How cookies are used
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or device, or are placed on the hard drive. Cookies are commonly used to help or personalise the users browsing experience and provide information on how users interact with our site so we can make improvements.
When you visit this website for the first time our 'cookie disclaimer' message will appear at the top of the page to warn you that cookies are being used. When this is visible you can click the 'Do not show this message again' button to dismiss it and stop it from prompting you again.
On this website cookies help us to anonymously analyse how users interact with our site so we can make improvements, known as 'analytical cookies'. This information is generally used to make content and information about our services more relevant and useful during future visits. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone through the use of Google Analytics. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website and do not collect personal information.
If you are visiting our website for the first time these 'analytical cookies' are not used until you acknowledge the cookie disclaimer message which appears at the top of the page.
Cookies are also used when you interact with our website which goes beyond simply clicking on links, to personalise your experience. These are referred to as 'functional cookies'. An example of where a functional cookie is used is if you choose to increase the text size using our accessibility options.
Cookies that are used
||What does it do?
||This cookie is used to identify unique visitors. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time.
||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on the site. Each time you visit a new page the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.
||This cookie is used in conjunction with '__utmb' to determine visitor sessions. Unlike '__utmb' this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously been on the website.
||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site, via a search engine or via another source. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website.
||This cookie stores your acknowledgement of our cookie disclaimer message, and agreeing for non-functional cookies to be used on the website.
||This cookie is stored if you were to choose to adjust the text size for the different pages via the accessibility buttons at the top of every page.
||This cookie is stored if you change the contrast background options found at the top of every page.
||This cookie is generated by the Add This (sharing functionality) plugin. It is essential for the plugin to work.
How to block/remove cookies
You can find out more about cookies including how to disable/enable and delete them by visiting aboutcookies.org. You can block most cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the storing of all or some cookies, however please note that some features will then be unavailable when browsing our website.
If you want to delete cookies from the browser on your phone or mobile device you will need to refer to the relevant manual or website for support.