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Information About Cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that our website places on your computer. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse this website and also allows us to improve our site.  Some of the cookies we use are "analytics" cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

 

Analytics Cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count our visitors and to see how visitors move around the website. This helps us to improve the way the website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies help us measure and improve site performance using a service provided by Google Analytics and Omniture.

Cookie

Issuer

Expiry

Purpose


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Google Analytics

2 years

This is a tracking cookie used by Google Analytics to track return visits to a site.

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Google Analytics

30 mins

Google Analytics uses this cookie to establish a session.

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Google Analytics

End of session

Google Analytics uses this cookie to establish a session.

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__utmv

 

Google Analytics

 

Google Analytics uses this cookie to classify visitors for reporting purposes

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__utmz

Google Analytics

6 mths

This cookie tracks where users to our sites come from and which search engines they used. It is also used to determine visitor navigation within the site.

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PREF

Google

2 yrs

This cookie stores user preferences in relation to the google search functionality on our site.

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Omniture Site Catalyst

End of session

This cookie is used by our Site Catalyst tracking software to determine if cookies are enabled in your web browser.

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Omniture Site Catalyst

End of session

This cookie is used by our Site Catalyst tracking software to determine which links have been clicked.

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s_sess

 

Omniture Site Catalyst

End of session

This cookie is used by our Site Catalyst tracking software.

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Omniture Site Catalyst

End of session

This cookie is used by our Site Catalyst tracking software.

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Third Party Cookies

These cookies include social media tools to enhance interaction (such as Facebook and Twitter). If you are signed up to these sites their cookies may be set through our website.

 

Cookie

Issuer

Expiry

Purpose


guest_id

Twitter

2 yrs

This cookie is issued by Twitter. This is written is conjunction with the Twitter feeds on our sites.

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K

Twitter

 

This cookie is issued by Twitter. This is written is conjunction with the Twitter feeds on our sites.

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Tube Mogul

10 yrs

This cookie is written by Brightcove who host the video content on our sites. It used to track video usage. This is an anonymous tracking cookie and doesn’t store any personal information.

 

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Xtc

Add This

2 yrs

This cookie is created and read by a social sharing plug-in called AddThis. This is used to provide analytics data and a more personalised sharing experience.

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uid

Add This

2 yrs

This cookie is created and read by a social sharing plug-in called AddThis. This is used to provide analytics data and a more personalised sharing experience.

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uvc

Add This

2 yrs

This cookie is created and read by a social sharing plug-in called AddThis. This is used to provide analytics data and a more personalised sharing experience.

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uit

Add This

1 day

This cookie is created and read by a social sharing plug-in called AddThis. This is used to provide analytics data and a more personalised sharing experience.

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Psc

Add This

2 yrs

This cookie is created and read by a social sharing plug-in called AddThis. This is used to provide analytics data and a more personalised sharing experience.

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__atuvc

Add This

2 yrs

This cookie is created and read by a social sharing plug-in called AddThis. The cookie makes sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page.

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Functional Cookies

These cookies are essential to basic site functionality. They are anonymous and are automatically deleted when you close your browser.

 

Cookie

Issuer

Expiry

Purpose


ASP.NET_SessionId

The FA

End of session

This cookie is temporary and is needed for the site to work. It ensures that you are recognised when you move from page to page within one site and that any information you have entered is remembered.

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.ASPXAUTH

TheFA

End of session

This temporary cookie allows us to know when you have signed in to our site.

 

X-Mapping-*

The FA

End of session

These temporary cookies are added by the Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (ZXTM). They ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within one site and that you are not sent to a different server within our web farm.

 

 

Blocking Cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the placing on your computer of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including functional cookies) you may not be able to use all or parts of this website.  Instructions on how to change your browser settings are available at the following links:

Internet Explorer

 

Google Chrome

 

Mozilla Firefox

 

Safari

Opera

 

Further Information

If you are still unsure about cookies, or you just want help to manage them, then please visit www.allaboutcookies.org

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