Cookies

Our website uses cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is placed on your computer, if you agree. Our website uses cookies to allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and to improve our website.

Cookies used on our website improve your browsing experience by:

  • remembering settings, so you do not have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you have given (e.g. your acceptance of “Important legal Information”
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

You can manage and/or delete cookies as you wish.  To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html. Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies on our website.

How we use cookies

Our website uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage with Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure our website is meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could improve our website.

Google Analytics stores information about what website pages you visit, how long you are on the website, how you got on to the website and what you click on when you are visiting it. In this respect, we do not collect or store your personal data (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name

Typical Content

Expires

_utma

randomly generated number

After two years

_utmb

randomly generated number

After 30 minutes

_utmc

randomly generated number

when you close your browser

_utmx

randomly generated number

After two years

Google's privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html

Storing your preferences

Our website allow us to provide you with options to improve your visit – for example, by remembering information (text) you put into a form. Currently, our website sets a 'master' cookie which identifies you from page to page.

Name

Typical Content

Expires

SESS

randomly generated number

1 month

Enabling a better experience

Our website uses a technology called Javascript to present information in an appealing and clear way. The website identifies if your browser has Javascript enabled and then sets a cookie so that it knows this is the case for the duration of your visit.

Name

Typical Content

Expires

Has_js

randomly generated number

When you close your browser

Giving you a mobile experience

Our website checks to see if you are using a browser on your mobile device. If so, we provide you with a version of the website that is easier to read and use on a smaller screen. The website then sets a cookie so that every page is then delivered in the mobile version.

Name

Typical Content

Expires

Mobileplugin group

randomly generated number

When you close your browser

How can you manage cookies

Browser settings: Most browsers can be adjusted to prevent your computer from accepting cookies, although this may mean that some of the features of this website (and other websites) will not work properly and may restrict your user experience.

These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Turn off anonymous Google Analytics cookies: You can install a Google Analytics browser "plug in" to prevent the website sending information about your visit to Google Analytics. More information about this can be found here:

Other useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their wider use (on our and others' websites), you may find the following links of interest:

The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: