About cookies


Cookies are short documented information packets stored on your computer sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers.
The cookies can be used for a lot things and can enable a web server to identify and track web browsers and store personal information.
There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
What cookies do we use?
Google Analytics
We currently use the program Google Analytics to collect statistics from our website to show us how our site is used by visitors. 
The data is gathered to create reports and to help us to constantly update our site. All of the cookie information is 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.
Name of cookie (How long does it stay on my machine?)
__utma (2 years)
__utmb (30 minutes)
__utmc (until you close your browser)
__utmz (6 months)
More detailed information is available about Google Analytics cookies, and Google even offer an 'opt-out' plugin if you don't want to accept their cookies. 
Session cookie
It is essential that our site uses a session cookie for the site to function properly. By this point, the cookie will already have been set. You may delete and block all cookies from our site, but this may cause it to stop working properly.
Name of cookie (How long does it stay on my machine?)
PHPSESSID (20 minutes or until you close your browser)
Social media
This website uses sharing buttons associated with various social media services, all of which use remote cookies to recognise users who have previously logged in from the same computer/device. Cookies like this are quite controversial, and you would be well within your rights to refuse their use.
Name of cookie (How long does it stay on my machine?)
uit (2 years)
uvc (2 years)
psc (2 years)
uid (2 years)
__atuvc (2 years)
How do I control which cookies are allowed?
The easiest way is to select your internet browser's options to set the level of cookies your machine will accept.

Refusing cookies
Majority of browsers will allow you to reject to accept cookies.
In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.
In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”.
By blocking cookies it will have a negative impact upon using certain websites.