Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small file that is downloaded onto your device when you visit a website, which means the website can recognise your device if you return to it.

Cookies are used to:

  • recognise your device, so you don’t have to give the same information several times during the same online task
  • measure how you use the site, so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • provide data to help understand how a website and its services are used

Cookies can’t be used to identify you as an individual.

How cookies are used on this site

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies are needed to ensure our website works properly. We don’t need to ask permission to use these. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site might not work.

Name Purpose Expires
CookieBar CookieBar is a lightweight library for showing a brief message at the top or bottom of the screen.


1 year
JSESSIONID JSESSIONID is a cookie generated by Servlet containers and used for session management in J2EE web applications for HTTP protocol. If a Web server is using a cookie for session management, it creates and sends JSESSIONID cookie to the client and then the client sends it back to the server in subsequent HTTP requests. JSESSIONID is a platform session cookie and is used by sites with JavaServer Pages (JSP). The cookie is used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server. When your session ends

Analytics cookies

Analytics cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. If you don’t allow these cookies, we won’t know when you have visited our site, and won’t be able to monitor its performance.

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used to distinguish users on a domain. 1 year
_ga_FVB0RXZ4ZS Used to persist session state. 1 year
_gat Used to reduce the number of user requests. 10 minutes
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours

Marketing cookies Marketing and third-party cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you don’t allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.

bscookie LinkedIn cookie used for remembering that a logged in user is verified by two factor authentication and has previously logged in.


1 year
lidc LinkedIn cookie used to provide load balancing. functionality 24 hours
li_gc LinkedIn cookie used to store cookie consent preferences. 6 months
lang Used to remember a user’s language setting to ensure displays in the language selected by the user in their settings. When your session ends
bcookie LinkedIn cookie used to store browser details. 1 year

Third-party cookies

We embed media such as YouTube videos on some of our pages. The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as third-party cookies. We have no control over third-party cookies.

You can read the third-party websites’ cookie policies for more information about the cookies they collect:

Giving permission to collect Analytics and/or Marketing optional cookies

Turn on the Analytics and/or Marketing cookies on the cookie banner to give us permission to store those cookies on your device.

You can change your cookie settings in your browser. For instructions, check the support website for your browser.

Further reading

Cookies and similar technologies – Information Commissioner’s Office (Link is external and opens in new window)