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We are allowed to store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we provide an easy way for you to control their use (see below). We will assume you accept our cookie policy if you continue using our site.

For more details on the personal data that we use and the measures we have in place to protect your personal data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

What types of cookies are there?

Cookies fall into two groups:

  • First party cookies are those placed directly by us and are used only by us. We have carefully chosen these cookies and have taken steps to ensure that your privacy and personal data is protected and respected at all times.
  • You may also receive certain third party cookies on your computer or device. Third party cookies are those placed by websites and services other than us, e.g. Twitter or YouTube. We don’t have any control over third party cookies.

Within these groups, there are several different types of cookies that may be used on a website:

  • Strictly necessary cookies - Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
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  • Marketing cookies - Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.

What cookies does our site use?

Necessary cookies

Name of Cookie Purpose First or Third party
exp_sessionid Set by the site to maintain a users secure server session First
PHPSESSID Set by the site to maintain a users secure server session First
exp_sessionid Set by the site to maintain a users secure server session First
exp_last_visit Expression Engine analytics tracking First
exp_csrf_token Expression Engine cookie to improve security First
exp_last_activity Expression Engine analytics tracking First
exp_tracker Expression Engine analytics tracking First
exp_stashid Expression Engine cookie. Used to store server-side data in order to enable some features and optimise the website First

Functionality Cookies

Cookie Name Purpose First or Third party
font-size Remembers your font size preference. First
ms_cookieconsent Used to suppress the cookie notice. First
ms_cookiepermission Used to suppress tracking scripts and non-essential cookies. First
exp_perpage Used to remember the number of entries to be displayed for pagination. First

Analytical/Performance cookies

Cookie Name Purpose First or Third party
__utma Google Analytics. Contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. First
__utmc Google Analytics.  Works with __utmb to determine when to create a new session for a website visitor. First
__utmz Google Analytics.  Tracks how you found us and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the website. First
__utmb Google Analytics.  Used to establish and continue a unique user session. First
_ga Stores information used by Google Analytics to track user activity on the site. First
_gat Stores information used by Google Analytics to track user activity on the site. First
_gid Stores information used by Google Analytics to track user activity on the site. First

Marketing cookies

Cookie Name Purpose First or Third party
None    

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