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Cookie policy

Last updated 13 June 2018

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files (letters and numbers) that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to us about the people who use our sites.

How do we use them?

Our websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website and to provide you with a good experience when you browse our websites.

We do not use a plugin to generate social sharing icons and do not store any cookies or visitor information from this.

What types of Cookies do we use?

We use the following cookies:

  • Analytical / performance cookies: They allow us to collect information in an anonymous form about how visitors use our sites including by recognising and counting the number of visitors to our site and seeing how visitors move around it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that visitors easily find what they are looking for. We use Google Analytics and Hotjar to do this. Please see below for privacy details of both Google Analytics and Hotjar;
  • Functionality cookies: These are used to enhance visitor experience and recognise you when you return to our website. They include some third-party cookies used to enable visitors to share content from our sites, via social networks. If you disable these cookies, the social sharing feature will not be available to you.

The table below shows the cookies we use and their function:

Cookie Name Purpose
_hjIncludedInSample Hotjar Session cookie enabling Hotjar to know whether a visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate heatmaps. These enable us to make sure the layouts of our pages are working well for our website users. Expires after one year.
_ga Google Analytics Used to distinguish visitors. Expires after two years.
_gid Google Analytics Used to distinguish visitors. Expires after one year.
_gat_UA-61837135-3 Google Analytics Used to enable us to gather meaningful analytics. Expires after one minute.
Vimeo Used by video embeds. Please refer to Vimeo’s privacy policy at
YouTube Used by video embeds. Please refer to Google’s privacy policy at

You will need to either accept or decline the cookies we use.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.

Google Analytics and Hotjar also offer methods by which you can opt out of data collection via their cookies; please see and

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or

Changes to Our Cookie Policy

Any changes we may make to our Cookie Policy in the future will be posted on our website and, where appropriate, notified to you.


Any queries or concerns about the use of cookies on this website should be sent by email to