Cookie Usage & Policy
We use cookies and similar tools across this website to improve performance and enhance your user experience.

What are cookies?
Cookies are simply tiny text files that a website can place on your computer or device to store a small amount of information. This information might be an identification number, the colour you have selected as your preferred background for their site, your username for their site or anything else like this. Cookies allow a website or other online service (such as advertising banner providers) to provide you with personalised content because they can 'remember' who you are by reading these cookies.

What types of cookies are used on this website?

We use cookies and similar technologies to undertake 4 different functions. Our usage of cookies fluctuates considerably so at any one time we may or may not use cookies for the following functions:

1. Essential Cookies

These cookies enable the website to operate correctly. Without them, the website may not function as you wish it to.

2. Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to see how people use the website and then make improvements and changes to the site based on that information. Sometimes these cookies may be used to personalise content to you.

3. Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the website to undertake tasks such as setting your background to your preference or remembering your username so you don't have to type it out every time you want to log in.

4. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies

Some websites contain advertising which is often provided by third party suppliers. They will generally set one or more cookies to be able to track your behaviour on a website. Using this anonymous data they can provide you with targeted advertising and similar products. This should not be of concern though because, despite the company knowing what you do, they will not know who you are unless you explicitly provide such data to them.

Breakdown of Cookies Used on This Site
This table may not mean much to some people but for those who are interested, here are the cookies that this site sets and their settings.

Cookie Name
Sample Value
UsageExpires
__utma
181710369.1424860815.1342100066.1342100066.1342105987.2
Google Analytics2 Years
__utmb
181710369.5.10.1342105987
Google Analytics1 Day
__utmc
181710369
Google AnalyticsSession
__utmz
181710369.1342100066.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)Google Analytics6 Months
PHPSESSIDa87b81e3ba2e962caec55e0db6cde04a
Native user ID no.Session

This table was last updated on 4th October 2012. It will be updated after any major site changes are made.

For more detailed information you can read the original guidance from the ICO here.