Cookie audit for website

This website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect.
  • Remember your settings during and between visits.
  • Improve the speed/security of the site.
  • Continuously improve our website for you.

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect sensitive information.
  • Pass data to advertising networks.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies, see the section with the heading: Controlling cookies.

You can learn more about the specific cookies we use below:

Drupal uses the content management system Drupal. will not work without the cookies set by Drupal.

Cookies set by Drupal
Cookie (name) Expiry Domain Purpose
has_js Session Indicates whether or not the visitor's browser has JavaScript enabled.
SESSid Session or 24 days Only set for logged in users. Keeps track of whether you are logged in, and your choices (state of tick boxes, etc.) while logged in. The component id is an unique identifier.
Drupal.toolbar.collapsed Persistent Only set for logged in users. Keeps track of the state of the toolbar in the GUI.
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight Persistent Only set for logged in users. Keeps track of your preference for visualizing weights in the GUI.

Google analytics

We use Google Analytics to compile anonymous visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at, etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. Google Analytics also tell us on an anonymous basis how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Cookies set by Google Analytics
Cookie (name) Expiry Domain Purpose
__utma 2 years Keep tracks of users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb 30 min. Determines the length of a session. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmt 10 min. Used to throttle the request rate for the service – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
__utmv 2 years Used when site owners create custom visitor-level variables for customising what can be measured. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmz 6 months Identifies the source of traffic to the site, for instance whether the traffic came from a search engine (Google, Bing etc.) or a social network (Facebook, Instagram, etc.).

Read more about Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites .

You can opt out of cookies from Google Analytics: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

You may want to read Google's Privacy Policy.

Controlling cookies

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies – learn how here.

If your concern about cookies relate to so called “spyware”, rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.