How we use cookies

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. We use Cookies in the following way:

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.

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.

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. Description of Google Analytics software. Opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites. 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.