Cookie Use

What are cookies?

Cookies are small, often encrypted, text files that are used by websites to perform certain functions.

Cookies are sometimes referred to as browser cookies or tracking cookies and are created when a browser loads a web page or if an online advert is clicked on. Cookies are stored within a user’s browser to help websites remember a user’s settings or enable certain online ads to be triggered.

How are cookies used on this website?

Information supplied to us using cookies helps us to analyse the profile of our visitors and provide you with a better online experience.

We use a variety of cookies to track how you use our websites by providing usage statistics. A full list of cookies and how we use them can be found in our section on Cookies used on this website

How to control and delete cookies

We will not collect personally identifiable information through the means of cookies.

Cookies can be controlled, blocked or restricted through your browser settings. Information on how to do this can be found within the Help section of your browser. All cookies are browser specific. Therefore, if you use multiple browsers or devices to access websites, you will need to manage your cookie preferences across all of these elements.

There are also several online resources that can give you more information on cookies and how you can control them within a variety of different web browsers. You can visit either http://www.aboutcookies.org or
http://www.allaboutcookies.orgfor more information.

If you are using a mobile device, you will need to refer to your handset instruction manual or help resource in order to find out how you can control cookies on your particular device.

By using this website without restricting any of the cookies outlined below you are actively agreeing to be opted-in to these cookies and you agree to submit the information that is collected by them. All cookies can be actively controlled and restricted. Details of how this can be done in each instance are detailed below.

The table below outlines which cookies we use and how you can control or restrict their use of cookies.

Cookies used on this website

Product Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics __utma 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.
__utmb 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.
__utmz 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.
__utmv This cookie is not normally present in a default configuration of the tracking code. The __utmv cookie passes the information provided via the _setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmcc parameter. This cookie is only written if you have added the _setVar() method for the tracking code on your website page.

Cookies set by third party sites

To enhance our content and to deliver a more enriching online experience for our users, we sometimes embed images and videos from other websites on this website.

We currently use and may in future use content from sites such as YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. You may be presented with cookies from these third party websites. Please note that we do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should consult the relevant third party website for information on how these cookies are used and how you can control them.

Social Sharing

We also embed social sharing icons throughout our websites. These sharing options are designed to enable users to easily share our content with their friends using a variety of different social networks. These social sharing sites may set a cookie when you are logged into their service. Please note that we do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should consult the relevant third party website for information on how these cookies are used and how you can control them.

Updates to this policy

This policy may be updated regularly as and when new cookies are implemented, or existing cookies removed.

We will also update this policy based upon cookie best practices and both UK and EU legal requirements.

You are encouraged to check back here in order to keep up-to-date with the latest version of this policy.