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About cookies on this website

1. What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by other websites who serve up content on that site (‘third party cookies’).

2. Functional Cookies

Our website content management system (WordPress) makes use of cookies whose names and functions are detailed in the table below.

None of the cookies we set on our website allow any personally identifiable data to be collected, neither are these cookies shared with third party sites for advertising or other tracking purposes.

The functional cookies used are as follows:

Cookie NameCookie CategoryDescriptionDuration
wordpress_2WordPress cookie for a logged in user.session
wordpress_logged_in_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_cookie2WordPress test cookiesession
wp-settings-1Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
wp-settings-time-2Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
PHPSESSID1To identify your unique session on the websitesession
SESS1To ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.session

 

3. Website Reporting Cookies

Our website uses software called Google Analytics to provide us with statistical information to improve our website’s content and functionality by reporting, for example, which are the most popular pages on our site.

As with the cookies shown above, no individual can be identified by the data which is collected. These cookies are set automatically unless you have disabled cookies in your browser.

Google Analytics uses the following cookies:

Cookie Name Cookie Duration Description
__utma 2 years This cookie 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.
__utmb 30 minutes Holds timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor first visits the site.
__utmc Session (until the browser is closed) Holds timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site.
__utmz 6 months Keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine they used, what link was clicked on, what keyword they used, and where in the world they are when they accessed the website.

Details of Google’s privacy policy can be found here