What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that we store on your device. Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website and to improve the users experience while visiting. Cookies also provide us with information about how this website is used so we can keep it as up to date, relevant and as error-free as possible.

By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy, however, users have some control over their privacy options which are outlined further on.

You can read our Terms of use and Privacy Policy here.

Types of cookies

There are two main types of cookies, please be aware that by choosing to disable certain types of cookies, you may lose some functionality.

There are two different types of cookies – the ones we use on (first party cookies) and the ones set by companies with work or interact with (we call these third party cookies).

We use various first Party browser cookies to enable the smooth running of the website.

We use the following cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies These are cookies that are required for the operation of the Site.

Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to the Site.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services or Microsoft Office online for previewing documents as outlined below) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

List of Cookies.

Every attempt has been made to list all the cookies our website is currently using as accurately as possible. If you think we have missed any or any information is inaccurate, please feel free to contact us and we will investigate further.

First Party Cookies

Session cookies

Cookies used:

  • wpe-auth

A session cookie for WordPress admins only. This allows access to the WPEngine plugin within the WordPress admin.

Cookie Consent

Cookies used:

  • catAccCookies

Cookie set by the UK cookie consent plugin to record that you accept the fact that the site uses cookies.


Cookies used:

  • wordpress_{random}
  • wordpress_logged_in_{random}
  • wordpress_test_cookie is built using the WordPress platform. These cookies are Essential WordPress session management cookies for logged in users.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

For those logged in into the WordPress backend (system administrators)

Cookies used:

  • wp-settings-[UID]
  • wp-settings-{time}-[UID]

WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface and possibly the main site interface.

Wordfence Security

Cookies used:

  • wfwaf-authcookie

This website uses Wordfence – a security plugin to help keep our website safe. This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is used to authenticate user’s login request. This cookie is persistent and expires in 1 day.

Microsoft Office Online – Cookies set by external links

For your convenience, Excel and Word documents on this website, automatically open in Microsoft Office Online. This is so you do not need to have these applications installed on your devices to read these file types. We do not control the cookies collected on external websites. Please read their cookie policy here Furthermore, you can read more about restricting cookies below.


If you would like to restrict the use of cookies you can control this in your Internet browser. Links to advice on how to do this for the most popular Internet browsers are provided below for convenience and will be available for the Internet browser of your choice either online or via the software help (normally available via key F1).

Internet Explorer

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Apple Safari