Cookies

An introduction to cookies

Our goal is always to ensure our site is easy and reliable to use – and this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone.

These small files are known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

A cookie is a small data file that is automatically placed onto your computer’s hard drive. Cookie files are created by our website and placed onto your device in order to analyse and influence your preferences or behaviour. Analytical cookies are designed to track your journey and experience on our website – so that we may tailor your experience and gather data. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

The majority of modern web browsers will automatically allow cookies to be placed onto your device. However you can usually modify your browser’s settings in order to prevent any cookies from being placed onto your device. Setting your browser to block cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of our website.

Cookies deployed by our website:

  • ensure that functionality operates as intended
  • remember your choices and preferences during and between visits
  • allow you to share pages via popular social media networks including Facebook and Twitter
  • allow you to interact with our website by leaving comments or opinions
  • post enquiries via online forms
  • track your visit for statistical analysis, allowing us to improve the usability, speed and security of our website

Cookies are not deployed to:

  • collect any personal identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • pass data to advertising networks
  • pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • pay sales commissions

Your consent for cookie deployment by our website.

Upon your first visit to our website, you may have noticed our banner alerting you to the use of cookies by our website. In compliance with the 2011 EU Cookie Law, our website operates on an ‘Implied Consent’ basis. This means that we have assumed that you have ‘opted-in’ for our website to deploy cookies until you choose to deactivate them within your browser settings or via the instructions below. Below you can learn more about the specific cookies deployed by our website, and how they can be disabled. For more information on the EU Cookie Law in the UK, we recommend visiting the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website where you can find the latest information, guidelines and advice on the EU Cookie Law.

Cookies used by our website

  • Social Network Sharing

We encourage users to share our content and/or like our  profile on the popular Social Media websites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn. In order to make ‘Social Sharing’ accessible, our website utilises widgets either provided directly from the Social Networks and/or via amalgamative widgets from third parties such as Add This. Cookies and privacy implications from the social networks vary and will be dependent on your nominated privacy settings with each Social Network. Social Sharing buttons will only deploy cookies if you are signed to that respective Social Network at the time of being on our website.

  • Cookie Consent Check

Upon your first visit to our website, you will notice a subtle banner on the page alerting you to the fact that cookies are being placed onto your computer by our website. In order for our website to remember your choice of opting-in, we store a cookie which expires after the set amount of days below (see table).

  • WordPress

see our  privacy policy

Actual cookies deployed

Below is a table of information which lists all cookies deployed and used on our website.

COOKIE CATEGORY

COOKIE NAME

COOKIE DESCRIPTION

Cookie Consent

complianceCookie

This cookie is set by our website once you have seen and acknowledged
our Cookie banner. This cookie will expire and automatically delete itself
after [14] days.

Google Analytics (Universal)

_ga

The single default cookie for Google Universal Analytics.
This sole cookie used by Goole Analytics stores a unique client
identifier (Client ID) which is set randomly.
This cookie is set to expire after 24 months (2 years) and is refreshed
each time you visit our website.

Google Analytics (Classic)

_utma

A 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.

_utmb

A Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the
exact moment when a visitor enters a site.

_utmc

A Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the
exact moment when a visitor leaves the site.

_utmv

Used for reporting in Google Analytics classifying the visitor.

_utmz

A 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.

AddThis

loc, uid/uit, psc, di/dt, atuvc/bt/ssc/ssh/sshs/xtc

Allows users to share content via Social Networking websites and email

WordPress

wp-settings-{time}-[UID]

Serveral WP Settings cookies may be set if you log into the website.
The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users
database table. This is used to customise your view of admin interface,
and possibly also the main site interface.

wordpress_test_cookie
wordpress_
wordpress_logged_in

These WordPress session cookies are created if and when you log
into WordPress either as an administrator or contributor to the website.

comment_author
comment_author_email
comment_author_url

If you choose to submit a discussion/comment to our website,
you will be asked to provide certain information about yourself
including your name, email and website address.

devicePixelRatio

This cookie records your device’s pixel ratio. If your screen
resolution is a retina or Hi DPI screen, then the website may choose
to serve you higher resolution graphics.

How to disable cookies

Most modern browsers allow you to control your cookie settings for all websites that you browse. You can disable cookie deployment completely by editing your browser settings, however in doing this you may be limiting the functionality that is displayed on our website. To learn how to disable cookies on your preferred browser we recommend reading this advice posted by Google.

If you are concerned about cookies tracking your movements on the Internet then you may be concerned about spyware. Spyware is the name given to a particular band of cookies that track personal information about you. There are many antispyware programs that you can use to prevent this from happening. Learn more about antispyware software – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware.