Visitors to Our Websites and Use of Cookies

When someone visits our websites we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behavior patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. Cookies help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and allow us to improve our site.

Use of Cookies

Supporting Site Information

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. We use cookies for the following general purposes:

Analytical cookies: These persistent cookies are used to recognize and count the number of visitors as well as providing other information about the visit such as duration, route through the site and what sites the visitor came from. This information helps us to improve the way our site works, for example by making sure users find what they need easily. These cookies are provided by Google.

Advertising and Third party cookies: We do not use persistent cookies or similar technologies (known as action tags, single pixel gifs and web beacons) to provide country-specific content or assess information about your visits to this site. These cookies may be used within third party advertisements on the site.

The table below gives more details about the specific cookies that may be used and why.

CookieNamePurposeMore Information
Google Analytics_ga
_gat
_gid
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.Click here for an overview of privacy at Google. This cookie is deleted at the end of your session.
Cookie ConsentcatAccCookiesCookie set by the UK cookie consent plugin to record that you accept the fact that the site uses cookies.Duration: 30 days
Amazon Web ServicesAWSALBCookie set by Amazon Web Services Load Balancer to preserve server session stickinessThis cookie is deleted 1 week after creation.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

How to Refuse the Use of Cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, if you do this you may lose some useful functionality such as personalisation and ‘keep me signed in’ and ‘remember me’ features.

How to Disable Cookies in Your Browser

Here’s how to prevent new cookies from being installed and how to delete existing cookies. The exact procedure depends on which browser you are using.

Internet Explorer

To prevent new cookies from being installed and delete existing cookies:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies

Firefox

To prevent new cookies from being installed:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

To delete existing cookies:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored

Google Chrome

To prevent new cookies from being installed and delete existing cookies:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en

Safari

To prevent new cookies from being installed and delete existing cookies:

http://help.apple.com/safari/mac/8.0/#/sfri11471