A cookie is a small text file containing an ID tag that is downloaded to your computer when you visit a website. The text file is then sent back to the server each time your browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser you are using. Cookies makes websites easier to use in a number of ways - allowing you to resume where you left off on the site, remembering your registered login, storing when you last visited a site so it can inform you of updated content and so on.
Using cookies does not allow us to identify users personally.
The Site uses a number of cookies to improve the sites functionality and to give us an overall picture of how visitors use our site, allowing us to improve the content and services we offer online.
Below are details of the cookies we use, and their purpose:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the administration and operation of our Site. Some cookies that we use are necessary for our Site to function properly and to enable you to move around the Site and use its features. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site.
Analytical/performance cookies. We may also use an analytics service provider (including Google Analytics) for website traffic analysis and reporting. Analytics service providers generate statistical and other information about the use of the Site by using cookies, which are stored on users' computers. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. The information generated relating to the Site may be used to create reports about the use of the Site and the analytics service provider will also store this information.
Functionality cookies. In addition we may also use functional cookies that allow our Site to remember choices you have made in relation to the Site so as to provide a more personalised and enhanced user experience by remembering your preferences (for example, remembering your password) and by delivering content specific to your interests.
Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Site more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|_utma||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users and sessions.||Google Analytics - cookie usage details|
|_utmb||Google Analytics||Used to determine new sessions/visits.|
|_utmc||Google Analytics||Used to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|_utmv||Google Analytics||Used to store user’s preferences and customisations to the Site.|
|_utmz||Google Analytics||Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the Site.|
|_ga -||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users.|
|_gat -||Google Analytics||Used to throttle request rate.|
|newReports||New Reports||Used to record the last time registered users visited the “reports download web page” within the subscriptions section of the Site.||We use this to inform you if new reports have been uploaded since your last visit.|
|authcache||Drupal||Cookies used to help with the caching of pages for logged in users.||Cookie used to improve user experience / performance of site and speed of navigation|
|aucp13n||Drupal||Cookies used to help with the caching of pages for logged in users.||Cookie used to improve user experience / performance of site and speed of navigation|
|SESS...||Drupal||Used to record whether or not users are logged in to the Site.||These are functionality cookies, which mean users don’t have to re-enter their username and password for each page within the subscriptions section of the Site. They also provide the 'remember me' function so users who come back before the expiry of the cookie don't have to log in again. These cookies have a name consisting of randomly generated letters and numbers, and will be deleted automatically from a user’s computer after a maximum of 1 year and 5 days|
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years.
Controlling and deleting cookies on your computer
All browsers allow you to manage which cookies you accept, reject and delete. You can usually find these controls under the ‘Preferences’ or ‘Tools’ menu. For more information please consult the “Help” section of your browser. If you choose not to accept cookies from the Site, some areas of the Site may not work properly.