Privacy & website cookies

To ensure that our website is as useful as possible we sometimes need to use cookies to help us gather information about how our website visitors use this site.

What are cookies?

A cookie (web cookie, or browser cookie) is a small file which is stored on your computer when you visit a website. These files are used by the website for a number of things but mainly to remember where you have been on the website and what you are searching for.

In some cases cookies also assist in any interaction between you and the website, for example when using social media such as facebook and twitter.

For a more details read more about cookies on Wikipedia.

How do we use them?

We use cookies to record how our visitors use and browse around our website. This is helpful for us to determine popular and unpopular pages and lets us know where we need to improve and what services we may need need to promote or update.

In order to achieve this we use Google Analytics system which shows us what our most popular sections are, what our users type into Google in order to find us and how effective our news and media campaigns are.

On login, wordpress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the user data part of this website.

After login, wordpress sets the wordpress_logged_in_[hash] cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.

We use other types of cookies sparingly and only when needed.

What do these cookies look like?

If you check your web browser settings for the cookies that our site has stored on your computer you should see:

Cookie Name Purpose Cookie Identifier
Google Analytics Tracks how you use our website, which areas you visit and how you found our website. Also tells us about how you accessed our site (if you used a mobile or PC for example) and how long you spent reading information __utma
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login cookie  indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use wordpress_logged_in_[hash]

Questions

If you have any further queries about how our website uses cookies then feel free to contact us.