Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses analytical, essential, functionality and targeting (marketing) cookies.  These cookies help us to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. 

Analytical cookies

We use "analytical" cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Google Analytics cookies

This website uses Google Analytics cookies. Google Analytics set cookies to:

  • Identify unique users
  • Identify unique sessions
  • Throttle the request rate
  • Store information about users’ sessions and campaigns.

You can find more information about the individual Google Analytics cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Google Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to our website or to a certain page 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our website 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This tells us how you reached our website (eg from another website or a search engine) 6 months

Other cookies used on this website

We use other cookies on this website to help us understand better how our visitors use and interact with our website so we can make improvements to the user experience.  Some cookies are also essential for the website to work.  Please see list below of all the other cookies currently in use on our website which include essential, targeting, functionality and analytical cookies:

Cookie name

Cookie description

1.Asp.net_sessionID

Functionality cookie. ASP.Net_SessionId is a cookie which is used to identify the users session on the server. The session being an area on the server which can be used to store data in between http requests. 

2. _requestVerificationToken : 

Functionality cookie. This is an anti forgery token (prevent CSRF attack). It guarantees that the poster is the one who gets the form. 

3._ga 

Analytical cookie. Google analytics cookies (see table above)

4._gat 

Analytical cookie. Google analytics cookies (see table above)

5._gat_ua_68382304-5 

Analytical cookie. Google analytics cookies (see table above)

6. _hjIncludedInSample 

Analytical cookie. Hotjar analytics - This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. Like most tracking tools, Hotjar stores first party cookies on our visitor's browser. This is needed to display the correct content to our visitors.  Click here to find out more.

7. _optimizelyBuckets

Targeting cookie. Optimizely A-B testing - Optimizely, Inc. offers a range of website analytics services for A/B and multivariate testing purposes. We implement Optimizely as a way to better understand how our website is used.To find out more or to opt out please click here

8. _optimizelyEndUserID 

Targeting cookie. Optimizely A-B testing - Optimizely, Inc. offers a range of website analytics services for A/B and multivariate testing purposes. We implement Optimizely as a way to better understand how our website is used.To find out more or to opt out please click here

9._optimizelyPendingLogEvents

Targeting cookie. Optimizely A-B testing - Optimizely, Inc. offers a range of website analytics services for A/B and multivariate testing purposes. We implement Optimizely as a way to better understand how our website is used.To find out more or to opt out please click here

10. _optimizely_segments

Targeting cookie. Optimizely A-B testing - Optimizely, Inc. offers a range of website analytics services for A/B and multivariate testing purposes. We implement Optimizely as a way to better understand how our website is used.To find out more or to opt out please click here

11. __atuvc

Functionality cookie. AddThis social sharing widget - This is used on Blog posts and news items to allow users to share the content via their own social media channels. Click here to find out more or to opt out

12.   __atuvs

Functionality cookie. AddThis social sharing widget - This is used on Blog posts and news items to allow users to share the content via their own social media channels. Click here to find out more or to opt out

13. Cookieconsent_dismissed: 

Functionality cookie. This is added once a user accepts/declines the cookie policy banner on the homepage

14. UMB_UCONTEXT

Essential cookie. Umbraco specific cookies - Strictly necessary for the website to work correctly.  This cookie is set by websites using the Umbraco web content management system. It is usually only seen by site administrators accessing the back end of the website, rather than general visitors. 

15. UMB_UPDCHK

Essential cookie. Umbraco specific cookies - Strictly necessary for the website to work correctly.  This cookie is set by websites using the Umbraco web content management system. It is usually only seen by site administrators accessing the back end of the website, rather than general visitors.

16. XSRF-TOKEN

Essential cookie. Umbraco specific cookies - Strictly necessary for the website to work correctly.  This cookie is set by websites using the Umbraco web content management system. It is usually only seen by site administrators accessing the back end of the website, rather than general visitors.

17. XSRF-V

Essential cookie. Umbraco specific cookies - Strictly necessary for the website to work correctly.  This cookie is set by websites using the Umbraco web content management system. It is usually only seen by site administrators accessing the back end of the website, rather than general visitors.