Cookie Policy

The site uses cookies or similar technology to collect information about your access to the site. Cookies are pieces of information that include a unique reference code that a website transfers to your device to store and sometimes track information about you. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently.

A few of the cookies we use last only for the duration of your web session and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are used to remember you when you return to the site and will last for longer.

Most computer and some mobile web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser settings to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. Please note however, that by blocking or deleting cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the site.

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    • Creating a specific log-in session for a user of the site in order that the site remembers that a user is logged in and that their page requests are delivered in an effective, secure and consistent manner;
    • Recognising when a user of the site has visited before allowing us to identify the number of unique users we receive to the site and make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get;
    • Recognising if a visitor to the site is registered with us in any way;
    • We may also log information from your computer including the existence of cookies, your IP address and information about your browser program in order to allow us to diagnose problems, administer and track your usage of our site.


    • Customising elements of the promotional layout and/or content of the pages of the site.


    • Collecting statistical information about how our users use the site so that we can improve the site and learn which parts are most popular to users.

Details of the cookies we use are displayed below.


Cookie NamePurpose
PHPSESSIDUsed to identify user sessions (session IDs) on the Site.
CookieAcceptanceGDPRUsed to remember that you have accepted the use of cookies on the Site so that we don’t show you the cookie banner again.
user_idUsed to keep track of any profiles that you save for future sessions.
login_tokenUsed to remember your login details for the Site when you choose the ‘Remember Me’ option at sign in.
new_profileUsed to retrieve any information you enter into the registration form when using the ‘Save your details on this computer’ option at registration.
m_stuid_*Occasionally we run split tests on pages on our Site. This cookie is set to ensure that we always serve you the same version of a test.
We use Cloudflare cookies as part of our website security, and to distribute our incoming network traffic across our servers to optimise our website’s performance to our users. For more information about the specific cookies we use, visit Cloudflare.
adclickUsed to determine if you arrived on the site from an advertisement, and to save this information if you perform specific actions on the site – for example, register as a member, or contact a member.


Cookie NamePurpose
Google Analytics
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We use Google Analytics to help us analyse how users use the Site. For more information visit
TwitterTwitter is used to allow visitors to view how many followers we have and also to give visitors the option to become a follower. For more information please visit
Facebook Pixel
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Facebook is used for marketing and analytical purposes to help us analyse how users navigate the Site, or whether users have come to our website from an online advertisement. Facebook is also used to allow visitors to view how many likes we have, and to give visitors the option to view and follow our Facebook page. For more information please visit

All Cookies used by and on our website are used in accordance with current English and EU Cookie Law.