Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into any secure areas of our Site, or make use of any e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website 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 website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Site.

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

 

Cookie Name Purpose More information
_ga _ga This is a cookie which is used to distinguish users as part of the Google analytics solution we use and last for 2 years. Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used: 

This cookie enables us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage pattern.
  • Recognise you when you return to our site.
https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
_gat _gat This is a cookie used to throttle request rate limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites as part of the Google analytics solution we use. It expires after 10 minutes. Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used: 

This cookie enables us to:

  • Help the performance of our site.
https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
_wp-settings _wp-settings Used to customise your view of the site interface.Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:

This cookie enables us to:

  • Store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site.
  • Recognise you when you return to our site.
_wp-setting-time _wp-setting-time Used to customise your view of the site interface.Examples of purposes for which a cookie may be used:

This cookie enables us to:

  • Store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site.
  • Recognise you when you return to our site.