Privacy and cookies

The privacy of your personal data is important to us and we are committed to keeping any personal data you provide to us secure.

Cookies are small data files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device used to access the internet, whenever you visit a website. We use cookies to enable and improve certain functions on our website and gain feedback on how our website is used. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it will affect how our website works.

Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise the device you are using. The Cookies we use here are ‘session’ cookies and will be removed every time you leave our website.

We use analytics cookies to collect information on website activity (such as the number of users who visit our website, the date and time of visits, the number of pages viewed, navigation patterns, what country and what systems users have used to access the site and, when entering our website from another website, the address of that web site). This information on its own does not identify an individual but it does provide us with statistics that can be used to analyse and improve our website.

The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web–enabled devices are usually set up to accept cookies. If your browser preferences allow it, you can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when cookies are set. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn about how to change your cookie preferences.

However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it will affect how our website works and certain functionality may not work.

More information about cookies can be found on allaboutcookies.org.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.  These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can find more information about the individual cookies that we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Cookie Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics   Google Analytics use third and first-party cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website, helping us to optimise user experience. The duration of the Google cookies, and further information about Google cookies, can be found at https://developers.google.com/analytics/ Details of Google's privacy policy is here: https://support.google.com/analytics/
Google Analytics _utma This persistent cookie is used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics and expires after 2 years.
Google Analytics _utmb This persistent cookie is used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics and expires after 30 mins.
Google Analytics _utmc This session cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user is in a new session/visit. This cookie expires at the end of the browser session.
Google Analytics _utmz This persistent cookie stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reaches our site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. This cookie expires after 6 months.
PHPSESSID PHPSESSID This is the site session ID. It allows the website to recognise you as you progress from page to page during one session. It does not collect any information from you.