What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that are gathered from the device you use to visit our website, for example your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Cookies are created to improve your experience of websites, for example they are needed for shopping carts or if you visit a site where you need to log in. 

Cookies can be classified into persistent or session and first party or third party, explained below:

  • session cookies are created temporarily when you a visit a website, for example to remember your information entered in a form when navigating to different pages. They do not contain any personal information about you and are deleted when you leave the site
  • persistent cookies (also called a stored or permanent cookie) are used to collect information such as web surfing behaviour or preferences for a specific website. These cookies are not deleted when you leave the website, but expire after a set period
  • first or third party cookies - these describe whether the cookies are issued by the website that you are currently visiting (first party) or by a different site (third party).

Our use of cookies

We do not use cookies to collect personal information about you or to identify individual users. Any cookies used by this website are either on a per session basis or to help us monitor our website, to improve it for future visitors.

  • ASP.NET cookie

    This cookie is set by IIS, which is then made available to .net 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

    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

    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

    Name: iptac-842B2B49CA86-6LX3X4J
    Use: performance cookies

    This cookie collects information about how our visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

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. The law aims to give you greater control over your online privacy. For more information, visit the The Information Commissioner’s website.

Controlling cookies

You can control whether to accept or refuse cookies and to delete cookies that have already been set.

If you choose not to accept or to disable our cookies, you may not be able to use some site features.

Changing your cookie settings in your browser

To control the way your device manages cookies, go to your browser settings. The links below are designed to help but are not exhaustive: