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Cookies are small pieces of data that are gathered from the device you use to visit our website, for example your computer or mobile phone. They are created to improve your experience of websites. 

How we use cookies

Any cookies used by this website are either required for the website to work correctly or to help us monitor our website, to improve it for future visitors. We do not use cookies to collect personal information about you or to identify individual users. More details about cookies can be found which will also tell you how you can manage cookies on your own device.

ASP.NET cookie

This cookie is set by the web server, which is then made available to web applications such as our content management system.

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId

Use: randomly generated session ID

Expires: When the user exits the browser

Type: Session, First party

Google Analytics cookies

Google Analytics sets a number of cookies to help us evaluate the use of our website, for example the number of visitors we have and the pages visited. Full details are available from the Google Analytics website

Name: _utma

Use: randomly generated number

Expires: 2 years

Type: Persistent, first party


Name: _utmb

Use: randomly generated number

Expires: 30 minutes

Type: Persistent, first party


Name: _utmc

Use: randomly generated number

Expires: when the user exits the browser

Type: Session, first party


Name: _utmz

Use: randomly generated number, plus information on how the site was reached (for example, directly, via a link or through organic search)

Expires: 6 months

Type: Persistent, first party

Why is this important?

The EU privacy law came into effect on 26 May 2011 and the UK government gave website owners until 25 May 2012 to comply. This law means that we must let you know what cookies we use and you have the option using your browser’s tools to not accept the cookies. But please be aware that this might affect how our website works for you.

For more information, visit the The Information Commissioner’s website

Your consent

The law asks that we obtain your consent to store and use these cookies. Whilst we are not asking you explicitly that you agree to this as it seems far too intrusive, we are seeking your implicit consent.