Cookies are used on this website to improve user experience and for essential functionality; they are not used for identification purposes.

You can learn more about managing cookies at About Cookies.

We use the following cookies on the website:


We call these ‘essential’ cookies because they enable certain things on the website to happen. If they didn’t, your experience of using the site would be compromised and it might become unusable. 

Things like:

  • stopping unauthorised publishing of content to the site
  • remembering where you are in the triages and forms

These will always be turned on.

Cookie nameHow long it will stay on your machine / device
mps-cookie-close1 week


You may see pop-up messages on our site.  For example, a pop-up explaining our use of cookies on this site. Once you have seen these messages we store cookies to ensure we do not show you the same message again.

Cookie nameHow long it will stay on your machine / deviceWhat it does
mps-beta-closeSessionDetermines whether the beta banner is open or closed.
announcement-closeSessionDetermines whether the announcement banner is open or closed.
MediaCentreSessionDetermines whether the user can view press versions of news articles.



These cookies tell us how you use the site so we can improve it and understand more about how it’s used. 

Cookie nameHow long it will stay on your machine / deviceWhat it does
__ga2 yearsUsed to distinguish users.
_gid24 hoursUsed to distinguish users.
__utmz6 months__utmz keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website. It expires in 15,768,000 seconds – or, in 6 months.
__utma2 years from set/updateUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the Javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmcSessionNot used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmt_mndTracker10 minutesUsed to throttle request rate.
__utmt_hosted10 minutesUsed to throttle request rate.
__utmt_analyze10 minutesUsed to throttle request rate.
__utmb30 mins from set/update__utmb is the cookie that keeps track of timeouts and the number of page views your website gets. It also records the start time of each visit.
__gcl_auPersistentUsed by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services. The main purpose of this cookie is: Targeting/Advertising
_gat_UA-5723582-2SessionThese are performance cookies which are used to collect information about how our visitors use the website.


‘Remarketing’ services

We use cookies from the Google Doubleclick and Facebook Pixel services to track activity of website visitors originating from media sources. Anonymised data from this service is used for the purpose of optimising our online advertising activity for recruitment.

In certain cases we may use ‘remarketing’ services to target our ads to you based on your prior use of our site when you visit other sites included within an online advertising network.

If you do not wish to be tracked in this way, you can opt out via the following:

Cookie nameHow long it will stay on your machine / deviceWhat it does
_fbp3 monthsThis cookie will help deliver our advertising to people who have already visited our website when they are on Facebook or a digital platform powered by Facebook Advertising.

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