Our Cookie Policy

Use of cookies

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device) when you access our website. We use cookies and other online tracking devices such as action tags, single-pixel gifs on this website to:

  • recognise you whenever you visit this website;
  • obtain information about your preferences, online movements and use of the internet;
  • carry out research and statistical analysis to help improve our content and to help us better understand our visitor requirements and interests;
  • make your online experience more efficient and enjoyable.

The information we obtain from our use of cookies will not usually contain your personal data. Although we may obtain information about your computer or other electronic device such as your IP address, your browser and/or other internet log information, this will not usually identify you personally. In certain circumstances we may collect personal information about you—but only where you voluntarily provide it (eg by completing an online form)

In most cases we will need your consent in order to use cookies on this website. The exception is where the cookie is essential in order for us to provide you with a service you have requested.

Consent

There is a notice on all pages which describes how we use cookies and which also provides a link to our website privacy policy. If you use this website after this notification has been displayed to you, we will assume that you consent to our use of cookies for the purposes described in this website cookie policy and our website privacy policy.

Third-party cookies

We work with third party suppliers who may also set cookies on our website, for example eg Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Adobe Flashplayer which we use to display video content. These third party suppliers are responsible for the cookies they set on our site. If you want further information please go to the website for the relevant third party. You will find additional information in the table below.

Description of cookies

The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why:

Name of cookie Owner Purpose for the cookie
__utma Google Analytics This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to this site. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to this site and it is updated with each page view.
__utmb Google Analytics This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with this site. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes.
__utmc Google Analytics This cookie is set by Google for historical reasons and is no longer used
__utmz Google Analytics 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.
exp_tracker CMS End of session. Contains the last 5 pages viewed. Typically used for form or error message returns.
exp_last_visit CMS Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for logged in members.
exp_last_activity CMS Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.
cookies_allowed CMS Indicates whether the user has given consent for cookies to be set.

 

How to turn off cookies

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website. For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.