Cookie policy

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer (or other device such as a mobile phone) by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work and to improve browsing experiences. Cookies are also used in order to provide information to website owners and their partners in order to analyse website use and to tailor advertising.

Important information about how we use cookies

We use cookies to improve the experience of using our website. We may use cookies to store some log in details, but never passwords, used when accessing parts of the website(s) in order to help us to provide you with a better service. Cookies make it easier for you to log on and use the website(s) during future visits. They also allow us to personalise the content and enable you to easily share it.

Some of the advertisers and web analytics organisations we work with also place cookies on your computer via our website in order to tailor advertising that you see on other websites and to help us analyse the effectiveness of our online marketing.

How to disable cookies

By using this site without disabling cookies you will be indicating that you are happy for cookies that appear in the table below to be placed on your computer. You can disable these cookies at any time by adjusting the settings in your browser. The help function in your browser should tell you how to do this. However, you may not be able to use some of the features on our website(s) without some of the cookies.

The table below lists the cookies we may use, why we use them and where you can find out more about them.

Cookies Name Expiry Purpose
Universal analytics _ga
2 years
24 hrs
10 mins
10 mins

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

To find out more about Google Analytics cookies, please visit:

Double click ads DSID
1 year
1 year 6 months

These cookies are used in conjunction with a DoubleClick tag. These cookies help us deliver targeted advertisements to visitors to our website when they visit third party websites. Doubleclick use cookies to track and report on conversions. User data is anonymous.

To find out more about DoubleClick cookies, please visit:

Application Insights Ai_session
30 mins
30 mins

This website uses Application Insights, a web analytics service provided by Microsoft, Inc. ("Microsoft"). Application Insights uses "cookies", to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Microsoft on servers in the USA. Microsoft will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Microsoft may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Microsoft's behalf.

To find out more about Application insights, please visit:



2 years
2 years
2 years
2 years
2 years
2 years
2 years
6 months

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

To find out more about Youtube cookies, please visit:



 2 years
 2 years
 2 years
These cookies are used when integrating Facebook and the sharing of content.


End of browser session
2 years
2 years 
LinkedIn cookies are used in order to enable content to be shared. LinkedIn cookies are also used to gather information on how website content is shared.
 Twitter _hjClosedSurveyInvites
1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year
Hotjar is an analytics and feedback tool that we use to understand how our website is used and improve usability. Hotjar sets cookies to help us track behaviour across pages and to control visitor polls. The cookies carry no personally identifiable information. To find out more about Hotjar cookies, please visit
Google Plus  GAPS  2 years Some of our pages use sharing buttons or other features from Google Plus, a social media network. Google may set cookies for this service.