Cookie Policy

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Details of the cookies we use on our website are set out below.

Strictly necessary cookies

We use the following cookies which are required for the operation of our website.

Cookie name: PHPSESSID
Expires: End of session

A basic session cookie which makes the site work properly. It saves a session identifier randomly generated to keep track of your session as you move from one page to the next in order to remember selections or preferences made during the visit.

Analytical / performance cookies

We use the following cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website, including their location, browser type, total visits to our website, which websites they come from and their journey through our website. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, to assist users to find what they are looking for more easily.

Cookie name: __utma
Cookie Provider: Google Analytics
Expires: 2 years

This keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. More information on the cookies set by Google Analytics and how to opt out are on the Google Analytics website

Cookie name: __utmb
Cookie Provider: Google Analytics
Expires: 30 minutes

A timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters the site. More information on the cookies set by Google Analytics and how to opt out are on the Google Analytics website

Cookie name: __utmc
Cookie Provider: Google Analytics
Expires: End of session

A timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site – having waited 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn’t, it expires. More information on the cookies set by Google Analytics and how to opt out are on the Google Analytics website

Cookie name: __utmz
Cookie Provider: Google Analytics
Expires: End of session

This keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from. More information on the cookies set by Google Analytics and how to opt out are on the Google Analytics website

Cookie name: __atuvc
Cookie Provider: AddThis
Expires: 2 years

The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users. More information on the cookies set by AddThis and how to opt out are on the AddThis website.

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 block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.