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Cookie policy

We use website cookies for a number of different reasons as listed below. You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from allaboutcookies.org

– To enable a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information again

– To recognise that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested

– To measure how many people are using our services, so they can be made easier to use and so that there is enough capacity to ensure a speedy service

– We use ShareThis on our website so that you can share our content across email and social networks. These cookies allow us to anonymously track how many users recommend our web pages on social media

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data. This is a list of data stored by Google Analytics cookies:


_utma stores each user’s number of visits, time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit
_utmb and _utmc checks how long a visitor stays on the site: when a visit starts and ends
_utmz tracks where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
_utmv and _utmd track visitor journeys through the site and classifies them into groups

These cookies each last different amounts of times:

_utma expires two years after your last visit to this site
_utmb expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity
_utmc expires at the end of a session (when you close your browser)
_utmz expires six months after it was last set
_utmv (not set) expires immediately
_utmd (not set) expires immediately