Purpose
_dc_gtm_UA-# 1 Day Used by Google Tag Manager to control the loading of a Google Analytics script tag.
_ga 2 Years Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
_gid 1 Day Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
collect Session Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

Marketing

Cookie Name Expires Cookie Purpose
_gcl_au 3 Months Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.
ads/ga-audiences Session Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.
IDE 1 Year Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
MUID 1 Year Used widely by Microsoft as a unique user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.
MUIDB 1 Year Registers data on visitors from multiple visits and on multiple websites. This information is used to measure the efficiency of advertisement on websites.
ANON 1 Month Contains the ANID, a unique identifier derived from your Microsoft account, which is used for advertising, personalisation and operational purposes. It is also used to preserve your choice to opt out of interest-based advertising from Microsoft if you have chosen to associate the opt-out with your Microsoft account.
NAP 2 Years Contains an encrypted version of your country, postcode, age, gender, language and occupation, if known, based on your Microsoft account profile.
DSID 2 Weeks Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
pagead/1p-user-list/# Session Unclassified
test_cookie 1 Day Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.
1P_JAR 1 Month Google advertising cookie for user tracking purposes.
APSID 2 Years Google advertising cookie for user tracking purposes.
HSID Session Used by Google to contain digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time. The combination of these two cookies allows us to block many types of attack, such as attempts to steal the content of forms that you complete on web pages.
NID 1 Year The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.
SID Session Used by Google to contain digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time. The combination of these two cookies allows us to block many types of attack, such as attempts to steal the content of forms that you complete on web pages.

Why so far away?
We don’t want to keep pestering you with that warning in the bottom of the screen, so we make it expire way out into the future so you can browse freely.

What about if there are changes?
If there are any changes we would like to alert you about, we will expire the cookie straight away once you come back to the site, if we have made any important changes to the way our cookies work. Usually, we would ask for consent before creating a new cookie.