How we use cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website. A cookie is a small text file sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The text file is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.

We send cookies which are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. We may use the information we obtain from the cookie in the administration of this website, to improve the website's usability and for marketing purposes. We may also use that information to recognise your computer when you visit our website, and to personalise our website for you.

We use essential cookies which are required for the operation of our website. These essential cookies are only created temporarily. Once you close the browser or leave our website all the essential cookies are deleted.

We also use Google Analytics which is a non-essential, third party cookie.  Google Analytics is a popular web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us to analyse how users use the site. It counts the number of visitors and tells us things about their behaviour overall – such as the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views. We do not use Google Analytics to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how the site is used so that we can keep improving it for our users.

We do not control the use of this third-party cookie, and you should check Google's privacy if you have concerns.  If you would like to opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across any website you visit please visit this link.

The Google Analytics cookies that are used on this website are:

Service

Cookie name

Expiry

Google Analytics

_utma

2 years

Google Analytics

_utmb

After a day

Google Analytics

_utmc

When you close your browser

Google Analytics

_utmz

6 months

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. (For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting "Block all cookies" using the sliding selector.) However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access our web site or certain parts of it.

Please note that third party sites which we may link to may also use cookies over which we have no control.

More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at www.allaboutcookies.org