How do we use Cookies? uses cookies to store information on your computer that aids in tracking how you use the website - these small text files make using our site a better experience for you, and also help us monitor how our website is used. it's vital information that lets us develop and tailor our website to reflect the habits and needs of our users, rather like an end of day stock take in a shop, or a customer survey, they help us do better at our job.


What are "Cookies"?

Unfortunately, they're not the tasty homebaked kind. this BBC webwise article is an impartial and factual summary of what cookies are and what they do (or don't)
BBC web wise cookie summary.


What cookies do we use?

Google Analytics:

Cookie: __utma

Description: This Google Analytics cookie is used to track traffic on our website and track each user’s visits and time for the first visit, previous visit and actual visit. This cookie will expire in 2038.

Cookie: __utmb

Description: This Goole Analytics cookie is used to track how long any given visitor is spending at our site; when the visit start and approximately ends. This cookie expires at the end of your session.


Cookie: __utmc

Description: This Goole Analytics cookie is used together with the __utmb cookie and has the same target. This cookie expires after 30 minutes.


Cookie: __utmz

Description: This cookie from Google Analytics is used to track traffic at our site and tracks where the user comes from (search engine, search words, link). This cookie expires after 6 months.

For a full technical breakdown of these cookies, read this (very technical) article from Google Developers.


ASP Cookies:

Cookie: ASP.NET_SessionId

Description: This cookie is a session cookie that keeps track of who the user is. This cookie is normally erased when the session is closed.


Description: This cookie is a session cookie that verifies if the user is authentic. This cookie normally expires at the end of the session. 



Social Media Cookies:

Cookie: __atuvc

Description: The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users.

Other Cookies:

Cookie: assetView

Description: The assetView cookie controls the apperance of the asset browser when a logged in user is adding assets (images, documents etc) to an editable page. This Cookie expires when the browsing session ends.