Cookie policy

Our site 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 browsing or using the services we provide on 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.

WE USE THE FOLLOWING COOKIES:

Strictly necessary cookies.These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website. 

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Further Information

PHP Session

PHPSESSID

Cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. Allows the correct retrieval of webpage content from our content management system database.Also stores a logged in user's username and a key. This information is required to allow a user to stay logged in to the web site without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, a user is unable to proceed to areas of the web site that require authenticated access.

As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed.

 

Analytical/performance cookies.They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. 

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Further Information

Google Analytics

_ga

Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.

For more information, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ If you wish to disable Google Analytics on your browser please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Expires 2 years from set/update.

_gat

Used to throttle the request rate by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.

For more information, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ If you wish to disable Google Analytics on your browser please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Expires 10 minutes from set/update

 

_gid

Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.

For more information, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ If you wish to disable Google Analytics on your browser please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Expires 24 hours

from set/update

.doubleclick.net

 

IDE 

These cookies set by a third party (DoubleClick) and are used for serving targeted advertisements that are relevant to you across the web. Targeted advertisements may be displayed to you based on your previous visits to this website. For example, advertisements about a topic you have expressed an interest in while browsing our site may be displayed t you across the web. In addition, these cookies measure the conversion rate of ads presented to the user.

For more information, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ If you wish to disable DoubleClick cookies on your browser please visit this website.

Expires 1.5 year from set / update

(Third party)

 

Functionality cookies.These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Further Information

Addthis.com

__atuvc

This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget
This widget is embedded in our website to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.

To optout of addthis.com cookies, click here

Expires 2 years from set/update

__atuvs

Expires 2 years from set/update

loc

 

Expires 1 year from set/update

(Third party)

mus

 

Expires 1 year from set/update

(Third party)

ouid

 

Expires 1 year from set/update

(Third party)

uid

 

Expires 1 year from set/update

(Third party)

uvc

 

Expires 1 year from set/update

(Third party)

Cookie consent

cookieconsent_dismissed

 

Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message

Expires 1 year from set/update

cookieconsent_status

 

Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message

Expires 1 year from set/update

 

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 may block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the storage 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.