Cookies and privacy

About cookies

We put small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • remember your progress
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs

Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How we use cookies

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit this site. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
cookieMessage Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our message 1 month

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect anonymised information about how you use the website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

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

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

YouTube videos

We use YouTube to provide videos on this site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit this page.

Name Purpose Expires
_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser When you close your browser
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Lets YouTube count the views of embedded YouTube videos 9 months

Privacy policy

You can read our privacy policy to find out how we collect and process your data.