Cookie Policy

What are cookies and why do we use them?

Certain parts of our site use "cookies" to keep track of your visit and to help you navigate between sections. A cookie is a small data file that certain websites store on your computer’s hard-drive when you visit such websites. Cookies can contain information such as your user ID and the pages you have visited. The only personal information a cookie contains is information that you have personally supplied.

Cookies store information on your preferences and behaviours, so the website can deliver you the best possible user experience. These cookies also help the website operate, improve its efficiency, and provide usage information. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.


Cookie  Name  Category Purpose

Cookie Control

  • analyticsCookiesAllowed
  • dismissedCookieBar

These cookies are used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on this site. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in these cookies. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.

Anti-Forgery Token

  • __RequestVerificationToken 


This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser.

Session ID

  • _SessionId


General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Miscrosoft .NET based technologies. Used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.


  • yourAuthCookie



This is your login cookie, generated when you log in or create an account on the site. This cookie is essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas.

Azure Load Balancing

  • ARRAffinity


This cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.

Google reCAPTCHA

  • 1P_JAR
  • ANID
  • NID

These are essential site cookies, used by the Google reCAPTCHA. These cookies use an unique identifier for tracking purposes.

Google privacy information.

Google Analytics

  • _ga
  • _gid
  • _gat_UA-*
  • _gac_*

These are used by Google Analytics to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.


How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the link in the footer at the bottom of the screen. You can then adjust your cookie settings, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit