Cookies on this website

What are cookies and how do they benefit you

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. We use cookies on to improve your experience on our website. Some of the ways that using cookies benefit you include:

  • helping to make our website function properly
  • remembering when you are logged in
  • remembering your settings between visits
  • allowing you to share pages on social networks
  • allowing you to add comments to our blog
  • helping us to improve our website for you

Giving us consent to use cookies

We take your continued use of our website, along with your choice to browse with cookies enabled in your browser settings to mean that you are happy to do this. You are freely able to turn off cookies if you wish (this is explained below), however doing so will mean the website does not function as

How we use cookies

Website function cookies

These cookies enable functions on our website and without them the website cannot function in the way you’d expect. Some of these functions include providing you access to secure areas of the website, and to add comments on our blog.

Social website cookies

Our website allows you to share our content on social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter). Cookies are set by AddThis which provides us with lots of sharing buttons in one package.

Visitor statistics cookies

These cookies collect information anonymously on how visitors are using our site (for example how long they spend on the site, what pages they look at etc.) and this helps us to understand how visitors interact with our website and improve the website accordingly. To do this we use a number of third
party services including Google analytics and Efficient Frontier.

Advertising cookies

These cookies track visitors across websites. This helps to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and therefore more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers. For this purpose we use services provided by DoubleClick (owned by Google) and Media 6 Degrees.

Further Info

Cookie Name Duration Description
sq_system_session 1 month We use this cookie in order to maintain your user state (eg. logged in/out) and any related preferences/settings.
__atuvc, __atuvs, bt2, di2, loc, mus, uid, uvc, vc, xtc 1 day to 1 year These cookies are set by the AddThis social sharing widget which is embedded in our website to allow you to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.
_ga, _gid, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz 2 days to 2 years These cookies are set by Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. We use this service to track how visitors use the website so that we can improve the content we provide you.
_jsuid, heatmaps_g2g, _first_pageview, _eventqueue 1 day to 20 years These cookies are set by Clicky web analytics service. This service allows us to track how you move through the site. 
_ots, _otui, _otpe, machine-id 1 day to 6 years These cookies are set by Opentracker. This service allows us to track how you move through the site. We use it to monitor use of our site in real time to make sure we’re providing useful and relevant content.
disqus_unique 1 year This cookie is set by Discus who provide the service that allows you to comment on our blog.
__gads, IDE, test_cookie, GoogleAdServingTest 1 day to 2 years These cookies are associated with the DoubleClick for Publishers service from Google. Their purpose is to measure the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
cookieconsent_status 1 year This cookie stores your cookie consent preference.

Turning cookies off

If you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can do so by changing your browser settings. The exact way will depend upon your internet browser and the settings are usually under found under privacy or security. Please be aware however that doing so will limit the functionality of our website
and others.