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How we use cookies

Our website uses cookies and similar tracking technologies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s machine.

Your choices

You are in control of your privacy. Please let us know what cookies we can use. You can change your choices at any time by using the cookie preference dashboard accessible by clicking on the “C” icon located in the bottom left hand corner of our website.

You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. For more information about cookies, how they work, how to delete them from your browser, and what choices you can make through your own browser settings see

Cookies used on our website

Analytical cookies:                                                                

Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Analytical cookies used on our website:

Provider Cookie name Purpose Expiry
Google Analytics  _ga Google analytics uses the _ga and _gid cookies to distinguish unique users and pages that users have seen.  2 years
Google Analytics  _gat Used to throttle request rate.  1 day
Google Analytics  _gid Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.  1 day
 AddThis _at.hist.# Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to store the user’s usage history of the AddThis sharing widget.  Persistent


Marketing cookies:                                       

Marketing cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant ads and marketing campaigns. These cookies track visitors across websites and collect information to provide customised ads.

Marketing cookies used on our website:

Provider Cookie name Purpose Expiry
 AddThis  _atuvc  Updates the counter of a websites social sharing feature.  1 year
AddThis  _atuvcs  Ensures that the updates counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with social sharing service, AddThis.  1 day
AddThis  _at.cww  Used by social sharing platform AddThis  Persistent
AddThis at-lojson-cache-#   Used by social sharing platform AddThis Persistent
AddThis at-rand  Used by social sharing platform AddThis Persistent
 AddThis loc Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).  1 year
 AddThis uvc Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user.  1 year
 AddThis xtc Registers the user’s sharing of content via social media.  1 year


For further information about how we use personal data please see our Privacy Policy