Use of cookies

This website uses cookies to better the user’s experience while visiting the website. Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.

Types of cookies

Cookies can be categorised, based on their lifespan, as either Session Cookies or Persistent Cookies. Session Cookies are temporary and are deleted once the user closes their browser. Persistent Cookies will usually remain in one of the user’s browser’s subfolders, pending manual deletion or deletion by the browser on expiry of the cookie.

How to control cookies

Where applicable this website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow or disallow the use of cookies on their computer/device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user’s computer/device.

Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computer’s hard drive, they should take necessary steps within their web browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website and from third parties. The browser’s ‘Help’ function should contain information on how to set these preferences.

Please note that if you choose not to accept cookies from our website, some sections may not work properly.

The procedures for changing your settings and cookies differ from browser to browser. If necessary, use the help function on your browser or click on one of the links below to go directly to the user manual for your browser.

You may wish to visit for further information about cookies, how to block them on a variety of browsers and how to delete them.

Our cookies

The main cookies used by this website are:

Domain Cookie name Purpose
Third party _gat These cookies are set by Google Analytics which is a simple tool that helps us measure how users interact with our website. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics records information about the page a user has visited, for example the URL of the page. The cookies themselves are used to ‘remember’ what a user has done on previous pages and interactions with our website. Google Analytics opt out
Third party _ga Google Analytics: Used to distinguish users. Google Analytics opt out
Third party _gid Google Analytics: Used to distinguish users. Google Analytics opt out
First party (host) cookie_notice_accepted Placed when the user accepts the ‘This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services and to analyse traffic. Information about your use of this site is shared with Google. Please click OK to accept the use of cookies.’ message. When you click on the ‘OK’ button we have to set an additional cookie that will stop the information message from displaying. This cookie remembers your choice and prevents the message from displaying again until the cookie expires.  1 week
First party (WordPress) wordpress_test_cookie WordPress 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.
First party (WordPress) wp_settings_x, wp_settings_time_x These cookies are used to store date and time information on the WordPress CMS, and only collect data anonymously. WordPress uses this cookie to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
First party (WordPress) wordpress_logged_in WordPress uses this cookie to indicate when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.