What are cookies?

Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer by websites. When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, this file is stored on your computer. For subsequent visits the website can access this cookie file to retreive the information it stored previously.

Cookies are used for many different purposes, such as remembering preferences or keeping you logged in between visits. They are also used to track visits to websites for statistical purposes and sometimes to display targeted advertisements based on websites you have previously visited.

Why should I care?

On the 26th May 2011 a new privacy law came into effect across the EU requiring websites to ask visitors for consent to use cookies.

For more information please see the Information Commissioner's Office Cookie advice.

Cookies in use on this website

Below is a table containing the details of the cookies we use on this website, along with their purpose.

Name Description Expiration
cookiesAllowed Stops the 'cookie' message appearing for visitors who have agreed to the use of cookies. 6 months from set/update
__utma Used to determine the number of unique visitors to our website. 2 years from set/update
__utmb Used to track each visit you make to our website, what pages you visit and how long you spend on our website. 30 minutes from set/update
__utmz Helps us to identify how you found our website, for example; a referring website, web search or email/adveristing campaign. 6 months from set/update