In addition to the personal information we hold about registered users, we also use cookie technology to simplify your use and personalise your experience of our services. Our cookies are small amounts of data sent to your browser from our website's computer and are stored on your computer's hard drive. Our cookies identify you to our services and can be used by us to record your use of our services.


Our use of cookies means your use of our services is not anonymous to us. You can tell your browser whether or not to accept our cookies, however, if you do not accept them, some of our services may not be available to you or work as well as they could.


We also use the information gathered by our cookies in aggregated form to analyse the use and inform the development of our services.


The cookies used on are:


Session-id cookies

We use session id cookies to identify the current visitor session on the server and ensure that information entered in to forms, like the 3 step gradintel Registration process, is remembered. Without these cookies our website forms would not work properly. These cookies are temporary and expire after the stated time period or when your browser is closed.







In order to determine whether or not you are logged in at any given time, we use a cookie - a small text file which is stored on your computer. This cookie does not contain your user name and password - it just contains a session id (or reference number), which we can look up to find out who you are and whether you are logged in. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on our site for longer than 30 minutes.

30 minutes or when browser closed


This cookie tracks website visitors

30 minutes or when browser closed

Random session cookie

This session cookie tracks website visitors

30 minutes or when browser closed


This is used by our site to simplify use of advanced navigation features

1 day


Addthis cookie

The AddThis button is used on a number of our pages to make it easy for visitors to bookmark and share content with other people. Anonymous data is collected (browser type, page views, referring URL, time/date, IP address, device ID) that provides statistics about bookmarking and sharing activity of users, and helps visitors increase the site's popularity and ranking.


Addthis cookies used on are:






Randomly generated number

2 years



30 days


Country code and randomly generated letters and numbers

30 days



2 years


Your favourite preferences

2 years


Randomly generated letters and numbers

2 years


Google analytics cookies

We also use 4 types of Google Analytics cookies on the site. In summary they track visitor information for each visit and for returning visits. The detailed description of each cookie is as follows:






This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to our site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits our site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

2 years


This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When a user views a page on our site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on our site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on our site for longer than 30 minutes.

30 minutes


This cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. In particular, this cookie is not provided with an expiration date, so it expires when the user exits the browser. Should a user visit our site, exit the browser and then return to your website within 30 minutes, the absence of the __utmc cookie indicates that a new session needs to be established, despite the fact that the __utmb cookie has not yet expired.

On exit


This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to our site.

6 months


Useful links


If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:


Microsoft Cookies guide

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:


Data Protection Act 1998
The Information Commissioner's Office


How can I control cookies?


Most web browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to reject all cookies, to only allow ‘trusted' websites to use them, or to only accept cookies from those websites which you are currently on. Please follow the instructions provided on All About Cookies on how to do this for the most popular web browsers.


Please note: we do not recommend rejecting cookies as this is likely to result in some features on our websites and some of our online services not functioning correctly or as intended. For example, if a website cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, you will not be able to access certain information or use a particular service.


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