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  • recognising your preferences so you don't need to re-enter them on every visit
  • tracking progress through online applications
  • monitoring site performance and content popularity.

In addition, some third-party services featured on our site may also use cookies for similar reasons. All cookies contain anonymous data and cannot be used to identify you.

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We use first-party cookies to store user preferences and provide statistical analysis, while third-party services use cookies to store setting and provide additional functionality.

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Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics throughout our site to monitor site performance, content popularity and other quality indicators. Using this service may set up to five cookies from our site, all of which contain anonymous data:

Google Analytics cookie usage
Name Purpose Expires
__utma (and _ga) contains a unique ID to record visits from the same user 2 years
__utmb records the start of a session 30 minutes
__utmc a session cookie which only lasts while you view the site Browser close
__utmt indicates the type of request 2 minutes
__utmv only used if more custom, detailed statistics are required 2 years
__utmz records where a visitor came from previously 6 months

More information on the use of cookies for Google Analytics can be found at Cookies & Google Analytics and Safeguarding your Google Analytics data.


Some of our pages are used for online services (such as making payments and submitting applications), which use 'session' cookies to login or progress through application stages, and are only present within the session. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide the service that the user has requested.

Third-party cookies

In addition to the cookies above, some third-party services we use also store cookies.


On some pages, we display Twitter feeds and share buttons. If you are not already logged into Twitter, only one cookie is set but being logged in means several are used. For more information, see Twitter's Privacy Policy.


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We embed photo galleries from Flickr on some of our pages. The Flickr gallery sets four cookies and as part of Yahoo, falls under Yahoo's privacy policy.