Cookies Policy

What are ‘cookies’?

Cookies are small files downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you browse certain websites. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Please visit for more information about cookies and the way they work.

How do we use cookies? 

By using our website you agree that we can place the following cookies on your device:

(Type of Cookie/ Category & Description/ Purpose)

CMS Cookies  

Classification: Strictly necessary

These cookies are set by Drupal and are session cookies that are used to link a user to a session and determine if the users browser supports javascript. Both cookies expire at the end of the session 

Name Expires

The session ID Immediately

has_js End of session

Google Analytics 

Classification: Performance

The following four cookies are set by google analytics to track visits to the site.  

Name Expires

__utma Now + 2 years
__utmb Now + 30 minutes
__utmc End of session
__utmz Now + 6 months

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Category: Performance, Functionality

The following  cookies are set by embedded tweets in the blog. 

Name Expires

_twitter_sess End of session
guest_id Now + 23 months
k Now + 2 years
original_referer End of session

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Share This

Classification: Performance

These cookies are set by the “Share This” toolbar and are used by the sharing toolbar. 

Name Expires

__stid Now + 1 year
__uset Now + 3 hours
__utma Now + 2 Years
_umtb Now + 30 minutes
_umtz Now + 6 months

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Appendix A - Cookie Classification

Category 1 – Strictly necessary cookies: Those which are essential in order to enable a user to move around a website and use its features (e.g. shopping baskets or e-billing.)

Category 2 – Performance cookies: Those which collect anonymous information about pages visited/error messages etc. to improve how a website works.

Category 3 – Functionality cookies: Those which remember choices made by users to improve experience (e.g. user name, language, region) and any personalised features (e.g. localised weather/traffic news).

Category 4 – Targeting or advertising cookies:  Those used to deliver adverts more relevant to users and which collect information about their browsing habits.  These are typically placed by advertising networks and are shared with other organisations/advertisers.

How do I disable / enable cookies?

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

If you would like to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites which you visit please visit

Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about the management of cookies. Alternatively you can visit for more information.