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Cookie Policy

What is a Cookie

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that may be stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help make our site work and provide information to us about how users interact with our site. We use this information to evaluate the performance of our site.

On your first visit to our site, a banner will appear alerting you to the use of cookies by our site. By continuing to browse our site, having seen that banner, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Types of Cookie

The types of cookies we use on our site are:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site.

Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site.

Information on the cookies we use on our site are set out in the table below.


Cookie CategoryCookie NameDescription
Google_utmaA Google Analytics cookie, which 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.
 _utmbA Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor enters a site.
 _utmcA Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor leaves the site.
 _utmvUsed for reporting in Google Analytics classifying the visitor.
 _utmzA Google Analytics cookie which tracks where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from.
WordPresswp-settings, wp-settings-time-This is a cookie is to verify if you are logged into the website or not.
 wordpress_, wordpress_logged_inWordPress cookie for a logged in user.
 viewed_cookie_policyWhen you enter this site you will be shown a Cookie consent banner. This checks if you have viewed the banner.
 wordpress_test_cookieWordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.


Our site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies (see above), to help us analyse how users use our site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States – Google are signed up to Privacy Shield, which requires them to provide protection of personal data similar to that required in Europe.

You may refuse the use of these cookies via the settings in your browser as explained below. You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics in the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser:

Blocking Cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies, although this may affect your access to, or use of, our site (and other websites). The way to clear cookies varies from one browser to another. You should look in the “help” menu of your web browser for full instructions. For your reference, please click the following links for details on how to manage cookies in each of the major web browsers: