How cookies are used
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or device, or are placed on the hard drive. Cookies are commonly used to help or personalise a user’s browsing experience and provide information on how users interact with our site so we can make improvements. Two types of cookies are used on this website.
1. Functional Cookies
Cookies are used when you interact with our website, which goes beyond simply clicking on links, to personalise your experience. We refer to these as ‘functional cookies’. Examples of where functional cookies are used include changing the test size and contrast using our accessibility options or by commenting on a news post.
2. Analytical Cookies
Cookies also help us to anonymously analyse how users interact with our site so we can make improvements, referred to here as ‘analytical cookies’. This information is generally used to make content more relevant and useful for future visits. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone through the use of Google Analytics. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website and do not collect personal information.
Cookies that are used
|Name||Type||What does it do?|
|TEXT_SIZE||Functional||This cookie is stored if you choose to adjust the text size via the accessibility options found at the top of every page.|
|CONTRAST||Functional||This cookie is stored if you change the contrast via the accessibility options found at the top of every page.|
|__atuvc||Functional||This cookie is generated by the sharing buttons (Add This sharing functionality) on various pages. It is essential for the buttons to work.|
|__utma||Analytical||This cookie is used to identify unique visitors. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time.|
|__utmb||Analytical||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on the site. Each time a user visits a page the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.|
|__utmc||Analytical||This cookie is used in conjunction with ‘__utmb’ to determine visitor sessions. Unlike ‘__utmb’ this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have been on the website in the past.|
|__utmz||Analytical||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site – it determines if the user has come directly to the site, via a search engine or via another source. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website.|
How to disable cookies
Users are able to block cookies which are set by Google Analytics when browsing websites by downloading the “Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on” tool. For details and to download click here.
If do not want websites to store any types of cookies on your computer you can find guidance on how to block them in your browser by visiting aboutcookies.org, however please note that some features may then be unavailable.