This section describes our cookies policy for puts small files (known as 'cookies') onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

Measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
Remember the notifications you've seen so that we don't show them to you again cookies aren't used to identify you personally. You'll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer. Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use Google Analytics stores information about:

  • How you got to the site
  • What you click on while you're visiting the site
  • How long you spend on the site
  • How long you spend on each link page you click through to
  • What you click on once at the page you've clicked through to

We don't collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information can't be used to identify who you are. We don't allow Google to use or share our analytics data. Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

  • _ga: this helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you've visited before - it expires after 2 years
  • _gat: used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made - it expires after 10 minutes

Google Analytics

  • _utma: like _ga, this lets us know if you've visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new or to a certain page - it expires after 2 years
  • _utmb: this works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on - it expires after 30 minutes
  • _utmc: this works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser - it expires when you close your browser
  • _utmz: this tells us how you reached this website (e.g. from another website or a search engine) - it expires after 6 months

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit - we'll store a cookie so that your computer knows you've seen it and knows not to show it again.

  • seen-cookie-message: saves a message to let us know that you've seen our cookie message - it expires after 1 month
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