What is a cookie and how do we use them on our site?

A cookie is a simple file of letters and numbers that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences.

We use cookies so that we can count the number of visitors we have to the website, and to record what pages they look at. These statistics are used to improve the content of the site so that we are concentrating on what we know visitors want to look at. These cookies do not record any personal information about you, but they are stored on your computer.

You can find out more about cookies by visiting: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

The cookies we use

We use software called Google Analytics to gather some statistical information about visitors who use our website. It does not gather any personal information about you but does record the pages you visit on the site. This information is used by us to analyse the site and make improvements to the content, based on the things we know our visitors look at.

These are the cookies we use on our site:

 Cookie name  How long it stays on your computer  Description
 _utma  2 years from set/update  Identifies users and sessions. This cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
 _utmt  10 minutes
 _utmb  30 minutes from set/update  This cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
 _utmc  End of browser session
 _utmz  6 months from set/update  Lists how users reach the site. This cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
_utmv 2 years from set/update This cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.