Details of cookies we use across and what we use them for.

What are cookies?
A cookie is a tiny file that is saved by your browser when you visit a website. It enables certain information about your visit to be stored by the site.

Some of these cookies are essential in order for a website to run as you expect it to (for example, placing an item in a shopping basket) while others allow us to provide you with a better service (for example, understanding what content is most popular, to provide you more of the same).

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. (For details on what personal information we collect using cookies and how we use it, read our privacy policy.)

We use cookies to help you navigate the website efficiently and perform certain functions. For example, cookies allow us to remember your log in details to save you from having to type their username and password every time they visit us, or move from page to page.

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. Or we can identify common journeys to popular content and refine the site to help users access that content quicker.

After reviewing the cookies we use (see ‘What cookies we use’ section 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). For more details about cookies, visit

The cookies we use
The following describes the cookies we use across and what we use them for.

Cookies essential for website use

 Cookie Name Purpose 
asp.net_sessionid  This is essential for browsing and the website wouldn’t work for you without it. This cookie allows us to identify your particular session (the time between arriving at and leaving and means that we can remember you as you move from one page to the next, thereby improving your experience on our site. This cookie will be automatically deleted from your computer when you close your browser.
audience, cfid, cftoken, chktoken, csession, lastvisit, persvalue   These cookies are used to:
• identify user session to the servers
• define the content you are or are not allowed to access
• remember a user from page to page
• store the last time a user visited our website
• remember a user’s movements between different parts of our website.
 clientcookies This checks if a user has accepted the use of cookies

Non-essential cookies for website analytics and helping you share content

 Cookie Name Purpose

sc_analytics_session_cookie sc_analytics_global_cookie
(Note: These are third party cookies)

Google uses cookies to evaluate your use of the website in order for us to compile reports on website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if required to do so by law, or if such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not cross reference your IP address with any other data it holds. Read Google’s privacy policy.

Providing you with this information is part of our initiative to fulfil recent legislation. We want to be sure that we are clear and honest about your privacy when using our website. For independent information about cookies visit

How to manage cookies via your browser settings
Visit or use the guidance below. Establish the type and version of the web browser you use to access the internet.

For PCs
Click on ‘Help’ at the top of your browser window and select the ‘About’ option.

For Macs

Click on the Apple menu and select the ‘About’ option.
Choose your preferred settings

Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘internet options’
2. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab
3. Move the slide to choose your preferred settings

Mozilla Firefox
1. Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Options’
2. Then select the Privacy icon in the left-hand panel
3. Click on Cookies and choose your preferred settings

Google Chrome
1. Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Options’
2. Click the ‘Under the Bonnet’ tab, locate the ‘Privacy’ section, and choose the ‘Content settings’ button
3. Click the ‘Cookie settings’ tab and choose your preferred settings

All other browsers and/or versions please consult your browser online help files, or visit

Updated January 2016