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    What is a cookie?
    Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

    What does a cookie do?
    A cookie stores information on your computer or mobile device, which is sent back to that website each time you visit. Sometimes this information is essential to access a website's functions - for example if you need to register for a seminar or apply for jobs, a cookie will allow the website to recognise your log-in details.

    Cookies can also be used to build a profile of your activity on a website - which pages you visit, how long you spend on each page. A website may then use this information to tailor the pages that you see when you visit the site in the future.

    Our cookie policy:
    We understand you need to reach the most relevant information quickly and easily. So, our main aim of using cookies is to provide you with the most optimised 'user experience' possible.

    We use cookies to help you navigate the website efficiently and perform certain functions.

    Our website analytics tool uses cookies in order to analyse how, when and where visitors use our websites, but this information is not tied to personally identifiable information. We only use this data to improve your experience. For example, we are able to find out what the most popular content is each week, and update our homepage to reflect that current interest.

    After reviewing the cookies we use (see list below) and the benefit they provide our visitors and members, we currently operate an 'implied consent' policy. This means that we assume you agree with the usage of our cookies. If you do not agree, we have provided guidance to help you to alter your browser settings to match the level of privacy you require (see ‘How to manage cookies via your browser settings’ section below).

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    The following describes the cookies we use across all of our websites and what we use them for.

    Cookies used by this website


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    This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. These cookies are used to monitor the performance of our site and understand how effective our content is, we use the information to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visits to our site, where visitors have come from to the site and the pages they visited.To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

    EKtGUID This identifies the unique id for each user to increase efficiency of the website functionality. These help to mitigate any compatibility issues e.g. to identify your browser type and improve performance.
    EKAnalytics This allows us to understand how users use our website. This allows us to improve the quality and content on our site for our visitors.
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    These cookies can record information about the choices you have made e.g. mailing or language preferences.

    How to manage cookies via your browser settings

    Establish the type and version of the web browser you use to access the internet

    • PC - click on 'Help' at the top of your browser window and select the 'About' option.
    • Mac - click on the Apple menu and select the 'About' option.

    Choose your preferred settings

    Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0

    • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'internet options'. 
    • Click on the 'Privacy' tab. 
    • Move the slide to choose your preferred setting.

    Mozilla Firefox  

    • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Options'. 
    • Then select the Privacy icon in the left-hand panel. 
    • Click on Cookies and choose your preferred settings.   

    Google Chrome  

    • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Options'. 
    • Click the 'Under the Bonnet' tab, locate the 'Privacy' section, and choose the 'Content settings' button. 
    • Click the 'Cookie settings' tab and choose your preferred settings.

    All other browsers and/or versions

    Please consult your browser online help files.

    We use cookies on this website to give you the very best experience. You can change your cookie settings at any time using your browser settings. To find out more see our cookies policy