Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site, and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our site.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors, and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name, and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited, and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our site and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Purpose Expiry
Laravel_session This cookie is used for tracking the session. It tracks user data, such as logged in credentials. 2 hours
XSRF Token This cookie is used to stop cross-site postscripts, and to set a lifetime on a form for security. 2 hours

Google Analytics also sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to our site and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it, and fast.

You can find more information about the Google Analytics cookies we use in the table below, or by visiting the Google Analytics website at

Cookie Purpose Expiry
_UTMA Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set / update
_UTMB Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 minutes from set / update
_UTMC Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session / visit. The cookie expires when the user exits the browser
_UTMT Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
_UTMV Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set / update
_UTMZ Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached our site. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 6 months from set / update
_GA Used to identify unique users. 2 years
_GAT Used to throttle the request rate. 10 minutes

We also use a third party service called ShareThis on news posts on our site, and they set cookies to track the usage of shared content. You can find out more about these cookies on the ShareThis website at

Please note that third parties (including, for example, Google Analytics and ShareThis, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.