When delivering services over the internet it is common practice to store small amounts of information on your computer or phone. This information is stored by your web browser in small files called cookies.
A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that a website can remember who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a value, often a randomly generated unique number.
When you visit our website, your browser will receive cookies from our website. Cookies on our website are used to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally from these statistics.
You can block / remove cookies using your browser. Guidance on how to do this is set out below in the section “Disabling / enabling cookies”.
There are two main types of cookies, first party and third party.
- First party cookies: these are our own cookies.
- Third party cookies: these are cookies used by other companies’ tools. The only third party cookies we use are for Google Analytics. These cookies are controlled by them.
Two types of cookies may be used on our website, session cookies, which are temporary and remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer.
The names and functions of these cookies are as follows:
This cookie records the time and date of your last visit, which will be today. Although it is set for all visitors, it only supports functions for logged in users. It will expire automatically in a year. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users. As there is no log in functionality on this website, this cookie has no purpose and is non essential.
This cookie records the date and time of your last visit to our site prior to current visit. If this is your first visit, the date and time set will be the same as exp_last_visit. It will expire automatically in a year. Used to determine expiry. This is essential for logged in users, but not for guests – it is set for both. As there is no log in functionality on this website, this cookie has no purpose and is non essential.
Essential cookie which is required to direct user back to previous page after completing activity e.g. log in/out, complete form, etc.
This cookie determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected “remember me” then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it’s set to the datetime that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members. This keeps the “remember me” user logged in for a year unless they choose to log out (and then the cookie is deleted). As there is no log in functionality on this website, this cookie has no purpose and is non essential.
We cannot prevent these cookies from being set by default without compromising the function of our website content management system.
In addition to the above, our use of Google Analytics sets the following cookies:
__utma Used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors v returning visitors.
__utmb Used by Google Analytics for generally visitor tracking. Takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site.
__utmc Used by Google Analytics for generally visitor tracking. Takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site.
__utmz Used by Google Analytics for tracking source visits (i.e. where the user came from).
See Google’s explanation (for a technical audience) of how these are used.
We use Google Analytics to keep an anonymous usage record of how visitors use our website, so we can improve the content and navigation of the website.
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.
Disabling / enabling cookies
You can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our website if cookies are disabled.
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