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Our use of cookies

Our use of cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

How do cookies work?

A website's cookies store information on your computer or mobile device, which is sent back to that website each time you visit. Sometimes this information is essential to access a website's functions - for example if you need to log in, register for a seminar or apply for jobs, a cookie will allow the website to recognise your log-in details.
Cookies can also be used to build a profile of your activity on a website - which pages you visit, how long you spend on each page. A website may then use this information to tailor the pages that you see when you visit the site in the future.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies for two purposes:

  • To track your 'session state' so that when you interact with our website it is able to retrieve data that is specific to you. This allows you to login to our website, for example.
  • To create statistical data about how our visitors find and use our website. This allows us to improve the performance of the website. The information we collect is anonymous, it cannot be used to identify you personally.

All information collected will be processed fully in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

A list of the cookies used by this website, and their purpose, is provided below. 

Used by File name Expires Purpose
Web applications PHPSESSID On closing browser These cookies are used to store server-side, user-specific data in order to maintain a session state for the visitor, and to 'remember' their preferences. Our website uses this data to process user requests. Some functions of the website depend on these cookies and may not work properly, or at all, if they are disabled.
  exp_tracker On closing browser
  exp_last_visit 1 year from set/update
  exp_last_activity 1 year from set/update
  exp_stashid 2 hours from set/update
Google Analytics _utma 2 years from set/update These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
  _utmb 30 minutes from set/update
  _utmc On closing browser
  _utmz 6 months from set/update

Can I control or delete cookies?

All recent versions of popular browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) allow you to control cookies. You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain cookies. You might, for example, be happy to accept a cookie that allows you to log in to a website, but prefer to reject any which are used to build a profile of your internet usage. You can also set your browser to prompt you each time a cookie is offered.

For more information, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile device you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To prevent Google Analytics cookies being set, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On

Please note that if you restrict or delete cookies used by this website then it may not function as intended.