Use of Cookies

A cookie is a piece of text which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree (or your browser agrees automatically if you have set it up in that way), your browser adds that text in a small file.

A cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets website operators know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We have included a full list of the cookies used on below, along with an explanation of what each cookie is used for. 

How to control and delete cookies

We know that people have concerns about cookies, but we believe that the benefit that you and we gain from their proper use is worthwhile.

You can delete the files that contain cookies - those files are stored as part of your internet browser. If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by, or indeed any other website, or if you wish to receive notification of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. Please be aware that declining or denying cookies may prevent you from being able to use the website to its highest capability.

If you would like more information about how cookies work, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to disable cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile device you will need to refer to your manual.

Cookies used on the website

This is a list of the main cookies set by the website, and an explanation of what each is used for:

__utma Metrics: Google 2 years uses Google analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.  Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of our website and compile reports on user activity
__utmb Metrics: Google 30 mins
__utmc Metrics: Google End of session
__utmz Metrics: Google 6 months
Aether Metrics: Gaia Insight 30 mins We use Gaia Insight to enable us to understand how visitors interact with, particularly the paths that visitors take through the site.  Your IP address and other personally identifiable data are not associated with any other data held by Gaia Insight.
is_returning Metrics: Crazy Egg 5 years We use Crazy Egg to see how visitors interact with areas of a page.  No personally identifiable data is captured during this process.
disclaimer Accessing disclaimer protected content End of session For content with disclaimers we set a cookie to ensure users accessing the protected content have seen and accepted the disclaimer first. also uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on our website in order to deliver the services that they are providing.  A list of all third party cookies that are used on is set out below.

__utma Metrics: Google 2 years
__utmb Metrics: Google Less than one day
__utmc Metrics: Google Date not set
__utmz Metrics: Google 6 months
JSESSIONID Metrics: Google Date not set

Changes to this Policy

We may update this Privacy and Cookies Policy from time to time to ensure that you are kept informed of how we use your personal information. We will notify you of any significant changes by flagging the updated policy on our website or by sending you an email.