Cookie policy

Last updated: May 2018

This Cookies Policy explains how we use your personal information.

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 this website 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 this website, 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 this website

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

Cookie Name Used for Cookie expries Definition


Metrics: Google Session Only

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site.


Metrics: Google 2 years

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website

_gat Metrics: Google Session Only       

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate

Drupal.visitor.gkcd Cookie Notification Message 1 year This website uses this cookie to log whether the cookie notification popup has been displayed, so it is not display again on for this user.
has_js System cookie to indicate whether user has Javascript enabled Session Only This website uses this cookie to log whether the user viewing the site has Javascript enabled in their browser.
collect Google Analytics Session Only Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

Changes to this Policy

We may update this 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. 


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