Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer’s hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved. Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely.

Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

If you choose to prevent the use of all cookies through your browser settings, you may not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

First-Party Cookies

These cookies are placed by software that operates on our website (first-party cookies).

Cookie Category Duration Description
PHPSESSID Strictly Necessary Until you close your browser To maintain information about each visit to the website and enable core site functionality. This cookie does not contain any personal information and only lasts for the duration of your visit.
wordpress_test_cookie Strictly Necessary Until you close your browser A test performed to see if cookies are enabled on your browser.
wordpress_* Functionality 12 months Used to maintain any user’s identity if they log into the site. Only applicable for website administration and development.
wordpress_logged_in_* Functionality 12 months Used to maintain any user’s identity if they log into the site. Only applicable for website administration and development.
wordpress_sec_* Functionality Until you close your browser Used to maintain any user’s identity if they log into the site. Only applicable for website administration and development.
comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url Functionality 2 weeks These cookies are set by WordPress when a visitor leaves a comment against a blog.
wp_dlm_downloading Functionality 60 seconds The cookie stores the version code of the file last downloaded by the client for 60 seconds, and then the cookie expires and is automatically deleted. It serves to prevent the server-side download counter from incrementing multiple times if a user double-clicks a link or if their browser/download-client makes multiple requests to download a file within a 60 second window.No personally identifiable information is stored in the cookie.
cookie_notice_accepted Functionality 12 months Records that you have seen and actioned our cookie banner.

Third-Party Cookies

These cookies are placed by software operated by third parties whose services we use (third-party cookies).

Google Analytics will only be set if you click “I Accept” on our cookie banner:

Cookie Category Duration Description
_ga Analytical 2 years We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. We have opted to anonymise any IP information and not to share our analytics data with anyone.Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on the site
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

For further information on Google Analytics cookies, please visit Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites or view the Google Privacy Policy . Google also offers a free browser add-on which lets people opt-out of Google Analytics.

_gat Analytical 10 minutes Google Analytics cookie – see above (used to throttle request rate)
_gid Analytical 24 hours Google Analytics cookie – see above (used to distinguish users)

If you “share” our content with colleagues through social networks – such as Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn – you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.