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Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which may be placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the site owners, such as which pages you find useful or not. A web browser normally deletes session cookies when it quits. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. Cookies are used on this site to maintain functionality as you move between pages.

Find out how to manage cookies on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

How we use cookies on

Our website uses first party cookies, which allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website. They maintain functionality as you move between pages and help us to improve our site. We also use some widely-used third-party social media plugins, which create cookies, as marketing tools and to improve experience for our visitors.

Understanding how our website is used

Google Analytics (Universal Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use this website ( We do this to help make sure the site is meeting your needs and to make improvements based on our findings.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on
  • the time you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so we can’t identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data. You can find an overview of Google’s Privacy Policy here and the Google Code here.

Google Analytics use the following cookies:

_gaThis helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before.2 years
_gidThis helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before.24 hours
_gatUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made1 minute
_gat_rollupUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.1 minute


Google Analytics (ga.js) library

__utmaLike _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to our website or to a certain page2 years
__utmbThis works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our website30 minutes
__utmcThis works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browserWhen you close your browser
__utmzThis tells us how you reached the website (for example from another website or a search engine)6 months


You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Browser Session

ASP.NET_SessionIdThis cookie is automatically set when you land on the website. It enables functionality between pages and is essential for parts of the site to operate. It is held temporarily and is deleted when you close your web browser. It does not contain personally identifiable information and is anonymous.When you close your browser

For more information on this, please visit the Microsoft website.


We sometimes use YouTube to embed videos on some pages of the site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit one of these pages to give us information on the number of times a video is viewed and the type of browser used to view it.

For more information visit the YouTube Privacy and Safety Centre

Enabling website functionality

Our cookie banner

You may see a notification when you visit our website to let you know that we are using cookies.

complianceCookieUsed to prevent the cookie banner from showing repeatedly.365 days


Alert messages

We might display a message on our website to tell you about an important event or situation. We use local storage to help us update alert messages periodically.

serverUsed to store contents of the current global alert and display it if it is switched on.Does not expire
serverUsed to determine the time of the last check for an updated global alert.Does not expire
serverUsed to determine whether or not to display the global alert.Does not expire
serverUsed to store contents of the current global alert and display it if it is toggled on.Does not expire

How to manage your cookies

Cookies are sent to your browser by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as if you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on “Help” and then “About”.

To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to and select the browser and version you are using. You’ll also find information about how to delete cookies from your computer.

If you choose to have your browsers refuse cookies, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of this website.