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Cookie policy

Cookie Policy

1. Use of cookies

 A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser.  Find out more about cookies on www.allaboutcookies.org.

We use cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Periodically, we send e-newsletters, email updates, and promotional emails which use redirected links to identify if emails are opened and which links are clicked. This enables us to constantly review and improve our emails to make them more relevant to you.

Most browsers will allow you to turn off cookies.  If you want to know how to do this please look at the menu on your browser, or look at the instruction on www.allaboutcookies.org. Please note however that turning off cookies will restrict your use of our website.

2. Cookies we use on this website

WordPress uses various cookies for the essential functioning of our website. If these first party cookies are blocked, the functioning of the website on your browser, and your end user experience may be affected.

Third Party Cookies

Google Analytics is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies, without identifying you, tracks things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit, and compiles them so that we can identify trends meaning that we can optimise the website. We do not collect any personally identifying information. Most Google Analytics cookies disappear from your computer after 10 minutes, but some may stay on your computer for up to two years in order to measure new vs repeat visitors. Set out below are the cookies that relate to Google Analytics:

Name Purpose Life span
__utma Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users and sessions. 2 years from set/update
__utmb Google Analytics cookie used to determine new sessions/visits. 30 mins from set/update
__utmt Google Analytics cookie used to throttle request rate. 10 mins
__utmc Google Analytics cookie used to timestamp the exact time that you leave the site End of browser session
__utmz Google Analytics cookie used to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how a user has reached our site. 6 months from set/update

3. Social media plugin

We also use services such as social sharing offered by third party companies. These companies may drop cookies on your computer when you use them on our site or if you are already logged in to them.

We set out below a list of the social media companies we use, where you can find out more about specific services that we may use and their use of cookies:

Facebook – Privacy policy
LinkedIn – Privacy policy
Twitter – Privacy policy

If you would like to disable “third party” cookies generated by these providers, you can turn them off by going to the third party’s website and getting them to generate a one-time “no thanks” cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine.

4. More information

Please note that this cookie policy is subject to change from time to time.  It was last updated in June 2017.