Cookies

A cookie is a tiny text file that contains some information that may be passed back and forth between your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and a computer running a website (typically the site that set the cookie).

It does not contain any code and cannot do anything. Most websites set them and many cannot function properly without them.

Typically they just contain an identifier so that the server knows that it has seen this visitor before.

This means, for example, that someone can log in to a website and stay logged in, they can set their preferences or not be repeatedly shown the same information.

Two major kinds of cookies are:

  • First Party Cookies – set by the website which is showing in your browser’s address bar
  • Third Party Cookies – these are set by other sites

Cookies also vary in their duration. “Session cookies” last only for the length of your visit, whilst others might last for days or months so that a site will recognise you next time you visit.

This website uses Google Analytics

Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting this website.

We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.

If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this.

How To Manage Cookies

Our cookies don’t store personal information such as names and addresses, they simply enable our website to work properly and allow us to collect anonymous data about how our website is used so we can use it for continuous improvement.

However, if you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from this website or any other website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the Help menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phones handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Below is a list of the main cookies used by this Website and what each is used for

Cookie Name Cookie type Expiration Source Domain Site Coverage Description
_utma 3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
2 years from set/update. google.com all pages This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your 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. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
_utmb 3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
30 minutes from set/update. google.com all pages This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your 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 your 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 your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
_utmc 3rd party
(Session Cookie)
session google.com all pages Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
_utmz 3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
6 months from set/update. google.com all pages This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your 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 your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout